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Image courtesy of Grand Army, credit Daniel Krieger
Image courtesy of Grand Army, credit Daniel Krieger
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The Best Cocktail Bars in Brooklyn, New York

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Updated: 4 February 2018
With absinthe-focused menus, down-to-earth food-and-drink combos, and obscure ingredients, Brooklyn’s cocktail bars are as unique as the locals who love them. From Williamsburg to Red Hook and beyond, here are the best cocktail bars in Brooklyn, New York.

Maison Premiere

Restaurant, Bar, American, $$$
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Part French Quarter New Orleans, part old world Paris and entirely unmissable, Maison Premiere is the place to see and be seen (and to sip!) in trendy Williamsburg. Home to New York City’s largest collection of absinthes, cocktails here feature premium spirits enhanced by coconut, pecan, and more.

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Mon - Tue:
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Fri:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 2:00 am

Clover Club

Bar, American, $$$
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Headed by Pegu Club and Flatiron Lounge alum Julie Reiner, Clover Club gives cocktail-connoisseurs a reason to visit Cobble Hill. A Victorian aesthetic pairs well with throwback beverages including royales, sours and fizzes, and communal punches at this bar scene vet that features a working fireplace and occasional live jazz.

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Mon - Thu:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri:
4:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat:
10:30 am - 4:00 am
Sun:
10:30 am - 1:00 am

Until Tomorrow

Cocktail Bar, American, $$$
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Don’t wait to visit this Clinton Hill hotspot, where fine cocktails are served the Brooklyn way. At Until Tomorrow, gourmet ingredients like walnut-infused brûlée banana and toasted white peppercorn combine to create drinks like the ‘Unleash Your Inner Khaleesi’ and the ‘Sipping Champagne When We Thirsty,’ best enjoyed in the bar’s chill backyard.

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Sun:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Thu:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am

Westlight

Cocktail Bar, American, $$$
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If you visit one rooftop bar in New York City, make it Westlight. Located 22 floors above ground-level at Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel, this popular place serves original cocktails with ingredients like curry and Swedish Punsch, with a side of sweeping Manhattan and Brooklyn views.

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Sun:
2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat:
2:00 pm - 2:00 am

Bar Below Rye

Bar, American, $$$
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Earn some points with your ‘fan of the classics’ date at Bar Below Rye. Situated below the popular South Williamsburg restaurant of the same name, this underground bar keeps things old school with stiff rye and whiskey cocktails and fare including meatloaf sandwiches and bacon Brussels sprouts. BBR boasts one of Brooklyn’s best happy hours, offering Old Fashioneds and double cheeseburgers for just $6 a pop.
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Wed - Sat:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am

Fort Defiance

Restaurant, Bar, American, $$$
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With a drinks menu divided into brunch, dinner and after dinner cocktails sections, Fort Defiance throws the ‘5pm rule’ out the window (what could be more defiant than that?). Headed by bartender and writer St. John Frizell, this Red Hook haunt serves a ‘Breakfast Martini’ invented by renowned London bartender Salvatore Calabrese, an Irish coffee the New York Times calls ‘the best in the known world,’ and the ‘Kensington,’ made famous by St. John and Men’s Journal, just to name a few.

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Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Tue:
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Fri:
10:00 am - 12:00 am

Long Island Bar

Cocktail Bar, American, $$$
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Don’t let the name confuse you: Cobble Hill’s Long Island Bar couldn’t be more convenient to reach— or more delicious. Brought to you by industry legend Toby Cecchini (the inventor of the Cosmopolitan), Long Island Bar compliments its retro setting with classics including gimlets, daiquiris, negronis, and a fan-favorite double dry-aged beef cheeseburger.

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Sun - Thu:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
5:30 pm - 2:00 am

Grand Army

Cocktail Bar, American, $$$
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Grand Army appears on nearly every ‘best bars in New York City’ roundup and for good reason, or rather, reasons. The expansive cocktail list at this Boerum Hill hangout is always evolving thanks to seasonally-shifting inspirations that have included everything from Brothers Grimm fables to Gilmore Girls episodes. The only constant is the quality, which, of course, is always grand.

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Mon - Thu:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat:
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun:
2:00 pm - 12:00 am

Weather Up

Cocktail Bar, American, $$$
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Weather Up has locations from Austin to Manhattan, but the bar’s original Prospect Heights outpost is arguably the best. White subway tile decor and drinks like the ‘Daily Mail’ and ‘Black Manhattan’ earn the favor of thirsty locals, who flock to this Vanderbilt Ave cocktail bar for solid drinks, outdoor seating, and friendly bartenders.

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Sun - Sat:
5:30 pm - 2:00 am

Donna

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Instagram-friendly cocktails and tacos await at Donna, a pristine space you won’t believe is located beneath the Williamsburg Bridge. With a rum-driven drinks selection featuring frozen cocktails, tiki-inspired ingredients, and more (all described via illustrated guides), you may be too engrossed in Donna’s menu to remember to snap a selfie.

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Sun:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri:
5:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat:
4:00 pm - 3:00 am