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Hamilton’s
2826 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, at E. 4th St., Windsor Terrace,
718-438-0488

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What it is: Hamilton’s is one of the best reasons you can think of for heading over to Windsor Terrace. A cozy wine bar with great craft beers, as well as an all-star kitchen, it’s a great neighborhood spot to check out for dinner, or just some tasty wings and beer.

Why we love it: Everything Hamilton’s does seems to be top-notch.From mulled drinks in winter, it’s got a fantastic menu that will keep you coming back to try all the other dishes, and on top of all that, it’s a relaxed yet vibrant bar in a neighborhood that doesn’t often get a lot of traffic from outside the neighborhood. You wouldn’t guess it from inside Hamilton’s, which feels like stumbling onto a scene that you feel kind of dumb for not knowing about before. It’s an excellent date spot, straight up, with its small, well-crafted dishes and great wines, this is the kind of place to go and have a nice cozy few drinks.

What to order: If it’s winter, check out their mulled wine. Food-wise, mac and cheese with bacon or the tender-as-anything grilled squid.

Regular tip: Hamilton’s is owned by the same people who run Alchemy, so if you’re a fan of that Park Slope fixture, you can get a sense of what to expect here!

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High Dive 243 Fifth Ave. (Garfield Place and Carroll Street) Park Slope 718-788-0401

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What it is: A loungy neighborhood hangout with games, free popcorn and a killer jukebox that provides a merciful respite from the breast-feeding crowd that frequents the neighborhood.

Why we love it: Not only is High Dive a Brokelyn Beer Book four-peat featured bar, it’s only gotten better over the years. The custom curated jukebox full of mixed CDs includes a gamut of good drinking music: Big Star, The Kinks, The Pixies, and the Modern Lovers. Oh, and it’s got a big stack of board games and some pinball machines. We’re suckers for pinball.

What to order: Try one of the 19 rotating draft beers or the standard PBR or Yuengling, which are only $3 during happy hour. The free popcorn station has grown to include its own condiments rack and bar snacks now include savory pies for $6 and sausage rolls for $4.

Regular tip: In the spirit of giving, High Dive has a lovely “buy a friend a drink” board, where you can prepay for your pals’ tab. High Dive is also one of the few bars to be included every time we do a Beer Book, so show them some extra love while you’re there!

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Mary’s Bar, 708 5th Ave. at 22ndSouth Slope, 718-499-2175

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What it is: Mary’s Bar stands out as a fan favorite in South Slope. A tavern-style bar with late-night jazz, a pool table and darts, Mary’s Bar is that charming local bar you go to for a fun mix of Brooklyn natives and the neighborhood’s more recent inhabitants.

Why we love it: Mary’s is a great space that encapsulates everything a tavern should be, with a relaxed atmosphere, fun and friendly crowd, and no short amount of music nights. On Fridays and Saturdays it has rotating DJs, Wednesdays they do an 80s night, and every night from 3am to last call is the Frank and Dean Jazz Hour. How could you not love a bar that sends you home like that?

Who to bring: Mary’s Bar has a great low-key vibe that makes for a good weeknight out with friends or a nightcap with that someone you convinced to hang out for just one more drink.

What to order: Check out any of their 12 domestic craft beers on tap, or just go for the simple pleasures, like PBR and Dale’s Pale Ale in the can.

Fun fact: Happy Hour is $2 off drafts and spirits applies to all spirits, including top shelf.

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What lurks behind the door tonight? Something cool we bet. Photo by Sarah Bibi

Freddy’s Bar and Backroom   
627 5th Ave., (between 17th and 18th Streets), South Slope, 718-768-0131

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What is it: A Brooklyn staple nestled in the South Slope, boasting both cult celebrity and a history stretching back to Prohibition. Freddy’s, with its trademark comfortable and casual flavour is friendly and endlessly interesting.

Why we love it: Whether you’re there for the acid-tavern experience (TVs run award-winning video montages 24/7) or to see a free music, comedy, or art show show in the back room, Freddy’s always has something to revive a sleepy night. This neighborhood favorite hosts a welcome mix of locals and far-flung visitors, thanks to its beautiful other worldly decor, bustling vibes and charming staff. Just a few reasons why it was voted one of the best bars in the country by the likes of Esquire and others.

What to order: Aside from the whiskey and craft beers, Freddy’s offers a solid menu of what it calls “Pan-Brooklyn.” This includes burgers, fish tacos, local Polish kielbasa (meaning that they’re actually made across the street by two great Polish butchers), a curious twist on a BLT sandwich, and much more. All tasty and cheap as hell.

Regular tip: The intoxicating video collages you’ll see all over the bar are actually edited/created by co-owner Donald O’Finn.

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Hamilton’s
2826 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, at E. 4th St.
Windsor Terrace
718-438-0488

What it is: Hamilton’s is one of the best reasons you can think of for heading over to Windsor Terrace. A cozy wine bar with great craft beers, as well as an all-star kitchen, it’s a great neighborhood spot to check out for dinner, or just some tasty wings and beer.

Why we love it: Everything Hamilton’s does seems to be top-notch. In winter it’ll serve mulled drinks, it’s got a fantastic menu that will keep you coming back to try all the other dishes, and on top of all that, it’s a relaxed yet vibrant bar in a neighborhood that doesn’t often get a lot of traffic from outside the neighborhood. You wouldn’t guess it from inside Hamilton’s, which feels like stumbling onto a scene that you feel kind of dumb for not knowing about before. (more…)

03/11/14 11:44am
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Murray Hill and Linda Simpson will make you feel like you’re in Palm Beach, even while it’s snowing

As struggling artists/freelancers/corporate cogs in Broketown, despite our individual goals, it’s safe to say we all share one common dream: early retirement. And while it is highly unlikely that Gowanus’ Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (514 Union Street) will in any way provide you with the financial security to flip off your boss or landlord and move to sunnier skies, you’ll be able to get a preview of your future golden years (though we all know potable water will be the REAL currency of the future) at their newly announced bingo and Mah Jong nights. (more…)

12/19/13 7:00am
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This? This was modest. Photo by Camille Lawhead

If you’ve only heard of the Christmas lights of Dyker Heights, it’s pretty easy to be dismissive. Home Christmas displays are sort of like the scars conversation from Jaws: everyone thinks they’ve got the one that tops them all. Dyker Heights’ Christmas lights has a reputation: a Yelp page, a Facebook page, a whole tour devoted to it. And despite my initial skepticism, once I got to 12th Avenue by 84th Street, I understood that moment when weary pilgrims finally reach Mecca.

These are not ordinary Christmas light displays, not even close. Houses with strings of lights and deer statues wrapped in string lights as if they were involved in bondage-torture Christmas porn, another house with a host of angels forming a corridor along the entrance to the house, along with an animatronic Santa, with whom people can take pictures. Even locals were getting in on the act, with a man in an Elmo suit stopping cars to ask for donations to the local church

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Littleneck
288 Third Ave (Carroll & President)
Gowanus
718-522-1921

What is it: New England comes to Brooklyn in the form of this clam shack. Littleneck brings oysters and clams from far and wide (except, thankfully, the neighboring Gowanus Canal) for you to suck down by the half dozen. Oh, and they have a pretty nice selection of select drafts and New England favorites in bottles and cans.

Why we love it: We mentioned that it has a raw bar, right? Nothing’s better during a day of drinking than a few dozen raw clams and oysters and a few beers. Of course, if you’re more into the cooked thing, they have plenty of other seafood and land-lubber options. And with the clean, atmospheric décor, this might be the perfect place for that OKCupid drinks-and-snacks date you’re trying to set up for next week. (more…)

10/02/13 9:04am
The chance to use your deals sailed away, so don't let the refund do the same. via Flickr user TheCreativePenn

The chance to use your deals sailed away, so don’t let the refund do the same. via Flickr user TheCreativePenn

If you’re anything like us, the Groupon/Saveology/New York Deals bubble may have burst for you. You’re at the point where every deal you see convenes a board meeting in your head to discuss the opportunity cost of potentially saving money on that sailing course you’ve always (read: never) thought about taking vs. the agitation of remembering to redeem the coupon before it vanishes into the realm of dreams and forsaken discounted massages. Google Offers, however, has instituted a new policy that might give it the edge over all of the other deal sites, by simply giving you less to worry about by just giving you your money back on unspent deals. (more…)

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Prospect
545 Fifth Ave. (between 14th and 15th Streets)
Park Slope
(347) 596-6826

What is it: This classy new arrival to South Slope boasts reclaimed wood and the kind of atmosphere where you’d want to sit around and make a little love to your drink. When the weather’s nice out, check out the bi-level backyard.

Why we love it: The ambience and rotating roster of craft beers are enough of a selling point, but that backyard space is going to be in high demand once spring drinking arrives. This spacious Fifth Avenue watering hole lets you hunker down with a drink without landing in your neighbor’s lap. (more…)