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Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court St at Huntington St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-852-8490)
What's in it: Tomato juice, Tabasco, pepper, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, Sixpoint's Otis stout, Jameson
Why we like it: The whiskey and stout add a lip-smacking smokiness and surprising smoothness.
Buzz factor: Just enough, without the 3pm headache.
Anjou Pear and Darjeeling Fizz ($9)
Double Crown, 316 Bowery at Bleecker St (212-254-0350)
What's in it: Apple juice, Darjeeling tea syrup, Mathilde Poire cordial, lemon juice, prosecco, a slice of Anjou pear
Why we like it: This easy-sipper is given nuance by Darjeeling tea and elegance by fragrant pear.
Buzz factor: Mild—order it when around parents or children.
Bourbon Tea Cooler ($12)
Freemans, Freeman Alley off Rivington St between Bowery and Chrystie St (212-420-0012)
What's in it: Jim Beam, pomegranate syrup, PG Tips brand tea
Why we like it: The gently sweetened thirst-quencher ably masquerades its liquor.
Buzz factor: Watch out. These go down easy. Maybe too easy.
Dark-Chocolate Russian Alcoholic Egg Cream ($11)
Schiller's Liquor Bar, 131 Rivington St at Norfolk St (212-260-4555)
What's in it: U-bet chocolate syrup, Stoli Vanil, Kahla, milk, seltzer
Why we like it: The fizzy, flavorful spin on the NYC classic is as invigorating as it is intoxicating.
Buzz factor: Sweet as candy, deadly as chloroform.
Beer Shop NYC
Sorry, wine—beer is coming for your spot as the new drink to obsess over. Dedicated shops are popping up all over the five boroughs, all with plenty of suds from all over the world on tap. Beer Shop NYC, located on the Upper West Side, is one of the best, offering a varied selection and knowledgeable, helpful staff. Ten taps run through a series of curated kegs every season, and beers ($8-$12) range from light, sour gose to dark, stormy stout. On a recent stop, the taps featured breweries like Finback, Nine Pin and Kent Falls, but because the beers change so often, there’s no telling what you’ll find (and what will be your new favorite). If you’re having trouble choosing your next pint, taste four different beers in a flight ($15). You can also take some home in a growler—prices for these large jugs vary by beer, and all growlers are $5 off on Mondays. Beer Shop NYC also stocks a varied selection of canned and bottled beers in refrigerators in the back of the shop. Organized by region, you’ll find brews produced everywhere from San Francisco to Montauk. Bring home an assortment for your next Netflix binge, or, for an added fee, open up one of those cans or bottles right then and there. Hungry? Mixed nuts, beer corn (popcorn coated with a syrup of reduced beer, like a boozy Cracker Jack), rice crackers, “wicked mix” (a spicy Chex Mix-like blend) and hard pretzels are good nibbles, but they don’t make a full meal, so plan accordingly. The long, thin layout of the shop is coz
Venue says: “Purveyors of The Finest Craft Beer on the Upper West Side... Over Three Hundred assortments of Beer to Stay & to Go”