The Mallard Drake will breathe new life into the former Diamond Bar space
Greenpoint is getting a fun and affordable new watering hole. Tony Petillo, the owner of the Greenpoint staple Brooklyn Shelter (120 Franklin St.), is opening a new bar called mallard duck (43 Franklin St.) at the location that previously housed The Diamond.
“Diamond Dave ran one of my favorite places in Greenpoint,” Petillo said. “We will try to do him justice.”
The Mallard Drake will serve as a “cheap beer and shot joint” according to Petillo, with low-key vibes similar to Safehouse. The new spot will feature a free pool in an all-night downstairs section, a fun photo booth, and a classic arcade game station.
The Mallard Drake may look like an everyday sedan on the outside, but useful touches are planted throughout the space. Hooks for hanging bags and coats under the main bar are shaped like ducks, and duck-shaped lamps are placed in the seats.
On weekends there will be a “Make Your Own Bloody Mary” bar. And every day there will be a line of soda dedicated to pickle juice. “I think I made it up,” laughs Petillo, hoping bargoers will be just as excited about the idea of chilled pickle juice in a soda gun.
The Mallard Drake’s beer menu will feature budget options like PBR and Miller. There will be an inexpensive whiskey list and a cocktail menu featuring Petillo’s favorite underrated liquor, Galliano.
The music played will likely be a mix of 80s dark new wave and whatever guests stream via Bluetooth. Petillo also encourages people to bring their own records as he has a record player in the downstairs pool area.
Eventually, customers will be able to enjoy a backyard when construction next door is complete, perhaps in about a year. Also, food is being prepared and the kitchen will start serving at some point after opening, as Petillo is still working out the details.
The Mallard Drake will be a late-night, after-dinner joint, usually open from 2 p.m. to 4 a.m. Petillo hopes to get the liquor license in the next few days, and when he receives it, he’ll be ready to open the Mallard Drake within days.
Although no date has been set, The Mallard Drake will open in the coming weeks with a grand opening celebration that will feature local artists. Art already adorns the walls of the bar. Featured artists include Chris Smith (@subtexture_works), Marc Albright (@selfindulgence20), Mount Antrim (@monteantrim), Carri Skoczek (@carriskoczek), Sharilyn Neidhardt (@SharilynNeidhardt), and Christine Coco Murray (@aperfectbag).