There’s a rich history to be found at this corner location. Owning quite possibly the busiest intersection in the neighborhood on Franklin St. and Greenpoint Ave., Pencil Factory is a discrete bar standing proud of its roots.
It was originally a hangout for fisherman a few blocks away on the East River in the early 1900’s. After that, it serviced the bustling and iconic pencil factory across the street – giving workers a place to relax after their work day. After the neighborhood slowly morphed into a livable and lively place, the bar kept its simple facade. the patrons have surely changed, although the charm is still very much there.
It’s full of hard wood, exposed brick, and candlelit tables. At night, it is intentionally dark. The space fills up with chatter, and fantastic drink specials keeps everyone around. It’s casual, friendly, and the bar moves quickly. It dominates the back wall, leaving plenty of room to sit and relax, or grab a drink and sit at a table.
All in all, well selected draft beers and a rich heritage are strong reasons to check out Pencil Factory. It is very much a bar patron’s style bar.