Brooklyn Botanica

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Photograph: Marianne Rafter


Photograph: Marianne Rafter


Photograph: Marianne Rafter


Photograph: Marianne Rafter


Red Hook
Though this Red Hook bar is still a work-in-progress (note the tough-to-spot entrance), the easy vibe and inventive drinks list are, thankfully, fully formed. Fresh fruit can be found in cocktails like the blueberry gimlet (muddled berries, vodka and lime juice), and absinthe makes an appearance along with champagne in the sparkling Death in the Afternoon. As for food, the small-plates program has yet to arrive. Brooklyn Botanica may still be evolving, but the bones are there for a beautiful local bar.
Venue name: Brooklyn Botanica
Address: 220 Conover St

Cross street: at Coffey St
Opening hours: Wed, Thu 6pm–midnight; Fri 6pm–3am; Sat 2pm–3am; Sun 2pm–midnight
Price: Average drink: $10. AmEx, MC, V

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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I went here on a Saturday night and enjoyed the great live jazz band and that the space was open to the outdoors. The cocktails were pretty good, but for a cocktail bar, I was surprised that they didn't have big ice. The service was terrible. They have table service, and after giving our order and waiting a long time, the server brought out our cocktails with a solid five minutes in between each drink. When I asked if they have wine, the server listed a couple red wines, had to check if they had white wine, (hello - it's summer, that's what people want!) and then came back saying their white is a "Notre Dame." Which is not a type of white wine. However, it was cheap and decent so I ordered it. After the band left, they played some nice music via pandora, but there were commercials, which totally disrupted the vibe. The bathroom could also use some cleaning.