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The West has everything a freelancer needs for success: free wifi, coffee, space AND beer. via Facebook

The West has everything a freelancer needs for success: free wifi, coffee, space AND beer. via Facebook

Working from home is hard. You get distracted by your roommates, your cat feels neglected and sits on your computer, you get the insatiable urge to catch up on the latest episode of whatever you’re binge watching, the next door neighbor is rehearsing with their experimental Satanic grindcore band and your walls are made of paper. So, you go to the local coffee shop, but how long can you really hang out in a coffee shop before succumbing to the caffeine jitters and going into debt from all that expensive fair trade coffee? Wouldn’t it be great if, instead, you could bring your laptop to a bar with a great happy hour? Somewhere where instead of getting distracted by your cat, you could take work breaks where you shoot the shit with a bartender, who are known to provide great inspiration?

GUESS WHAT? You totally can do that, because there’s a bunch of Brooklyn bars with wifi, happy hours that start early and best of all, plenty of space for you to get some work done. (more…)

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Abilene
442 Court Street (at 3rd Pl), Carroll Gardens
(718) 522-6900

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What it is: Cozy corner bar from the folks behind Lowlands, Skylark and the Adirondack, with great bar eats, board games, cocktails and brews.

Why we love it: Everyone feels at home here thanks to a low-key, unpretentious vibe and comfortable retro-living room decor. When it’s nice out, having a beer or cocktail with friends at one of the sidewalk tables makes for a lazy, lovely afternoon.

What to order: Seven out of eight draft lines are reserved for rotating crafts, so see what’s on tap and take your pick. They’ve got a mighty fine cocktail menu as well; try the “Rolls Royce” martini, with Beefeater gin, sweet and dry vermouth, Benedictine and an orange twist. Feast on anything from burgers to burritos, wings to nachos, and feel the wave of comfort wash over you.

Regular tip: Abilene is also a great spot to host a party or event; inquire here.

Abilene is one of the featured bars in the 2015 Cocktail Book, on sale now!