FreeDarko, an avant-garde basketball blog that shut down in 2011, pioneered “liberated fandom”: rather than pledge loyalty to a franchise, fans root for players, coaches and story arcs. That spirit lives on at the Low Post, a hoops-centric bar that opened in Bedford-Stuyvesant in March.
“Athletic stars set the stage for style and art and politics,” said Alex Escamilla, an owner of Low Post. “There’s a lot of people who don’t care about the Knicks but want to see LeBron.” Sadly, many tortured New Yorkers can only dream of such enlightened basketball freedom.
Most sports bars are caverns of dark wood and stale Michelob, mutant dives that sprouted too many televisions. Low Post, a 1,400-square-foot storefront on Fulton Street, once occupied by a Pentecostal church, has eight flat screens but swatted depressing elements.
There are citrus-hued lights, spacious booths and Creamsicle-colored walls adorned with images of John Starks, a poster for Tupac Shakur’s film “Above the Rim” and, on one night, a TV showing a 1991 finals game between the Bulls and Lakers. “It’s cool vibes — it’s very cultural and New York,” said Kwa Agyei, an engineer who lives in the neighborhood.
Neighborhood spot with a diverse mix of natives and transplants, unified by a love of hooded sweatshirts. Plenty of Carhartt, neo-rustic overalls, dad hats, leather moto jackets and, in one case, a woman in a red satin jacket with “Budweiser” embroidered on the back. “They have really amazing sports style,” Ms. Escamilla said of the clientele.
On an April weeknight, tunes included retro East Coast cuts like Big Pun’s “Caribbean Connection” and Das EFX’s “Microphone Master.” Other evenings feature team-oriented playlists compiled by regulars or halftime trivia contests. During important games, the broadcast stays on.
All ages, no cover.
Affordable tippling: $4 cans of Tecate, an assortment of wine for $10 or less; cocktails like the Fernet old-fashioned go for $12. Grub-wise, mandatory hot wings with blue cheese ($12) and double cheeseburgers ($17), along with “pace and space”-era updates like avocado toast ($8).
The Low Post, 1452 Fulton Street (between Brooklyn and Kingston Avenues), 347-627-2687; thelowpostnyc.com. Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.