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Hot Bird, Fort Greene
Representative of another fairly common genre of bar—wood, whiskey, and elaborate iron-works abound—Hot Bird is still one of the best, most spacious places to while away a few hours with friends over beers or cocktails (their take on an old fashioned is unimpeachable), especially since Little Brother BBQ opened next door and started delivering food right to the bar. Best for low-key weeknights or afternoon drinking on the weekends (they've got a huge outdoor area), as this place gets a little crammed on Friday and Saturday nights, having become sort of a go-to for anyone looking to host a party in a bar (which is lots and lots of people).
Also try: Der Schwarze Kölner, Habana Outpost, Dick & Jane's Bar
Hot Bird, 546 Clinton Ave.
Der Schwarze Kölner, 710 Fulton St.
Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton St.
Dick & Jane's Bar, 266 Adelphi St.