The owners of East Village favorite d.b.a. have opened a sister outpost in the old Laila Lounge space, and the intention is the same: great beers and great liquor for relatively low prices. But while the original bar draws dude-heavy swarms of after-work professionals, judging by the dearth of patrons on my three visits, the new location attracts, well, nobody. Not surprising, given that its “beer-bar” persona and HD flatscreen seem highly mismatched with the neighborhood’s artier vinyl-toting set. d.b.a.’s co-owner Ray Deter refuses to spill the beans on the acronymic name, but enjoys patron attempts at decoding: “Drink better alcohol” and “Don’t be an asshole,” among others. How about, “DON’T forget you’re one block from BEDFORD AVENUE?” d.b.a. is a fine bar for beer and bourbon fiends — it’s just in the wrong part of town. --Bret Stetka
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