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Prospect Heights
The sumptuous dark-wood aesthetic, collection of costly spirits and classed-up grub make the tremendous value found at Cornelius’s tile-topped bar come as a pleasant surprise. Weekday happy hours featuring discounted drafts (try Kelso’s orange-kissed St. Gowanus Belgian ale) and one-buck oysters are popular. But the real draw here is the 200-plus library of boutique liquors. The drink menu’s omission of descriptions can be maddening, but the bartenders will eagerly offer input or mix dead-on cocktails like the warming bourbon-and-bitters Steamboat—a maple-syrup-spiked riff on the Manhattan.
Venue name: Cornelius
Address: 565 Vanderbilt Ave

Cross street: at Pacific St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat, Sun 3pm–2am
Transport: Subway: B, Q to Seventh Ave; 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza
Price: Average drink: $10. AmEx, MC, V
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