La Serena at Donna
Brancolata at Donna
Haunted House at Donna
Chorizo empanada at Donna
Williamsburg boozers can take a break from the nabe's beer-and-shot dens at breezy Central American–inspired drinkery Donna, which opened on April 16. Owner Leif Huckman, previously the beverage director at Goat Town, sourced talent for the spot through his old employer, bringing on former chef Jessica Wilson (also a vet of Prune and A Voce) for the bar snacks, and Brooklyn outfit hOmE (Elsa, Paulie Gee's) to design the space. A vaulted cream ceiling, weathered-pine plank floors and blue-and-white-tiled stools lend a Spanish Colonial vibe to the bright space. Take a seat at the poured-concrete bar and choose from a rum-driven menu of ten tipples, including the Cuba Libre, Brancolada (Branca Menta, Appleton rum, coconut cream, pineapple and orange juices) and the Artichoke Hold (Cynar, St.-Germain, Smith and Cross rum, lime, orgeat), all created by bar manager Jeremy Oertel (Dram, Mayahuel). To eat, find tropical bites, such as chicken chicharróns, oxtail-jam-stuffed avocados seared à la plancha and a smoked pig's-face terrine with dates. On the weekends, DJs—like Benny Lowe of dance-pop outfit 33Hz—hit the decks. 27 Broadway at Dunham Pl, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (no phone)
The Kings Beer Hall
Suds lovers will want to swing by this international beer hall in Park Slope. Whether you live in the neighborhood or stop by after a Brooklyn Nets game at the nearby Barclay Center, you’ll surely find something you like on the menu of nearly 30 different beers. Old standbys like Krombacher Pilsner are listed alongside more unusual, seasonal finds like Harpoon Camp Wannamango. You can order several small beers to create your own tasting, or go all in with a larger size ($5 for 0.2 liter, $8 for a 0.5 liter, $15 for one liter, $20 for a boot and $65 for a five-liter stein). Some snacks might be nice—the jalapeno hush puppies ($7) or a beer-braised bratwurst ($6) ought to do the trick. If you need a full meal, order up some buffalo wings ($8) or a grass-fed burger ($12). Beer, bar snacks, jenga, pool tables—what more do you need?
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