If you’re a cocktail lover and haven’t spent time in Williamsburg, you’re missing out. This ‘hood is home to some of the city’s best and most unique cocktail bars. So grab your Metrocard and hop on the L train — it’s time for some cocktails.
Maison Premiere channels the Old Absinthe House in New Orleans with a replica of the absinthe fountain that once was there. If absinthe isn’t your speed, there’s a full list of cocktails, including a selection of juleps, perfect for sipping in their tranquil back garden with a few dozen oysters. While Maxwell Britten’s cocktail menu is full of gems, new drinks for spring include a selection of juleps, such as the Spanish Crown (lemongrass mezcal, sherry, Suze, Creme Yvette, blueberry and lemon).
This wood-paneled spot in South Williamsburg has wide-open windows that open up in good weather. As the breeze blows in, you can enjoy a selection of classic cocktails, or house cocktails, which change from time to time. If you fancy a tiki drink, there’s usually one on the menu, along with a range of cheese, charcuterie, and small plates to stave off your hunger.
This East Williamsburg bar manages to be elegant without being the least bit stuffy. Although they serve classic cocktails alongside well-crafted, seasonal house originals, they’re not afraid to do it while showing movies on Monday nights or Mad Men on Sundays. Be sure to check out their backyard if the weather permits.
This cozy neighborhood bar serves stellar cocktails that betray the simplicity of the decor. Grab a Poppa’s Pride, a mix of bourbon, ginger, mint, lemon, soda, and Angostura bitters, and head out to the backyard.
Sure, this bar is unique because it’s connected to a working distillery, the New York Distilling Company, but even without that catch, it’s worth a visit. Head barman Nathan Dumas highlights New York Distilling Company’s gins, and it’s in good company with the other spirits with which it shares the cocktail menu. Although the recently launched spring menu offers four non-gin options, it naturally favors the in-house product.