Fort Defiance

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Time Out, Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Fort Defiance
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Fort Defiance
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Fort Defiance
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Fort Defiance
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Fort Defiance
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Fort Defiance
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Fort Defiance
Red Hook
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The serious take on tippling offered at Fort Defiance is rare in isolated Red Hook, but the cocktails rank among the best in the borough. The Journalist, made with gin and vermouth, is as clean and crisp as a classic Manhattan. A Prescription Julep is an extra-potent mint julep featuring cognac and rye, poured over hand-crushed ice. If you live in the ’hood, this could be your new local spot (it opens at 7am on weekdays, serving coffee and breakfast). The frontier pricing—most drinks are under $10—helps justify the trek for the rest of us.
Venue name: Fort Defiance
Address: 365 Van Brunt St
Cross street: at Dikeman St
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu 7am–midnight; Tue 7am–2:30pm; Fri 7am–2am; Sat 8am–2am; Sun 8am–midnight
Price: Average drink: $8; average main course: $14. Cash only
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Jaime B

Every time I go to Red Hook for the day, I make a stop at Fort Defiance. It is sooo cute. It sits right on the main strip in Red Hook, just a few blocks from Fairway and across the street from a home goods shop that carries a lot of designs by local artists. If it's nice out, I'll bring my order out to the tiny counter they have out front (no alcohol allowed out there, though). I usually get cheese and charcuterie, but the cocktails are really good Try a Ramos gin fizz. Also, I really like the owner who is always there. He really adds energy to the place. It feels like a neighborhood bar.