The West coffee shop and liquor bar, 379 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The West coffee shop and liquor bar, 379 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Situated in Union Avenue, Brooklyn, this modest sized coffee bar quickly became our favourite breakfast haunt in the neighbourhood.

The West coffee shop and liquor bar, 379 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

With its low lighting and laptop-friendly ambience, this is a great place to get work done (there’s free wi-fi), while chomping on their delicious breakfast fare.

I became particularly enamoured with  the toasted cream cheese bagels – and the coffee wasn’t bad either – with the reasonable prices keeping us coming back for more.

The West coffee shop and liquor bar, 379 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

The West opened in Sept 2010, and is named after legendary Hollywood actress Mae West, who lived nearby.

West gained notoriety for producing plays tackling controversial and progressive issues like social class, sex, African Americans, and homosexuality.

On its website, the cafe claims that they’ve been inspired by the formidable Mae:

In the spirit of Mae West, we strive to create a comfortable, sustainable space to support our community of talented and progressive artists, programmers, screenwriters, lawyers, writers, etc. by providing amazing snacks, drinks, free wifi, and events space.

The West coffee shop and liquor bar, 379 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

The West is open from 7am till 2am on Mondays to Saturday, and feels quite different at night where there’s often live performances, trivia nights, poetry readings and other forms of entertainment going on.

The West coffee shop and liquor bar, 379 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Outside serving hatch.

The West coffee shop and liquor bar, 379 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Although it’s fairly empty in this view, the place can get busy at times.

The West coffee shop and liquor bar, 379 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

The rear area was always full of laptop-toting customers. There’s also a small outside area accessible through the door to the left.

The West coffee shop and liquor bar, 379 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Beer selection.

The West coffee shop and liquor bar, 379 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

More info: 
The West Brooklyn
379 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211
contact@thewestbrooklyn.com T / 718-599-1704
MONDAY-SATURDAY 7:00am – 2:00am ​SUNDAY 7:00am – 12:00am
Free Wifi!