742 Myrtle Ave. (Sanford & Nostrand)
What is it: A charming ragtime parlor bar with a patchwork punk vibe and killer tap selection.
Why we love it: As an early inhabitant of the soon-to-be, maybe-already-is bustling section of Bed-Stuy, this spot has earned its keep among the neighborhood and was voted Best New Bar by the Village Voice in 2012. Despite the status upgrades, we love them because they’ve kept their raucous roots in tact and continue to be a destination for quiet drink seekers and late night revelers alike.
Who to bring: Your old crew from art school or a Pac Man fanatic. There’s an old school machine that doubles as a table up front, if you can snag it while it’s open.
What to order: The house’s mulled wine is a winter favorite, but 2-for-1 happy hour beers go well with a seat in the huge back patio, open year-round.
Fun fact: The Parlor’s summertime BBQ showdowns are known borough-wide and have brought in some of the most serious smokers this side of the Mason-Dixon Line. If you’re burned out on BBQ, you can always go for the green fairy, with the old-school absinthe fountain.