Passing the Bar: Lady J’s

Written by Joy Y. Wang on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts.


Aside from the occasional Sunday night kickball, Williamsburgers are not known for their athleticism. that stereotype might be about to change with the arrival of set of two stellar Pabst Blue ribbon Cornhole boards at Sam Mason’s new bar, Lady Jay’s. Corn-hole, according to the American Cornhole Association (www.playcornhole. org), is also known as bean toss, soft horseshoes and Indiana horseshoes, and it involves lobbing corn-filled beanbags into a hole on a raised platform. The kids at Lady Jay’s proved that neither tattoos nor trucker hats hinder success at the game, which was up in the backyard.

The bar opened at the end of June and has stayed relatively below the radar this summer. mason, the chef at the now-closed tailor and host of IFC’s Dinner with the Band, reportedly insists that food won’t part of the menu at Lady Jay’s, which was named after his grandmother and not member of throbbing Gristle, as we have been hearing. on a recent Monday night, however, there was a smattering of on a card table in the yard. But aside from mason scarfing a sandwich between pouring drafts (Sixpoint Brownstone for $6, and Goose island White, Coney island IPA, as well as a few imported standards, for $5), most of the consuming centered on beer.

And if the expert Cornholers at Lady Jay’s are any indication, $3 cans of Lion’s head Lager (two for $5) are the drink of choice when sporting. spectators to the public Cornholing can also choose from several well-priced beer-and-shot combinations: the shorty and a shot is a small pour of draft beer and a serving of well liquor for $5, and a tall boy with a shot of moonshine rings up at $7. Also, Picklebacks—a shot of pickle brine—can be added to any drink for $1.

A highlight of the bar, Lady Jay’s backyard is relatively roomy for a Grand street dive. the walls of the enclosed space are lined with clean wood planks, and built-in benches run along three sides. No other furniture clutters up the space, making it a perfect venue to watch folks inside, the bar is as nondescript as Ontario bar down the street, and an equally pleasant post-work, weekday stop. A variety of antlers hang on the wall, and the jukebox boasts a solid country selection that includes Buck Williams, Loretta Lynn and Waylon Jennings.

While tending the bar. the lack of fuss and pretension makes Lady Jay’s seem like a good place to hole up with some cheap beer, stay out of the spotlight and get to cornholing.


Lady Jay’s 633 Grand St. (betw. Manhattan Ave. & Leonard St.), Brooklyn, 718-387-1029

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