One Stop Beer Shop
134 Kingsland Ave., nr. Beadel St., Greenpoint; 718-599-0128
This bastion of beer lives up to its name: The place has sixteen craft beers on tap, and hundreds of bottles for your tipping pleasure. A few beer cocktails round out the encyclopedic collection—expect The Original Moonshine, fresh juice, and muddled fruits layered on top of a craft beer, and expect it to be tasty.
387 Court St., nr. First Pl., Carroll Gardens; 718-858-5483
As promised, Ravi DeRossi, chef Luis Gonzalez (Cienfuegos), and barkeep Frank Cisneros (Dram) have opened the second Bourgeois Pig, much like the East Village original with its nineteenth-century saloon vibe. Liqueurs and amari star on the cocktail list, with quaffs like the Mai Tai Española (Spanish brandy, Italian aqua vitae, lime, toasted-hazelnut syrup, orange liqueur, and Branca Ment), and take note: This location offers half-price bottles of wine on Monday and Tuesday nights, too.
161 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-477-1616
Balancing its rock and roll pedigree (drummer Jay Weilminster of A Place to Bury Strangers is co-owner) with a tastefully decorated, low-key vibe, this tapas bar is decidedly more Maker’s than croquetas. Of course, old-schoolers will decry the gentrified polish of the place—and they have a point. Nonetheless, the half-price happy hour (5–8pm everyday) is pretty nostalgia-inducing.
344 Bowery, nr. Great Jones St.; 212-388-0148
From the folks behind Wilfie & Nell, the Wren nods to American and British bar food. Think jars filled with everything from chicken liver pâté to oxtail marmalade; also a tasty-sounding roasted-cauliflower soup with bacon broth; and a steak-and-Stilton pie shoring up the meat-pie trend. Booze-wise, the cocktail list consists of tweaked classics, plus a well-curated wine and beer list.
323 Graham Ave., nr. Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg; 347-889-7597
Pronounced ‘basic,’ the bar is yet another example of the Brooklyn industrial-minimalist look: inside it's all clean lines, exposed timber beams, and metal bar stools. Brought to you by the owners behind Gallery Bar and the Breslin, the kitchen stays open until one in the morning and serves up small plates of New American fare. There's a beautiful patio out back that stays open late, and while you can definitely burn some money on the house cocktails, the $3 Buds and other cheap beers should keep you both inebriated and financially solvent.
46-42 Vernon Blvd, nr. 47th Ave., Long Island City; 718-752-6000
The curio windows facing the street look straight out of an old-timey apothecary shop, but the remedies inside Alobar are of the Sazerac and Sixpoint Sweet Action variety. The menu, available at the bar, skews old-world, with whole-beast offerings, like two different types of tails (oxtails and pig tails, the latter of which masquerade as ribs in a tangy barbeque sauce) and a house-cured charcuterie selection. The bar is a cozy place to alleviate what ails you with a vodka-spiked LIC Lemonade or a glass of Finger Lakes Riesling.
Brooklyn Tap House
590 Myrtle Ave., nr. Classon Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant; 917-202-1801
This gymnasium-sized beer hall in Clinton Hill looks more like something you’d find in Madison, Wisconsin, than Brooklyn, New York. Rows of communal tables, high ceilings, and flat-screen TVs tuned to ESPN lend a decidedly Midwestern vibe, while the reclaimed wood, Brooklyn-tribute mural, and forty-plus craft-beer selection goes for local.