G at Clinton-Washington Aves.; C at Clinton-Washington Aves.; B, Q at Seventh Ave.
It’s hard enough to find a perfect Presbyterian in Manhattan—at least the kind with rye—and now this refined, old-fashioned cocktail bar dares to bring them to Prospect Heights. There are eight, expertly-mixed options on the cocktail menu, plus an additional bartender's pick every week. Sazeracs come spicy and delicate, garnished with a large orange rind, while the dark & stormies arrive with pretty rocks of sugared ginger. British owner Kathryn Weatherup designed the shadowy interior, hanging heavy box-shaped lamps on the subway-station-tiled ceiling, large oval mirrors on the brick walls, and an arresting mixed-media canvas with piano strings near the windows. Boxy booths in small corners are suitable for intimate after-dinner drinks, while larger tables in the back accommodate groups of up to ten. Beer fans shouldn’t grumble over the limited tap choices—although they should realize they’ve missed Weather Up’s point.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.