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Highlands

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This Scottish gastropub, designed by Joe Calabrese (formerly 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.

  1. 150–152 W 10th St, (between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl)
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Burp Castle

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This East Village sanctuary of suds features 12 rotating beers on tap (such as Belgian fave Delirium Tremens), monastic tunes droning in the background and signs advising whispering only (beered-up, rowdy locals, naturally, don’t oblige). Though Burp’s theme may strike some as gimmicky, true brew aficionados will find its offerings divinely inspired.

  1. 41 E 7th St, (between Second and Third Aves), 10003
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Oro Bakery and Bar

Finance-worker-turned-bakery-owner Dorina Yuen unveils this French and American pastry shop, also featuring wine, beer and sake, in Little Italy.

  1. 375 Broome St, (between Mott and Mulberry Sts)
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200 Fifth

Subtlety ain’t the draw at this high-octane sports bar, where 40 television screens flicker every sport imaginable. The 40 beers on tap include Six Point Sweet Action and Magic Hat Circus Boy.

  1. 200 Fifth Ave, (between Sackett and Union Sts)
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Madam Geneva

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Sharing space with Double Crown, this bar specializes in gin and vodka cocktails, and also offers a small-plates menu with creations that combine pub grub with Asian street food.

  1. 4 Bleecker St, (at Bowery)
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Clover Club

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This Victorian-styled cocktail parlor from mixology matriarch Julie Reiner (Flatiron Lounge) joins Brooklyn’s spate of newly opened serious drinkeries. Classic cocktails are the thing: Sours, fizzes, mules, swizzles and smashes all get their latter-day due at the 19th-century mahogany bar. Highbrow snacks (fried oysters, steak tartare) and tipples, like a Market Street Julep (pisco, pineapple and mint) or the ginger-packed Pimms Punch, should absolve you of the folly of your appletini days.

  1. 210 Smith St, (between Baltic and Butler Sts)
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