388 Union Ave., nr. Powers St., Williamsburg; 718-302-6464
Besides beer, this bar has more than 30 vintage video games: Tetris, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, and, of course, Miss Pac Man.
2. GREAT JUKEBOX
497 Fifth Ave., at 12th St., Park Slope 718-768-2040
This juke comes with mixed CDs (indie, punk, rockabilly, blues) made by owner Ray Gisch, so no matter which customer is forking over the dollar, you can count on hearing a selection that will make you as giddy as the alcohol does.
3. GREAT DRINK SPECIALS
153 Montrose Ave., nr. Graham Ave., Williamsburg; no phone
Don’t miss the $5 Schmidt-faced (a can of Schmidt with a shot of well whiskey) or “reverse happy hour” at 2 a.m.
4. FREE LIVE MUSIC
503 Columbus Ave., nr. 84th St. 212-579-3100
A full calendar of rock, jazz, hip-hop, blues, and more.
5. CREATIVE CONCOCTIONS
998 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 109th St.; 212-316-2747Drinks that will sate all your cravings from the French-style Absinthe Cocktail to the Bee’s Knees with honey to a Champagne–Southern Comfort mix that tastes far better than it sounds.
6. COMFY SEATING
237 Madison Ave., nr. 37th St. 917-392-1228
Velvety, bordello-red couches. Purple-cushioned thrones. Comfy ottomans.
7. GENEROUS BARTENDERS
124 Old Rabbit Club
124 Macdougal St., nr. Minetta Ln. (no sign; enter by buzzer) 212-254-0575
The bartender here might just share one of the many fancy imported beers.
8. ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE
151 Rivington St., nr. Suffolk St. 212-228-4139
Beautiful, young single people linger here.
281 Bleecker St., at Jones St. 212-462-4682
Twenty-eight on draft and more than 50 bottled beers.
10. GOOD FOOD
43 E. 7th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-982-3006
The menu at this restaurant-pub is beyond bar food: mussels. Spare ribs. Seasonal. Local. Delicious.