Bar Sepia - Brooklynian

Bar Sepia

Finally had a drink at Bar Sepia on Friday night. It's located on Underhill between Eastern Parkway and St. Johns. Very nice designed space with a small outdoor patio. Nice wine by the glass but with a really boring selection of beer in both bottles and on tap. Friendly vibe!


  • Agreed - a great and comfortable space. Go take a look at the sign in the men's bathroom. And send in a camphone photo...
  • i live across the street and love sepia. the owner is a local rez, delissa and her husband. much care and love is/was put into the joint. from my first glass of wine...always friendly and sweet and many good conversations with the clientale. also always a great mix of people, really representative of the neighborhood.
    after the elections my girlfriend and i stumbled out away from the TV around 1am, already sloshed, with depression on the horizan. we went there. a huge group of like-minded individuals. screaming at the TV. delissa and her barkeeps made sure our glasser were full...on the house. it helped deaden the pain....just one of my memories of sepia.
  • My favorite spot in the neighborhood!

    Actually - I'm looking for a room /share in the area so I can stay close to it and the park.
  • Now THAT is customer loyalty.
  • Well I've got friends in the neighborhood - ita not ALL about Sepia -- but I will say it's the most pleasant place to have an after work pint - and the crowd is really great.

    Oh and Candace the bartender is an amaaaaaaazxing jazz singer - who has been doing shows lately...not to be missed.
  • Time to create a Zombie thread!

    Those of us who go there regularly, know that Bar Sepia hasn't changed too much over the last 8 years, and has become a community of sorts.

  • Always was, hopefully always will be. Although there has been some change... unless its a special event, like New Years or the annual March anniversary party, its been a number of years since I walked in and had a "Norm" moment, i.e., everyone in the place looks up, smiles and says my name. On a crowded night, I may now know 2-3 people, not including bar staff. So the palce definitely has changed. But so has the neighborhood.

    Then again, its been a number of years since I was there more than once a month. Might've been a bad idea to have those damned children.

  • I am by no means as regular as some of the "real" regulars, but am certainly a familiar face.

    Yes, the crowd has changed. It was once the only place to go nearby, now there are many, many places.

    ...part of my loyalty might stem from Bar Sepia securing me as a customer during my "formative years", my 30s.

  • I have just learned that Bar Sepia turns 9 years old this weekend!


    Congrats to Delissa (on right) and her hard working crew!

  • Good on, Delissa. It's a quintessential "local".

  • Come join us to celebrate our 9th Anniversary!

    Friday, April 5th


    Bar Sepia

    234 Underhill Ave


    Hope to see you!!!!

  • Bar Sepia received the 2013 Brooklyn Small Business Award!

    Thank you SBS Commissioner Robert Walsh, Ann Rangone, Jerry Bruno, all at the SBS and the NYC Neighborhood Achievement Awards Committee for the AMAZING honor!

    Quote and photo from Delissa's Facebook page.

  • edited March 2014
    This Saturday, March 15th, Bar Sepia turns 10!

    ....past and present customers will unite!

  • edited May 2017
    Now testing the market to see if she can really turn this into $2.3M I (along with other regulars) would be sad to see the bar change...
  • Does the owner of the bar own the building? I really hope Bar Sepia sticks around. I've been a few times the past few months - same as I remember it when I moved to the neighborhood a decade ago.
  • Yes, she and her husband own the building.
  • Any chance they could sell to someone who lets them keep the bar in business? Or they're probably ready to cash out, right? Very unfortunate, but I trust it's the smart business decision.
  • The ad above seems to state she would like to keep running the business, and would enter into a long term lease with the new owner.
  • "A rare opportunity to purchase one of only a few residential properties with retail space on Underhill Ave. Perfect for an end user who wants to run their business downstairs" - wouldn't that mean the buyer would run their business, presumably not the same Bar Sepia?
  • Under additional comments it states: "-There really is no current rent roll, however the retail tenant would like to stay and is willing fair market.The current business is very well established."
  • Good point - let's hope that turns out to be the final result.
  • I interpret it to mean that "if I have to leave, you are going to need to pay full price"
  • Just wanted to chime in, the bar owners do not own the building. I would imagine they have a solid lease left and the owner of the building lives on the top floor and plans to move out, leaving only the commercial tenant for the new owner. I feel like Sepia will be around for a while.
  • @van_bon is correct. All this time I assumed she and her husband owned the building, because she ran the bar and (for a while) lived upstairs. However, ACRIS states the deed is not under their name. Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 8.29.10 PM
  • I have heard that the bar's closing is now imminent. either the end of this month or february. too bad because it is a local favorite of mine.
  • Yes, she had a great run and Bar Sepia will be missed. I'm going to make sure to go a few times before it goes.
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