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 (Photograph: Lauren Ashley Oosterlinck)
Photograph: Lauren Ashley Oosterlinck


 (Photograph: Tahlia Simhi)
Photograph: Tahlia Simhi


 (Photograph: Tahlia Simhi)
Photograph: Tahlia Simhi


Bolstering the quirky-cool factor at this Ditmas Park watering hole is a unique mercantile marriage: The spot is a flower shop by day and a tavern by night. Observe the Cheers-brand chill at the long, illuminated, resin-topped bar. Choose from more than two-dozen bourbons, and beers on tap ranging from comforting standbys like Bud and Guinness to microbrews, like the fruity, hop-heavy Goose Island Honker’s Ale. Add a cozy (unheated) patio and a free jukebox, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better backdrop for a round of cold ones—or an occasional bouquet.


Venue name: Sycamore
Address: 1118 Cortelyou Rd
Cross street: between Stratford and Westminster Rds
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 2pm-2am; Fri 2pm-4am; Sat 12pm-4am; Sun 12pm-2am
Transport: Subway: Q to Cortelyou Rd
Price: Average drink: $6. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Christa Sully

Cortelyou Roads has to be one of the most underrated streets in Brooklyn, but because of that, it's also one of my favorites. The perfect low-key local night to me is going to Mimi's Hummus for dinner and coming to Sycamore straight after.

Sycamore was ahead of most trends: huge whiskey selection, even more whiskey's boom; different day/night concepts (flower shop by day, bar by night)--not to mention a beer & bouquet for $10; pop-up events, such as a monthly zodiac party; trivia; and rotating food trucks/vendors in the back. It's your perfect neighborhood bar. And the fact that it's a block away from a firehouse where the guys frequently come in, doesn't hurt either ;)