177 S. 4th St.
Handsome as an upstate cabin, this relaxed cocktail den features a rotating cast of top bartenders, all eager to make your drink just the way you like it. Choose from a menu of classics or go for a tiki concoction served over crushed ice, such as the Pressgang Swizzle (Smith & Cross Rum, Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, ginger syrup, lime juice, grapefruit juice, orgeat and bitters, $9).
247 S. 1st St.
The New American cuisine here keeps this old fashioned joint bustling, but the cocktails are standout as well. All drinks are $10, including the Sufferin’ Bastard (gin, brandy, rye whiskey, house-made ginger beer, lime juice and angostura bitters). Grab a stool at the 21-foot bar made of reclaimed mahogany and enjoy your tipple with a side of oysters.
The Counting Room
44 Berry St.
Downstairs from the wine bar on the main floor, the basement lounge offers a mixed menu of classic and creative drinks, all $10. Get refreshed with A Lazy Spring (Beefeater Gin, rosemary-infused bianco vermouth, lemon juice, honey and black peppercorns). A DJ on Thursdays through Saturdays helps get the party started.
588 Grand St.
One of the first cocktail bars to open in Williamsburg, this stylish and subtly romantic lounge—complete with backyard seating—churns out an inspiring menu based on classics. Drinks range from $10-$12, including the Brooklyn (Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Homemade Amer Picon, Luxardo Maraschino and dry vermouth). The bar also features a regular rotation of DJs, spirits tastings and hosts a Monday night movie series.
298 Bedford Ave.
Boasting the largest absinthe selection in NYC, this vintage New Orleans-meets-Paris boite will have you under its spell the moment you walk through the doors. Try an absinthe drip or one of the cocktails designed by head bartender Maxwell Britten. Drinks range from $8-$14, including The Turn of the Century (Kubler Absinthe, Lillet Blanc, creme de cacao and lemon juice).