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Downtown Galway Hooker

Downtown Galway Hooker Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Downtown Galway Hooker
The midtown Irish pub Galway Hooker has opened a four-story sister location in the West Village, complete with a fireplace, billiard table and imported decor from the Emerald Isle—including a confessional box. On tap is an international selection of suds, while an extensive spirit collection boasts the prized Midleton whiskey from County Cork. To go with all the alcohol: recipes from owner Niamh Conway’s mother, as well as standards like the “Hooker” burger with Irish bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. 133 Seventh Ave South between Charles and W 10th Sts (212-675-6220)

Carnival
Brooklyn Bowl upped the alley ante when it opened, and now Bowlmor Lanes throws in its chips with this Coney Island--themed venue. By day, Carnival will be a family-friendly spot with face painters and concession stands selling cotton candy and hot dogs. By night, it becomes a bar, furnished with both an actual dunk tank and a drink named after one: a $70, two-gallon monster of vodka, Malibu Rum, gin and juice. Bowlmor Lanes, 110 University Pl between 12th and 13th Sts (212-255-8188)

Henry Public
From the owners of Brooklyn Social comes an old-world--style tavern. Expect dark wood, marble tables, and memorabilia celebrating Walt Whitman and some of the borough’s other progressive luminaries. Drinks include traditional and inventive cocktails, and five taps will pour mostly craft beers, such as Sixpoint and Captain Lawrence. The concise menu presents a grass-fed burger and oysters on the half shell, among other items. 329 Henry St between Atlantic Ave and Pacific St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-852-8630)

Highlands
This Scottish gastropub, designed by Joe Calabrese of AvroKo, features a dining room and library decked out in vintage leather furniture and stuffed stag heads—ideal for savoring the extensive Scotch collection and cocktails based on the peaty spirit. There’s a selection of microbrews from Scotland, such as the award-winning Bitter & Twisted IPA, while traditional dishes include Cullen Skink, a cream-based soup with smoked cod. 150--152 W 10th St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-229-2670)

Ontario Bar
The owners of this lodgelike watering hole may not be from Canada, but they’ve spent enough time drinking there to want to re-create the experience. Available Northern brews like Molson (on tap) and Moosehead (by the bottle), and ten Canadian whiskeys, including Harwood and Black Velvet, are sure to warm your frostbitten extremities. Of course, the theme wouldn’t be complete without a jukebox playing tunes from Canuck songsters Neil Young, Arcade Fire and others. 559 Grand St between Lorimer and Union Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-2835)

The Summit Bar
Mixologist Greg Seider, who created the drink list at Minetta Tavern, has opened his own cocktail bar with partner Hamid Rashidzada (Mercer Kitchen). Tipples range from classics to originals, such as Bob’s Your Uncle (Plymouth gin, lemon-basil--infused agave, lemongrass and grapefruit bitters). There will also be a small menu of cheeses, cured meats and marinated vegetables. 133 Ave C between 8th and 9th Sts (no phone)

Compiled by Daniel Gritzer and Kate Wertheimer

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