Let’s Go Out: 5 Fun Spots to Watch the NYC Marathon Along 4th Avenue in Brooklyn

There are few events that you can feel across all of New York City. The annual TCS New York City Marathon is one of them, with runners starting on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island and trekking through all five boroughs before crossing the finish line in Central Park 26.2 miles later. In Brooklyn, the route will take runners up Fourth Avenue for miles two through four on Sunday morning.

So, where can you cheer on your very athletic, motivated, and slightly crazy friends? Here are five fun spots along the Fourth Avenue section of the route, if you’re interested.  

Gowanus Gardens; Source: @gowanusgardens

1. Gowanus Gardens256 Fourth Avenue – Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY 11215 

Gowanus Gardens Bar + Kitchen opened in September and is celebrating its very first year with a prime marathon-watching location by opening at 9am with food and drink specials including $7 frittatas (yum!), $9 hot cider cocktails (also yum!), $9 bloodies, $9 mimosas, and $11 iced Irish coffees. Gowanus Gardens also has, you guessed it, a garden in the back, complete with pretty lights and colorful, painted walls.    

Fourth Avenue Pub; Source: @bloodygoodlife

2. Fourth Avenue Pub76 Fourth Avenue – Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Fourth Avenue Pub, a laid-back and casual bar with an amazing beer selection, is hosting their annual “New York Marathon Bloody Mary & Mimosa Happy Hour” (which sounds very official) from 9am-4pm, complete with free bagels and $1 off bloodies and mimosas! Their website says it’s “one of our favorite days here at Fourth Avenue Pub,” so it must be good. Also, they have free popcorn and a patio.

Mission Dolores; Source: @missiondoloresbar

3. Mission Dolores – 249 Fourth Avenue – Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY 11215 

Another Fourth Avenue gem, Mission Dolores is a fun, casual bar (it used to be a tire shop, which is very Gowanus-chic) with a cute patio, pinball machines, board games, awesome prices, and you can even bring your dog. Mission Dolores is opening at 9:30am for coffee, bloodies, and pastries. They’ll have the marathon on TV in addition to a front row seat IRL.    

Cherry Tree Bar; Source: Yelp

4. Cherry Tree – 65 Fourth Avenue – Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215 

Cherry Tree has a “chilled out but lively local bar vibe,” which is seemingly perfect for some marathon watching. They offer an array of craft beer, whiskeys and wine alongside a full menu with pizza, salads and more. They’ll be open this Sunday, and so will their large, brick patio in the back (for after the race, of course).

Bread & Joe; Source: @parkslopeheaven

5. Bread & Joe618 Fourth Avenue – Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY 11215 

Looking for more of a coffee shop vibe? Bread & Joe, located at the marathon 10K mark (which, for those dying to know, is the farthest I have ever run) is super cute and has a nice location right off the Prospect Avenue R/N/W train. Also, if you feel inclined, there is a delicious Chinese & Japanese take-out restaurant next door called Taste of Oriental. Random, but true.

So, in summary, there are a ton of really great options when it comes to watching the marathon along Fourth Avenue. It has also become very clear that if you are ever looking for a patio…Fourth Avenue is the place to go!

As you can see from the variety of locations above, Park Slope (and South Slope), Gowanus, and Boerum Hill all border Fourth Avenue. From my extensive research for you all (i.e. Googling), Boerum Hill is west of Fourth Avenue from Flatbush Avenue down to Baltic Street. Gowanus is directly south of Boerum Hill, from Baltic Street to the Prospect Expressway. Directly across Fourth Avenue is Park Slope, also from Flatbush Avenue down to the Prospect Expressway. South Slope is *mostly* a subset of Park Slope south of 15th Street, but extends through Greenwood Cemetery. 

Anyway, GOOD LUCK and CONGRATULATIONS those of you running this year’s New York City Marathon – we’ll be cheering you on from Fourth Avenue!

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