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Precious Metal

Bars, Cocktail bars Bushwick
4 out of 5 stars
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Filip WolakBunny Hop at Precious Metal
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Zandy MangoldRosa Gold at Precious Metal
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Zandy MangoldTin Roof at Precious Metal

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The owners of Pine Box Rock Shop—that’s Jeff and Heather Rush and Colin Peer—have a thing for weird spaces. That Bushwick bar, if you couldn’t tell by its name, is housed in a former casket factory. Their new cocktail bar’s previous life gets a nod in its title too: It was once a metalworking shop and, more recently, a DIY event space known for hosting cosmic yoga classes, raves and body-healing workshops. Its current use speaks to the neighborhood’s shifting demographics and tastes—New Age music has been replaced by scruffy indie rock, disco lasers by Edison bulbs, sometimes-naked shamanic rituals by Tinder dates, hushed conversations and two TVs airing ESPN highlights. Precious Metal’s mission is less esoteric than the previous tenant’s, sure, but as a neighborhood bar, it does a good job of avoiding many of the pitfalls that come with gentrification: The decor is unpretentious, the beers and cocktails are reasonably priced ($7 and $12, respectively), and the selection is thoughtfully chosen enough to warrant a trip even if you didn’t just move into those CastleBraid luxury apartments across the street.

ORDER THIS: Cocktails ($12) are the move here. A Tin Roof layers whiskey, simple syrup and lemon with a cabernet floater—the dryness of the wine dominates, with syrupy sweetness underneath and aromatic notes provided by a dusting of lemon zest and nutmeg. The gin-based Bunny Hop echoes the honey and lemon of a Bee’s Knees, substituting lime and grapefruit with an extra lupulin kick of amarillo hops. Another sour-sweet winner is the vodka-and-ginger-beer Copper Mule, laced with subtle hints of warm-weather, rosemary-infused peach nectar.

GOOD FOR: A lo-fi first date—or any occasion that’s cause for stepping up your Brooklyn drinks game from a standard beer and shot. Interiors are dimly lit, with sparsely adorned white-glazed brick walls, tables made from repurposed oil drums and rough-hewn wooden benches. Grab booze-soaking carbs beforehand at pizza spot Archie’s Bar & Pizza around the corner, then slip into one of the bar’s quiet corners, with minimal competition from the fuzzy rock on the stereo.

THE CLINCHER: Its signature cocktails are varied enough to suit most tastes and pack plenty of punch, but the well-curated beer list seals the deal. Eighteen rotating taps focus on seasonal offerings from local brewers like Ommegang, Other Half and Threes, with recent selections like a Cuzett Grisette ($6), a light, tart Brooklyn farmhouse ale. Regardless of whatever happens in the rest of the ’hood, this spot’s a gem.


Address: 143 Troutman St
Cross street: between Central and Evergreen Aves
Transport: Subway: M to Central Ave
Price: Average drink: $12
Opening hours: Mon, Tue 4pm–2am; Wed–Fri 4pm-4am; Sat 2pm–4am; Sun 2pm–midnight
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