The Counting Room

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Photograph: Jolie Ruben
The Counting Room
Time Out, Photograph: Jolie Ruben
The Counting Room
Photograph: Jolie Ruben
The Counting Room
Photograph: Jolie Ruben
The Counting Room
Photograph: Jolie Ruben
The Counting Room
Photograph: Jolie Ruben
The Counting Room
This spacious, stylish watering hole offers two great bars in one: wines by the glass and half bottles on the ground floor, and cocktails and spirits in a basement lounge. The wine list upstairs, with a focus on small, all-natural producers, features a well-priced collection of offbeat finds. Downstairs, you can sip classic and original drinks like the assertive Reverend Horton Heat, a tall bourbon refresher with smoked lemon juice and sweet maple syrup. Pro tip: Come by on Mondays to check out bartender Maks Pazuniak's experimental cocktail series, "Something Like This." Starting at 9pm, you can sample innovative and off-kilter sips that riff on specific themes both straightforward (a tribute to drinks chronicler Charles H. Baker Jr.) and abstract (apocalypse-inspired, dark-hued libations), all matched to a playlist.
Venue name: The Counting Room
Address: 44 Berry St
Cross street: at North 11th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 4pm–2am, Fri 4pm–4am, Sat noon–4am, Sun noon–midnight
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Price: Average drink: $10. AmEx, MC, V
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Jillian Anthony

This bar is so clean and cool, it's one of my favorites in North Williamsburg because it's hard to find one that's not absolutely mobbed by tourists or young locals. During the day it's never crowded. There's plenty of windows that let in light and open air, a nice cocktail and food menu (greta paninis) and games like Jenga and Connect Four to play at the group tables. There's also a basement that turns into a dance party at night. It's a great alternative to the crowded and bro-ey Whiskey Brooklyn next door after you down a few beers at the Brooklyn Brewery down the street. And great service every time I go!