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  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Night of Joy

  • Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

    Drop Off Service

  • Photograph: David Rosensweig

    Loki Lounge

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Weather Up Tribeca

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Night of Joy

Night of Joy
Cocktail enthusiasts come with a bevy of pals to this cozy parlor, where the libations are refined yet totally affordable. Barkeeps wield botanical ingredients and herbal house infusions to create seasonal quaffs, such as a basil-lime gimlet and a jalapeo--black currant margarita (each $9). There's plenty of prime seating to stake out: benches along the windows, four couches and several antique-looking ottomans in the main room, plus three tables in the back alcove. 667 Lorimer St at Meeker Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-8693, nightofjoybar.com)

Drop Off Service
Big booths and lots of barstools at this Euro-style bar provide ample room for large, festive gatherings. Happy-hour pricing ($3 pints; weeknights 3--8pm, weekends 1--8pm) extends to nearly all of the 26 beers on tap, including Avery Jubilation and Crossroads Cream Ale. The jukebox is packed with upbeat '80s and indie hits, so carve out a slice of floor space and have an impromptu dance-off. 211 Ave A between 13th and 14th Sts (212-260-2914)

Loki Lounge
Securing a spot at this easygoing venues doesn't require table service, a minimum or a cover charge: A free reservation gets you and your buddies two leather couches and a pair of cushy chairs around a private table in the black-curtained back lounge. The veteran bar staff will check in frequently to make sure everyone's taken care of, but they're never overbearing. Three different drink deals mean affordable boozing for your crew on any day of the week. Monday through Friday, score $2 bottles and $3 drafts from 3--7 pm. A late night happy hour drops drink prices by $1 Sunday through Thursday 11pm--1am, while a $6 beer-and-a-shot special can be had any time, any day of the week. 304 Fifth Ave at E 2nd St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-965-9600, lokilounge.com)

Weather Up Tribeca
This lounge's classy environs—white subway-tiled ceilings, exposed brick, hardwood floors and dim candlelight—set a soothing tone for a mellow rendezvous, even if you're rolling deep. Your best bet here is taking over a couple of the eight leather booths, which each seat eight to ten people. Temper the strong, seasonally inspired cocktails ($14) with selections from the focused menu of nibbles, which ranges from homemade potato chips ($6) to oysters on the half-shell (half-dozen $18, dozen $30). 159 Duane St between Hudson St and West Broadway (212-766-3202, weatherupnyc.com)

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