331 W. 4th St.
New York, NY
Famous for its top-rated juicy burgers, Corner Bistro is also a popular spot to catch a beer just a couple of blocks south of the 8th Avenue station. Serving McSorley’s light and dark ales as well as classic choices such as Stella and Blue Moon, the vibe here is low-key, old-school and Old New York.
162 Avenue A
New York, NY
Three and a half blocks from the 1st Avenue stop, The Beagle is one of the best new food and drink destinations to open this year. Cocktails are designed to be paired with dishes, such as dry-aged duck with the Armour (Amontillado Sherry, fresh berries and lemon juice). Grab a bar stool or a table in the country kitchen style setting and mix and match cocktails and cuisine.
484 Union Ave.
Two blocks from the Lorimer Avenue station, Union Pool is Williamsburg’s clubhouse for the young and single. PBR and Jack-and-Cokes are the official drinks here, an outdoor patio features a bonfire in cold weather, and a photobooth ensures endless social media material. A steady stream of indie rock bands and DJs keep the 150-capacity-crowd entertained most nights.
600 Metropolitan Ave.
Also off the Lorimer stop in Williamsburg, this hipster dive keeps its cash-strapped patrons happy by offering them a free personal pizza with every beer purchased. Beer options include Yuengling on tap, and the pizza is made-to-order in a brick oven. Play pool, watch TV or hang out next to the jukebox–either way you’ll relive that Chuck E. Cheese experience.
18 Wycoff Ave.
This Bushwick restaurant off the Jefferson Avenue stop with an organic-focused menu also features a small bar that stays open until 2 a.m. Perhaps the isolated location adds to the cabin feel, but once you have a sip of a crafty cocktail such as the Black Mission Fig Sidecar (fig-infused brandy with spiced brown sugar), you’ll know you’re not in Kansas. Beer on draft includes Full Sail IPA, Allagash White and Left Hand Milk Stout.
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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.