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A roundup of recently opened bars.

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  • Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

    The Drink

    The Drink

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Maison Premiere

    Maison Premiere

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Post Office

    Post Office

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Banter

    Banter

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

The Drink

The Drink

Brooklyn

The Drink
Forgoing the fuss of many high-end cocktail haunts, Adam Collison (of art collective 3rd Ward), along with partners Frank Cisneros (Dram) and Will Jones (Spuyten Duyvil), trains his focus squarely on punch at this nautical bar in Williamsburg. Hot and cold, served by the glass or ten-cup bowl, these communal concoctions are built with fresh juices, high-quality spirits, and syrups infused with teas and spices that nod to maritime trade routes: The Old Gunwale blends bourbon, grapefruit, chamomile-tea syrup and spiced cranberry bitters, while the Perfect Storm balances rum, lime and ginger with green-tea syrup and bitters. As at Dram, beer drinkers will find plenty to love: The tap lines dispense Geary's (a Maine pale ale), and German and Belgian bottles like Mahr's Pilsner, Gaverhopke Singing Blond and Coopers Vintage Ale are also available. In keeping with the theme, the walls are hung with naval finds (anchors, captain's wheels), an antique red beacon marks the doorway, and the brief menu of snacks would survive a few months at sea: pickled eggs, smoked fish, hard cheeses and jerky. 228 Manhattan Ave between Grand and Maujer Sts, Williamsburg (718-782-8463)

Maison Premiere
The majority of NYC's N'awlins-inspired watering holes choose debauched Bourbon Street as their muse, but this gorgeous salon embraces the romance found in the Crescent City's historic haunts. Belly up to the oval, marble-topped bar and get familiar with the twin pleasures of oysters and absinthe: two French Quarter staples with plenty of appeal in Brooklyn. The mythical anise-flavored liqueur appears in 24 international varieties, in addition to a trim list of cerebral cocktails from barkeep Maxwell Britten (Freemans, Jack the Horse). A San Domingo Julep mellows rich Venezuelan rum with gomme syrup, while the Carondolet deploys gin, orange-flower water, citrus and Maldon salt—a fine match for briny beau soleils. In warm weather, a small garden maintains the romance with creeping vines and an outdoor oyster bar. 298 Bedford Ave between Grand and South 1st Sts, Williamsburg (347-335-0446, maisonpremiere.com)

Post Office
Williamsburg's barflies are no strangers to brown spirits, but at this whiskey saloon, there's a rare reverence for straight sipping—no pickle juice or PBR chaser necessary. Owner Alla Lapushchik (a founder of Death & Company) focuses on small-batch whiskeys, matching the bar's flag-waving decor (eagle-emblazoned wallpaper, whiskey-decanter light fixtures) with bottles sourced exclusively from domestic distilleries. Lively menu annotations make it easy to navigate more than 70 bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the vanilla-tinged Noah's Mill from Kentucky and the off-kilter Whipper Snapper, which get its chocolate-cherry tang from time spent in pinot noir barrels. Any of the pours can also be incorporated into straightforward whiskey cocktails (old-fashioned, Manhattans, smashes), and chef Sam Glinn matches the hooch with superlative bar snacks, such as a deeply flavorful chicken-liver baguette with crispy bacon. 188 Havemeyer St between South 3rd and 4th Sts, Williamsburg (718-963-2574)

Breukelen Bier Merchants
More than 500 international beers, all organized by region, are on offer at this Williamsburg shop. You can pick up a few bottles, fill a growler from one of 16 draft lines, or sit down and enjoy a brew. The space—outfitted with reclaimed-barn-wood tables and photographs of pre-Prohibition Brooklyn breweries—also doubles as a caf, serving pressed sandwiches on Tom Cat Bakery bread along with the suds. The menu includes Schaller & Weber bratwurst and sauerkraut on pretzel bread, and fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers on ciabatta. 182 Grand St between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg (347-457-6350, breukelenbiermerchants.com)

The Anchored Inn
Adrienne Dowd and Carmen Mello, longtime bartenders at the Half King, break out on their own with a nautically themed drinkery in Williamsburg. The bar features a golden mermaid bust outside and a hanging Russian metal diving suit indoors, plus 20 black-velvet paintings, including a squid-versus-whale rendering. Tip back one of six draft beers (Guinness, Sixpoint Rye) or opt for a sipping liquor (Woodford Reserve bourbon, Flor de Caa rum). Overboard boozers can counteract the night's tippling with salty bar snacks, including fries, roasted chili lime peanuts and an intriguing combo of pickles with whipped pork fat. 57 Waterbury St between Meserole and Scholes Sts, Bushwick (718-576-3297, theanchoredinn.com)

Banter
Soccer fanatics can class it up at this Williamsburg saloon. The 60-seat drinks den—featuring three screens, a stately copper bar and a brassy chandelier—doubles as a serious beer haven. Twenty-four tap lines dispense mostly craft suds, like Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold and Delirium Tremens, and another 40 beers are available by the bottle, including a robust selection of imports, such as Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier and Harviestoun Old Engine Oil. Early risers can watch international matches over breakfast sandiwches and coffee (English, Spanish, Italian and German futbol leagues are on regular rotation). Later, soak up game-day guzzling with panini, like smoked turkey with leeks and goat cheese. 132 Havemeyer St at South 1st St, Williamsburg (718-599-5200)

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