Williamsburg bars near the Brooklyn Flea market

After a day rummaging at the Brooklyn Flea market (or Smorgasburg), imbibe at one of these top Williamsburg bars.

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    Ides at the Wythe Hotel

     

     

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    The Counting Room

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    Custom American Wine Bar

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    Grand Victory

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    Tender Trap

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    Donna

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    Richlane

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    Bellwether Brooklyn

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Ides at the Wythe Hotel

 

 

The Williamsburg Waterfront is a fantastic spot to while away a summer’s day. Smorgasburg’s vendors sling delicious artisanal treats every Saturday, while the Brooklyn Flea market takes up residency on Sunday. It’s also conveniently located next to one of New York’s best bar scenes—finish your day at one of these top Williamsburg bars.

Ides

This outdoor terrace bar on the Wythe Hotel’s sixth floor affords sweeping views of the East River and Manhattan, and it’s an ideal vantage point for watching summer sunsets while lingering over a Professor Fritz Briem tall boy ($16) or a quaff made from local small-batch spirits. Sure, the crowd comprises mostly globe-trotting cool kids from outside the five boroughs, but consider that another avenue to finding a guilt-free summer fling. 8-minute walk

  1. Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave at North 11th St

The Counting Room

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Wash down samples of bacon mayonnaise and other Kings County goodies from Smorgasburg with equally creative tipples at this relaxed local. Cool off with a fizzy Empty Bliss (gin, sloe gin, lemon juice, strawberry-balsamic shrub, prosecco; $12) or the earthy Salt & Ash (grapefruit-infused tequila, Lapsang sweet vermouth, mescal, maraschino, agave, lemon juice; $12). Bar snacks, small plates and other nibbles are available for folks who haven’t had their fill of artisanal edibles. When the light-wood tables and bar upstairs get too busy, head downstairs—there’s a separate bar area and plenty of additional seating for you and your pals. 9-minute walk

  1. 44 Berry St at North 11th St
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Custom American Wine Bar

Custom American Wine Bar

As the name implies, this intimate corner bar focuses on domestic craft suds and varietals: Owner Dan Lathroum (Bar Veloce) sources his extensive list from purveyors near (Brooklyn Brewery) and far (California’s Heron Wines), providing a range of options broad enough to sate discerning palates but edited enough to keep your sanity intact after a long day of shopping. 10-minute walk

  1. 644 Driggs Ave at Metropolitan Ave

The Grand Victory

When you’re not quite ready for the evening to end, head over to this indie-punk haven: More refined than its divey predecessor, Bruar Falls, the Grand Vic draws punk fans young and old with its lineup of local bands that play here nearly every night; Cinema Cinema, Freshkills and Twin Guns have all recently appeared. You won’t have the best sight lines at the handful of stools nearest to the bartenders, but you’ll have much easier access to the booze (Bud Light $4, well drinks $6). 14-minute walk

  1. 245 Grand St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St
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Tender Trap

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Since owners Ryan Virag (Santos Party House, APT) and Darryl Nau debuted this welcoming dive in February, locals have been flocking to the bar for domestic brews—the six on tap include Kelso Pale Ale ($6) and Anchor Steam lager ($6)—and no-fuss cocktails such as the effervescent Ginger Lynn ($8), which combines house-made ginger soda and molasses-kissed dark rum. Decompress at one of the wooden booths after a busy day sifting through vintage wares—you’ll need your energy once the DJs get going around 10pm. 15-minute walk

  1. 245 South 1st St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts
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Donna

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Massive windows and easy-sipping drinks lend a colonial Caribbean feel to this sophisticated newcomer, where owner Leif Huckman (Goat Town) cultivates a laid-back vibe: Small groups of friends tend to congregate at the wood tables, while couples huddle at the curved concrete counter. Bar manager Jeremy Oertel (Dram, Mayahuel) devises refreshing variations on classic libations, plus inventive creations all his own. We like the Smokey Peach ($10)—Mezcal Vida, blanco tequila, Orchard Peach liqueur and fresh lime juice in a champagne coupe lined with a spicy salted rim—and the more traditional Cuba Libre ($9), which combines Denizen white rum, fresh lime juice, Angostura bitters and Mexican Coca-Cola. 15-minute walk

  1. 27 Broadway at Dunham Pl
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Richlane

Equally walkable from McCarren Park as it is from the waterfront, this recent addition to the ’hood channels the 1970s with an industrial twist. Vintage touches come in the form of an old-school fridge and copper Rancilio espresso machine, which are complemented by the polished wooden bar, worn aluminum chairs and wall-mounted reading lamps. Pull up a stool and choose from the New York State vinos and beers on tap, including the Belgian-style Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold ale ($6) and seasonally rotating wines (right now, it’s a Paumanok rosé; $8). House cocktails are equally thoughtful, using small-batch liquors to create tipples like the zippy Night Owl ($10), a blend of El Buho mescal, muddled cucumber, ginger, lemon and amaro. 15-minute walk

  1. 595 Union Ave at North 11th St
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Bellwether Brooklyn

Large groups have plenty of room to spread out at this bar-restaurant operated by husband-and-wife team Josh Cohen and Blair Papagni (Anella, Saint Vitus). Oenophiles will find several affordable wines by the glass ($7–$12), and suds seekers have 14 brews to choose from, between drafts and bottles that draw from domestic and international breweries. Specialty cocktails tend toward light, crisp drinks such as the sparkling, anise-accented La Tomate ($10). The best time to swing by is during the monthly Classic Album Sundays (5pm; $5–$10), when Cohen and Papagni gather patrons to listen to a chosen vinyl record from start to finish—it’s followed by a lively discussion about the album’s cultural significance. 18-minute walk

  1. 394 Union Ave at Ainslie St
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