Invented by noise-rocker and onetime bartender Eric Copeland of Black Dice, Daddy's Margaveza is simply a pint of Dos Equis light lager topped with...a frozen margarita. This is one refreshing, energizing drink. Good luck ordering fewer than three. 437 Graham Ave at Frost St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-609-6388)
Mixologist Isaac MacDougal's addition to Dressler's newly revamped cocktail menu is tentatively named the Mutt. It's an appropriately scrappy blend of tequila, fresh lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and half a cold bottle of Budweiser, dashed and rimmed with MacDougal's signature salt, cayenne and black peppercorn mix. Bartender's note: Save the spicy rim for last, and never let the glass get more than half empty (that's what the other half-bottle of beer is for, of course). 149 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-6343, dresslernyc.com)
You won't see beer cocktails on the menu at this famously hip watering hole: Just ask the bartender to pour an ice-cold Tecate into a pint glass containing Enid's signature Bloody Mary mix and a lime wedge. No ice, no frills, not even a proper name, but this DIY michelada offers chilled bliss on a hot night. 560 Manhattan Ave at Driggs Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-3859, enids.net)
This new mescal-and-tequila oasis offers a traditional michelada, a beer with fresh lime juice and a plain ol' salted rim, but the smoky bite of the El Jimador's Shifty—pineapple-infused mescal, lime and sugarcane topped with Negra Modelo on the rocks, served in a cayenne-sugar-salt-rimmed glass—is the drink that induces goofy grins. 304 E 6th St between First and Second Aves (212-253-5888, mayahuelny.com)
Mercadito's selection includes the spicy, beery Happy Mich (fresh muddled watermelon, salsa picante, hibiscus, the house's "other spices" mix and Dos Equis light draft); the funky yet delicious Muppet-green Ker-Mich (cucumber, hoja santa and agave nectar topped with Dos Equis, in a cumin-salt-rimmed glass); and the superlative Tiki-Mich (pineapple, lime, and a spicy syrup made with muddled serrano peppers and Dos Equis). 172 Ave B between 10th and 11th Sts (212-388-1750, mercaditony.com)
This isn’t just any old Bushwick Bar. At Starr Bar, 10 percent of the bar’s profits go to nearby Mayday Community Space, an organizing center that presents community-oriented public programming and supports social justice initiatives. It hosts everything from dance parties to film screenings to political discussions, but locals looking for a cold beer can also drop in anytime for a drink. Try cocktails like the Muckracker, made with Bulleit bourbon, Bailey’s and cold brew coffee, or the Snowden Vesper, a combination of vodka, gin and lillet blanc topped with a pickled onion (both $12). A selection of eight beers on draft (all $7), several more in cans and five easy-drinking wines by the glass should keep you happy, too. Drop by for the happy hour from 5pm to 8pm every weekday to score select cocktails for $7 and a Narragansett and shot pairing for $6.
Venue says: “As of June 1st, dinner is served! Ethical burgers, Vegan burgers, Chicken Mofongo & more! Happy Hour 5-8pm daily. Events: fb.com/starrbarbk”