The backyard, the photo booth, the beautiful clientele, the taco truck (dear God, the taco truck!) — truly, Union Pool is a treasure of L-line Brooklyn. Few other places in this city can claim to have supplied so many perfect ends to wild nights and crowded dance parties over the last decade as this hipster hang beneath the BQE. But, looking for a little elbow room, tasty grub, and a change of pace, we've moved to Lavender Lake on the shores of Gowanus. Apparently, many of Union Pool's lovely regulars have also migrated here. Well designed within and an urban beach out, the hearty, delicious food, relaxed mood, and great spirit make this our boozy backyard of choice.
Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue (between Skillman Avenue and Conselya Street); 718-609-0484
Lavender Lake, 383 Carroll Street (between Bond and Nevins Streets); 347-799-2154
Photo: Union Pool, Courtesy of Union Pool; Lavender Lake, Courtesy of Lavender Lake.