What it is: Supercollider is a coffee shop/lounge that will amp you up with its local coffee in the morning and mellow you out with its 15 craft beers and cocktails later in the day (yeah, that’s a typical day, right?). This newcomer to Fourth Ave boasts trivia nights, open mics with live musicians, and even film screenings in its backyard.
Why we love it: Supercollider is a relaxed spot that would make for good date drinks, hanging out with friends, or even just stopping by solo and seeing what’s happening. Beyond the long bar there are booths where you can park and take up one of the serious board games kept behind the bar (Settlers of Catan, among others). Add in a backyard that hasn’t become overcrowded and you have a nice gem that welcomes a nice, steady booze-a-thon.
Who to bring: This is a great lounge to stop by with those game night friends, or for that nice, quiet first date drink.
What to order: Any of their 18 craft beers will do fine, or their coffee, if that’s your steez.
Fun fact: One block away from the Prospect Ave stop on the R train, this bar might be the easiest to get your drunk on within moments of your Metrocard swipe.—Eric Silver
What it is: This cavernously enormous bar/restaurant has a bunch of different spaces within a space. Be it the glass room in the middle, the tables along the sides or the tucked away speak easy, it definitely has a bit of something for everyone.
Why we love it: So… it has a bar inside of a bar, which is TWO bars. The bartenders are really nice and give good recommendations on food and drink.
Who to bring: Here you can pop on in with anyone and enjoy a beer. You could bring your parents in for some truly great food. Have a friend that enjoys comedy? Take them here on the last Tuesday of the month for their rotating line of comedians.
What to order: Their veggie quesadilla is super delicious. Pairs nicely with one of their 10 beers on draft.
Fun fact: Inside of the bar you will find a rather secret entrance to the speakeasy, Featherweight, which has an unbelievable cocktail menu. The bartenders are so on point that just give them your desired spirit and they will issue you an A+ drink.—Emily Berninger
What it is: A beer bar at its finest. A long bar lined with taps and casks will greet you at the door, where you can check your pretension and just enjoy some good beer, or as the owners say, “drink good stuff”–the d.b.a. motto.
Why we love it: d.b.a has a laid back vibe and a modesty that can be rare around the Bedford Ave./North 7th epicenter of the Williamsburg swirl. What it bypasses in we’re-your-BFF kitsch they make up for with their carefully curated beers from 16 taps, 3 casks and more than 100 bottles ranging from Brooklyn local beers to Belgian specialties.
Who to bring: Bring a beer-loving pal you’d like to catch up with over some really good beer. d.b.a. is pretty relaxed, so you might want to save the pregame with your party animal friend for another bar. But the backyard is pretty sweet too.
What to order: The beer menu here can change daily, so you’ve really got to go to see what’s on tap —but rest assured it will be good. For those whose palates expand beyond brewsy suds, there is a fine selection of whiskeys, bourbons, tequilas and even rums to choose from. If you’re hungry, d.b.a. offers a sample menu of Lucy Roux, a flavorful Dominican Republic meets Creole and Cajun tradition, available Friday nights and weekends for an extended brunch.
Fun fact: You may already be aware of d.b.a.’s sister bar in Manhattan, but what many don’t know is that another d.b.a. sits on the historic Frenchman Street in New Orleans. The NOLA affiliate is a live music club that opened in 2000 and prides itself on being one of the first smoke-free venues in the city.—Cat Wolinski
What it is: A candlelit restaurant/bar that has a French feel while toting a North American menu.
Why we love it: Not only are we a sucker for the idea of an $80-$150 bar tab prize during its Tuesday trivia nights, but Lola BKLYN has vibes for both sides of you – the side of you that wants a small romantic night out, and the real you which wants to watch tv and drink beer.
Who to bring: A good place for a date night out or a place to pop in with a friend. Parents also welcome.
What to order: We are in love with the $13 Monday beer-and-burger combo which for us falls in competition with the $15 all-you-can-eat mussels on Thursdays.
Fun fact: Lola BKLYN has rotating comedy and trivia nights along with a bunch tv showings, recently TwinPeaks and Girls.—Emily Berninger
What it is: Overwhelmingly more beer bar than beer store, the upscale spot is both in the middle of and far enough away from the hustle of Williamsburg’s trendier spots and bustle of Greenpoint’s city-like avenues. The venue focuses on (and succeeds at) bringing unique ales, lagers, lambics and everything in between from around the world into one friendly but smart neighborhood spot.
Why we love it: Where to begin? The beer selection is wider than you’d imagine, with a tap list of 16 drafts ranging from casual to connoisseur favorites with a few talked-about seasonals sprinkled in, a draft line of kombucha (which is, in fact alcoholic at a whopping 1.3 percent) and a bottle list so deep you won’t know where to begin (an 82 bottle mix of domestics and imports ranging from 12 oz to large format bottles).
Who to bring: Brunch goers who would be pleased with an unlimited beer brunch for $18 (every Sunday until 4); anyone who loves beer; anyone who likes cocktails; anyone willing to try the bartender’s inventive beer cocktails or one-of-a-kind Bloody Mary’s.
What to order: If you’re hungry, the soft pretzels are melt-in-your-mouth and can be paired with a variety of choice dipping sauces (the chipotle mayo is a winner). The pulled pork sandwich is big, moist and hard not to devour like a monster and the grilled cheese is pretty good, too. But the main goal should be to try a few of the 16 drafts and 82 bottles ranging from local and state-side favorites to selects you’ve never heard of from around the world. There is a beer and shot deal, but the bar keeps it quiet to keep from disturbing the loyal locals there to try some good beer.
Fun fact: One Stop has a card club, called the Beer Society, that rewards you for your loyal patronage and beer guzzling tendencies. If you’re really into the beer scene, get a card (free) and try to get through the select list of 40 bottles – you’ll get your name on a plaque on the wall, and if you’re really ambitious, you can continue on to phase two, which challenges you with a list of 20 large-format bottles. For that, the managing partner will take your prize down of the wall to the plaque making station in the basement and add gold bottle cap with a “II” insignia that he hand paints himself.—Cat Wolinski
What it is: A self-described as a café with a drinking problem.
Why we love it: The people that work there are super awesome. They make the place like stepping into a friend’s apartment only they make better food. It has been incredibly renovated to have a rather… I’m going to say it… rustic feel.
Who to Bring: It’s a chill enough place to stop by on your own, go in with a couple of friends or even bring the parents when in town (I did, and they were all like, woah, Brooklyn is so kewl).
What to Order: Their Skybowl with feta and bacon is pretty much my fav. They have a beer and a shot combo for $5 and some totally affordable, totally delicious cocktails.
Fun Fact: Every Friday, Skytown has a menu of homemade cheeses. Cheeses, that are homemade. Yes.—Emily Berninger
What it is: The Double Windsor is a mainstay in South Brooklyn, as famous for its beer selection (and growlers) as it is for its burgers. With a gorgeous long bar, spacious interior and table sections, it’s long been a great spot for anyone grabbing a drink after some quality time spent in Prospect Park, whether after a Celebrate Brooklyn concert or aninformal frisbee game in the Long Meadow.
Why we love it: Though it doesn’t have an outdoor area, there’s something that says “summer” about Double Windsor. It could be all those trips to try any of the 14 rotating craft beers on tap, or to grab some food after a concert at the bandshell, or Prospect Park in spitting distance from the front door. This is the kind of place you head over to for a couple rounds after a hard run with Team in Training, or just to get your day drink on, knowing you won’t have any issues getting through their food menu.
Who to bring: Anyone who made it down to the park to hang with you beforehand. Or really, any fun group of friends who may not all know each other. The Double Windsor has a fun “the more the merrier” vibe to it with a combination of ample long, communal tables with wait service and a good standing area.
What to order: The burger. It has a reputation that precedes it as just one of the more solid burgers in the area. And of course, the sriracha honey chicken wings are probably not a bad bet.
Fun fact: Double Windsor has a trivia night the first Monday of every month, with “boozy” prizes. Given that that they’re a bar, that’s a good sign you have a chance to try some of their quality beers for free. -Eric Silver
What it is: Neighborhood coffee shop by day, relaxed spot to get a beer by night, great place to sit and read the paper in the afternoon.
Why we love it: Welcoming locals and newcomers alike, Bedford Hill provides a relaxed atmosphere in a neighborhood increasingly seen as the next big thing. Of course, even with its relaxed vibe, the bar manages to squeeze the most out of its modest size, hosting the occasional reading or dance party. Plus, its 6pm to 10pm happy hour helpfully straddles the line between when most happy hours end and late night happy hours start.
Who to bring: The candlelit bar and tables, plus the small space that’s way more cozy than cramped, translates into a great place for a relaxed date. Especially when the windows get fogged up in the winter, and give the bar a sense of romantic isolation on a cold night.
What to order: Seasonal mixed drinks, like the Sake Toddy (sake, cider and tea) will do you right, as will the full sake selection itself. If you’re feeling peckish, grab a sandwich like the pork on black bread ($9), that piles pork, daikon, shredded carrots and hoisin between two perfectly toasted slices of black bread.
Fun fact: For those of you unafraid of cream cheese experimentation (some Team Brokelyn members are terrified of it), Bedford Hill has new “weekly schmear” concoctions every week, like roasted garlic mushroom.—Dave Colon