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6. MikNic Lounge
200 Columbia St, Columbia Water District
MikNic lacks the ubiquitous mustachioed mixologists and vintage taxidermy found in Brooklyn bars. In its place: clipart advertisements and open-mic comedy nights. For once, this is just a bar.
7. Crown Victoria
60 South 2nd St, Williamsburg
Crown Victoria services a smartly dressed crowd of young parents who come, sometime with tots in tow, to enjoy a selection of 24 craft brews and various whiskeys. The patio is great and the interior has the cozy charm of a classic Irish pub.
8. Pearl's Social & Billy Club
40 St. Nicholas Ave, Bushwick
Pearl’s Social & Billy Club is a world of its own. Named after owner Betsy Maher’s great-grandmother, the bar is decorated with scattered nostalgia from Maher’s apartment. Neighborhood guys and girls surround the bar engaging in intimate conversation and enjoying well-improvised cocktails under the soft glow of candlelight.
9. St. Austere
613 Grand St, Williamsburg
St. Austere is the kind of wine bar where the choice is yours: you can either go the bar and have a drink or two or go to one of the communal tables and chow down. Similarly, it can play the role of either neighborhood watering hole or date spot.
570 Henry St, Carroll Gardens
Crave might just be Brooklyn’s best under-the-radar wine bar. Inside, the walls are dark and rich, banquettes line the perimeter, and small groups crowd around small, white pedestal tables. The smiling, unpretentious staff adds to the warmth that pervades the space. The wine list is divided into categories like “voluptuous” and “soft,” and, well, it’s all good…