Mon-Thu, 6pm-2am; Fri, 5pm-2am; Sat, 2pm-2am; Sun, 2pm-midnight
G, L at Metropolitan Ave.-Lorimer St.; L at Graham Ave.; G at Nassau Ave.
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In the DIY borough of handmade pickles, house-infused bitters, and foods so local that your sandwich could probably give you directions, it only makes sense that Brooklyn’s New York Distillery Company should open a bar—The Shanty—to ply their wares. The Shanty itself is nothing special to look at it—it has that typical utilitarian look of so many Williamsburg bars, with spare brick walls, some post-industrial lighting fixtures, shop chairs, and exposed piping tracing the ceiling (you can even spy the distillery itself through the window in the back). But the booze, ah, the booze: The Shanty’s cocktails feature the “Navy Strength” and Dorothy Parker Gin (with notes of hibiscus, elderberries, and more) made right next door, and the bar recently rolled out Mr. Katz's Rock & Rye liquor, a deadly combination of whiskey and rock candy. There are tours of the distillery itself from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, plus some local beers, cider, and finger food to round out the menu—flavored nuts and cheeses and the like.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.