Tandem has been a local favorite for a while. How they got away with being in the middle of a residential area - and by that I mean in the middle of a block amongst houses - is a bit of a mystery. But onwards and upwards: it's closing next Sunday. Looks like it's closing due to personal reasons / lifestyle changes of the owner. 5 years, and then death for a bar - I can't tell if that's old or young for the neighborhood, but I lean towards old.
On the flipside, a new bar has opened on Myrtle between Willoughby and Bushwick Ave, across from hipster-distilled coffeeshop Little Skips. Birdys promises to be something like a dive you'd find on the side of a highway in the American southwest. And I'm happy to check that out some time.