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The Commodore, Williamsburg
- Photo via Capital New York
Anyone who's ever stepped off the Bedford L and spent a few seconds looking around can tell you that at its epicenter, Williamsburg has become a cacophonous, occasionally overwhelming kind of adult Disneyland. Wherever you stand, there are literally dozens of bars within a five minute walk from you, all of them serviceable. If we had to pick just one of them to ease you into things, though, it'd be Commodore, a tried and true neighborhood staple that, besides being a wonderfully reliable option (think cozy booths, on-point chicken sandwiches, and a solid jukebox), also feels representative of a certain genre of "Williamsburg bar," in which kitsch and junk food have become the norm and the crowd veers pretty exclusively toward the young(ish), attractive, and eager to mill around bumping into strangers.
Also try: Midway, Bushwick Country Club, Daddy's
Commodore, 366 Metropolitan Ave.
Midway, 272 Grand St.
Bushwick Country Club, 618 Grand St.
Daddy's, 437 Graham Ave.