48 S 4th St, Williamsburg
When spring finally arrived, I got pretty excited at the prospect of chilling out, maxing and relaxing all cool on a sunny patio with a cold beer in my hand and tacos in my belly. And I'm pretty sure I wasn't alone in my excitement... So, for the sophisticated whatever-the-new-word-for-hipster-is who shares my craving, may I recommend The Woods.
It has a sizeable back patio with a mishmash of benches, chairs and barstools perfect for relaxing on a warm night while you light a smoke for yourself, and your friends who only smoke when they're drunk— which is a pretty likely scenario, what with the myriad shot specials and all the ironic beer choices a thrifty alcoholic could ever want (Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, PBR, Colt 45 and more, all only $3). There's an always-sizzling taco cart as well, emitting an aroma no drunk can resist, surrounded by hungry bearded bar patrons looking for a fairly authentic taste of carne asada, carnitas, chorizo and other assorted meats easily stuffed into corn tortillas. But don't worry, it's not all lounging around and eating Mexican food. There is drunken debauchery to be found; the bar shares an owner with Savalas, Williamsburg's official home of bad decisions made at 3:45am. Inside, the bar is cavernous with concrete floors and plenty of open space for dancing in front of the stage where various DJs and bands play to full (but not too full) crowds. Sure, there is no cask ale, no gourmet cheese plates, no cocktails made with raw egg whites and elderberries, but sometimes all you really need is cheap booze, a plate of tacos and the great outdoors (substituting the Williamsburg Bridge for trees and nature, that is).