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Best Beer Bar
43 Franklin St, Greenpoint
Fancy beers are served with a smile at this almost hidden gem. Located far enough from the closest G train stop to maintain the feel of a low-key, private club, this shuffleboard mecca serves a robust chili, meat-and-cheese plates and other simple food for pairing with the rotating selection of reasonably priced microbrews. Settle in with regulars at the half-circle bar, and in the airy backyard, watch out for flying rubber ring quoits.
Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan Ave
The rustic interior and continental back patio are pleasant places to stay for as long as it takes to sample your fill of the hundred-odd boks, blondes and Entire Butt Porters on tap, cask and bottle. The menu gets a jump on the Kingdom of Belgium's inevitable severance, with separate entries for Flemish and Wallonian brewskis.