The 5 Best Cocktail Bars In Prospect Heights

July 31, 2012 2:00 PM

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You can get yourself some fantastic cocktails in Prospect Heights. To be fair, these aren’t all bars, per se — several are full-fledged restaurants — but they all serve cocktails that make them worthy of the cocktail bar moniker, at least in our opinion.
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Kathryn Weatherup’s eponymous bar has now expanded to Tribeca, but the original location in Prospect Heights is still a classic in every sense of the word. Dimly lit with vaulted ceilings of simple subway tile, the decor is as elegant as the cocktails. The menu is a mix of classics and originals, all served with the utmost care and precision, but if you can’t decide, the well-trained barkeeps will guide you. Don’t miss the back garden, where you can nosh on oysters and cold fried chicken.

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The Vanderbilt is just across the street and slightly down the block from Weather Up, making it the perfect one-two punch for an evening out. They’ve got one of the city’s best happy hours, but even during normal hours, the well-crafted cocktails run a mere $10. Choose from a rotation of five cocktails, including the namesake Vanderbilt Pimms, with Pimms, gin, sweet basil, and bitter lemon, and stay for dinner — the folks from Carroll Gardens’ Saul are behind the menu.

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This bright, colorful, and sleek bar sits on a corner in Prospect Heights, and has been a wonderful addition to the neighborhood’s cocktail scene since it opened over a year ago. The cocktails on the seasonally-changing menu hover at only $9, and are accompanied by a simple yet satisfying bar menu, including house-made beer cheese.

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The team behind Soda Bar, another Prospect Heights favorite, is also behind Cornelius. The tiled bar is a perfect perch for wiling away happy hour, as they offer $1 Blue Point oysters before 7, along with a cocktail list comprised of classic tipples and house creations.

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The owners of Park Slope mainstay al di la have brought some of their magic to Prospect Heights. Bar Corvo is a recent addition to the neighborhood, with hearty yet modestly priced Italian fare and a selection of cocktails to match. The Aperol Spritz, the Negroni, and the Cocchi Martini all feature Italian spirits — a trip to Italy without leaving the 11238 zip code!

Laren Spirer is yet another lawyer (and freelance writer) obsessed with food and drink, who also blogs at Sweet Blog o’ Mine and tweets at @sweetblogomine.

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