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  • Photograph: Catherine Cole

    The Bearded Lady

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    The Tippler

  • Photograph: Lesli Ford

    Double Wide Bar

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    The Drink

    The Drink

Photograph: Catherine Cole

The Bearded Lady

The Bearded Lady
This mod cocktail parlor has the soul of a neighborhood dive straight out of the '60s. Vibrant leather chairs surround a concrete bar, where you can rest easy, order craft beers or smart, balanced drinks like the Mr. Howell ($9), and groove to soul, Motown and blues tracks. For a festive celebration, the cocktails can be tailor-made as part of an open-bar package (starting at about $20 per person per hour). Right now, the venue works best for intimate get-togethers (the space tops out at 50), but a second party-ready room will be available by spring. 686A Washington Ave at St. Marks Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (469-232-7333)

The Tippler
Cocktail enthusiasts don't have to sacrifice quality for quantity at this underground mixology haven. Groups of 20-plus can make a reservation to delve into the Tippler's extensive menu of libations, such as the Buzzing Black Buck ($12), an elixir of rum, coffee liqueur, espresso and ginger beer. If everyone in your crew has similar tastes, opt for an open-bar package ($30 per person for the first hour), which includes a specific cocktail alongside unlimited beer and wine. Chelsea Market, 425 W 15th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-206-0000, thetippler.com)

Crown Victoria
This Williamsburg newcomer's biggest draw may be its sprawling 10,000-square-foot backyard, but there's still plenty to love about the converted auto garage when the thermometer drops. Twenty-four craft beers are available on tap (with open-bar options starting at $20), and in the spacious, reclaimed-wood interior, you and your friends can chill out with a menu of comforting pub grub like fried pickles ($5) and Sixpoint-battered fish-and-chips ($12)—all available in party-size platters ($30 feeds six to eight). 60 South 2nd St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (917-719-6072, crownvicbar.com)

Double Wide Bar
Kick back with your nearest and dearest at this Southern-inflected watering hole, which boasts an open two-room layout. The lounge area includes a sizeable projector, should you want to keep one eye on a high-stakes football game or a movie while digging into down-home snacks like short-rib Frito pie ($9) and pulled-pork sliders ($10). Customize an open-bar package for porchworthy drinks such as bourbon sweet-tea lemonade and rum-spiked cherry limeade (both normally $8), which will run you roughly $50 per head for three hours. 503-505 E 12th St between Aves A and B (917-261-6461, doublewidebar.com)

The Drink
You'll have no trouble keeping your friends close when you're all gathered around a punch bowl at this charming nautical venue. The communal concoctions ($43) serve up to ten people, with festive seasonal options like the Old Gunwhale (bourbon, grapefruit, chamomile syrup and cranberry bitters; $43) or the Wassail (hot spiced apple cider with rum or bourbon, $5 per glass). 228 Manhattan Ave between Grand and Maujer Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-8463, thedrinkbrooklyn.com)

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