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!

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