The craft-cocktail movement sweeps into Clinton Hill on June 14th with this retro bar from Andy McDowell (owner of Pete’s Candy Store). Cork tiling outfit the camper-inspired drinkery—its moniker is the nickname for a 1960s Volkswagen bus. Behind the curved 20-seat bar, Karin Stanley (Little Branch, Dutch Kills) pours classics cocktails, along with Splitty specialties like the hot-sauce–laced Gordon’s Breakfast and a rickey with fresh ginger juice. Boozehounds can also choose from ten draft beers (Hitachino Nest White Ale, Narragansett Lager) and 11 bottled or canned varieties (Crooked Tree IPA, Safe Harbor American Blonde Ale). Steamed buns—fillings include brisket pastrami, mushroom and onion, and banana with Nutella—pad stomachs for a night of drinking. 415 Myrtle Ave between Clinton and Vanderbilt Aves, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (718-643-2867)
This neighborhood bar in the East Village offers Southern fare and ample drinks to its patrons. Come for brunch to score unlimited mimosas or Bloody Mary’s for just $12 with any entree. Mama’s Bar partners with Root & Bone for the food menu, which includes crispy chicken biscuits with root chips and tabasco pepper jelly ($12), a waffle benedict with pork belly bacon and lemon hollandaise sauce ($15) and a farmer’s omelette with mushrooms and bell peppers. Even the late-night crowd can try some of the Southern bar bites, like deviled eggs ($7), crispy chicken wings with spicy honey ($9), pimento cheese biscuits ($8) or short rib biscuits with tomato jam and pickles ($10). In addition to full bar service, Mama’s Bar also serves signature cocktails like Dick’s Cucumber Cooler with cucumber-infused gin, lime, bitters and tonic, the Hot Mama with jalapeno tequila, cilantro-flavored vodka, Malibu rum and pineapple juice and a Manhattan Iced Tea with rye, lavender bitters, lemon juice and chamomile (each $10).
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