L at DeKalb Ave.; L at Jefferson St.; 2, 3 at Grand Army Plaza
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Just past the Jefferson L stop is what appears to be a rather sober glass-and-steel-fronted café, where from 8 a.m. on locals nurse Café Grumpy coffee and Ceci-Cela pastries amid exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and taxidermy. But when the clock strikes 11 a.m., out come the cocktail list and fourteen taps pumping local craft brews (Smuttynose, Southern Tier) starting at $4 a pint. The menu is whiskey-, tequila-, and mescal-heavy, though house-infused spirits like Earl Grey tea–infused gin also factor in. Simon Glenn’s pop-up Tchoup Shop, open Wednesday through Sunday, dishes out New Orleans comfort food, including duck gumbo and catfish po’boys. Beer-and-shot specials ($5 for PBR and Old Crow) keep revelers liquored up well into the wee morning, and then it’s only a few hours before they can do it all over again.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.