5pm-8pm; $15 cheeseburger and draft beer
L at Montrose Ave.
The decreasingly desolate Williamsburg-Bushwick borderland may not be short on divey nightlife, but there are snatches of the region where the warehouses are actually still warehouses. Like Kings County and Wreck Room before it, Anchored Inn has taken over a relatively lifeless block to give the L train set one more dark, pint-serving refuge. The draft selection is small but well edited by owners Carmen Mello and Adrienne Dowd, longtime bartenders at Chelsea’s Half King; Lefthand Milk Stouts and Sixpoints mingle with the obligatory cans of PBR on the handsome cedar bar and in repurposed leather booths. The décor’s nautical theme is implied but not overt—there are harpoons and renderings of squids wrestling whales, yes, but also velvet paintings of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Il, portraits just ironic enough to sate the area’s arty youth.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.