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  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Saint Vitus

    Saint Vitus

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    61 Local

    61 Local

Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Saint Vitus

Saint Vitus

Saint Vitus
The owners of Anella, along with bartenders from Matchless, are behind this 2,500-square-foot rock & roll bar. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors separate the back music venue from a candlelit front bar, which is decorated with a 30-foot-long stained mahogany bar, glossy onyx tiles and a coffered ceiling. Eight taps dispense local brews (Sixpoint, Kelso, Captain Lawrence), and a cocktail menu highlights libations both classic (Manhattans, old-fashioneds) and creative (the Saint Vitus combines whiskey, honey, lemon and Nero d'Avola). But freewheeling drinkers can go straight for cans of Bud and PBR or the house pickleback, punched up with Brooklyn Brine Co.'s Whiskey Sour juice. To eat, find steamed buns stuffed with a range of unconventional fillings, like braised short rib with carrot puree and pickled cabbage, eggplant with pecorino, and pulled pork with homemade slaw and pickled hot peppers. 1120 Manhattan Ave between Box and Clay Sts, Greenpoint (

One hundred taps dispense craft brews at this massive Greenpoint gastropub, from owner Robert Shamlian (Spitzer's Corner, Fat Baby, Los Feliz). The 6,000-square-foot beer hall features a wood-burning oven and a marble bar. Hopped up drinkers can line their bellies with salty snacks, like sausages and pretzels, from a German-focused menu. 33 Nassau Ave between Dobbin and Guernsey Sts, Greenpoint (no phone; email

Freddy's Bar
Donald O'Finn, Matt Kimmett and Matt Kuhn, bartenders of the late Freddy's Bar & Backroom, resurrect the scrappy cult favorite, which was evicted from Prospect Heights by the Atlantic Yards project. The no-frills saloon—now located in Greenwood—is retrofitted with booths, a 1940s red mahogany bar and an engraved granite block that's an artistic reproduction of the men's room graffiti at the earlier location. Old regulars will find comfort in the eclectic live-music offerings and the cheap booze. Newer patrons should appreciate the expanded beer selection (12 taps instead of five) and the soon-to-come pub-grub offerings (burgers, hot wings and kielbasa). 627 Fifth Ave between 17th and 18th Sts, Greenwood (

61 Local
In this earnest Cobble Hill beer hall, owner Dave Liatti (a former engineer for Sixpoint Craft Ales) has 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 pt. 61 Bergen St between Boerum Pl and Smith St, Cobble Hill (

The Way Station
A Prospect Heights drinkery channels steampunk culture with fleur-de-lis wallpaper, tufted red vinyl banquettes and a bathroom facade modeled after the time-transport machine from Doctor Who. Geek out over the bar's design while throwing back a beer (Sixpoint, Kelso, Bud Light) or a seasonal cocktail like the Train Wreck (gin, grapefruit, muddled cucumber, seltzer). 683 Washington Ave between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Ave, Prospect Heights (

Antique trading-route maps hint at this handsome bar's nautical namesake: the lines that hoist a sailboat's mast. Small plates (porchetta sandwiches, cured meats, grilled cheeses) are on offer. Come nightfall, drinkers will find draft beers (Ommegang, Sixpoint) and a curated selection of small-batch spirits (Laphroaig Islay Scotch, Breuckelen gin, Crop vodka) at the sleek mahogany bar. 406 Third Ave at 6th St, Gowanus (718-532-8787)

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