Winter bar crawl



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Black Rabbit

Black Rabbit Photograph: Jeff Gurwin

Q Can you recommend a winter bar crawl (i.e., for which I don’t have to spend much time outside)?—Carl Alviani, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

A Bundle up and head over to Greenpoint. Right off everyone’s favorite train—the G—are three pubs in close proximity to one another that should thaw you out. Start at Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint Ave between Franklin St and Manhattan Ave, 718-349-1595), where locals defrost inside saloon-door-enclosed booths or by a blazing gas fireplace over a selection of warm drinks such as Scotch hot toddies, apple cider, Irish coffee, and eggnog spiked with rum or brandy ($7 per drink). If you can’t bear to put your coat back on, make a night of it with bingo on Sundays (7–10pm) or Tuesday evening trivia (8–11pm). Otherwise, layer up and walk 20 paces to The Pencil Factory (142 Franklin St at Greenpoint Ave, 718-609-5858). The airy pub lures a chill neighborhood crowd that unwinds at large wooden tables over pints of Guinness ($5) or shots from a fine single-malt collection. Now that you’ve built momentum, your next stop is Coco66 (66 Greenpoint Ave between Franklin and West Sts, 718-389-1531), with eight taps like hoppy Lagunitas IPA ($5), as well as darts, pool and Ping-Pong. It’s a singles’ scene—we watched a pudgy SantaCon escapee fend off attentive ladies on a recent visit—so the odds of getting your body heat back up are good on all fronts.

—Alex Van Buren

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