50 best New York bars: Cobble Hill

A pair of watering holes—a classic cocktail lounge and a local beer haven—represent the best New York bars in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Photograph: Roxana Marroquin

50 best New York bars: Clover Club

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

50 best New York bars: 61 Local

Clover Club

Critics' pick

This standard-bearing cocktail parlor from mixology matriarch Julie Reiner (Lani Kai) expresses its Victorian bent in intricate tile work, curved leather booths, marble tables, vintage sofas and a functioning fireplace. The centerpiece is the 19th-century mahogany bar, where vest-clad barkeeps stir and shake throwback potions, handily defined in the novel-like menu. Choose among regal crystal bowls of punch or finely wrought drinks, both classic and new. The Improved Whiskey Cocktail lives up to its name with an oversize ice cube mellowing a brawny blend of rye, maraschino liqueur, bitters and absinthe. Call for an order of house chips fried in duck fat, or a cheese plate featuring wedges sourced from neighborhood fromagerie Stinky Bklyn to keep you moored.

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Cobble Hill

61 Local

Critics' pick

In this earnest Cobble Hill beer hall, owners Dave Liatti (a former engineer for Sixpoint Craft Ales) and Chris Munsey (Murray’s Cheese) have created a real nerve center for the Brooklyn brew scene. Their 20-plus taps are devoted to local craft beers (Ommegang, Barrier Brewing), small-batch wines (Red Hook Winery) and kombucha, and they curate a steady flow of events connecting patrons with the purveyors. Stop by for discussions, cooking classes and film screenings, or just settle into a communal table with your crew. It's easy to watch the hours pass as you drink your way around the region and nosh shareable plates, made with Kings County ingredients like Salvatore Bklyn ricotta and Brooklyn Cured country pâté.

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