#1 Mission Dolores
249 Fourth Ave, Gowanus
With 21 excellent craft beers on tap from breweries like Sixpoint and Bear Republic, Mission Dolores just might be the best of all the awesome outdoor bars that popped up in 2010. Luckily for beer nerds, the owners have covered the quirky concrete garden for the winter.
Inside Mission Dolores
#2 The Commodore
366 Metropolitan ave, Williamsburg
Sure, we miss the old rowdy Black Betty, but cheap beer, a tasty and affordable burger, and absurdly crispy fried chicken from former Pies 'n' Thighs partner Stephen Tanner make this 70s-style Williamsburg watering hole one of our favorites.
#3 Hot Bird
546 Clinton Ave, Clinton Hill
This fenced-in beer garden with an industrial-chic interior space feels much cozier than its Atlantic Avenue location. A well-chosen brew selection, plenty of picnic tables, and a food truck pushing banh mi knockwurst, rice balls, and delicious desserts draw regular crowds.
#4 Night of Joy
667 Lorimer St, Williamsburg
With its antique furniture, lacy curtains and Grand Central Terminal-inspired ceiling mural, this is Brooklyn's prettiest bar yet. Dainty herbal libations (like basil gin gimlets) are served inside and, when the weather allows, bartenders pour frozen margaritas on the roof deck.
177 S 4th Street, Williamsburg
At this South Williamsburg mixology mecca, old school tiki drinks like the Mai Tai meet signature cocktails like the Apples in Stereo (Famous Grouse, Fernet Branca, honey, bitters, cider) and tailormade "bartender's choice" concoctions.