Bartending vet Del Pedro (Pegu Club) is behind this Prospect Heights drinkery, named after the Chicago street that was home to the Dil Pickle Club—a famous 20th-century “hobohemian” gathering place for tramps and intellectuals. The bar, opening October 18th, reflects that mix of high-minded artistry and down-market charm in its list of eight craft cocktails, like the Hobo Julep, which reshapes the posh Kentucky Derby classic in everyman fashion, employing rock-candy syrup, colorful mint bitters and a rip-roaring, high-proof Old Forester bourbon. Those seeking more luxe pleasures can sample the “History of the Martini Cocktail” menu, which traces the development of the classic tipple through six incarnations, including its sweeter ancestor, the Martinez. Casual drinkers can opt for a beer-and-shot combo, which will feature pairings of American whiskeys with domestic beers. The 45-seat room showcases a 24-foot-long bar made from the wooden flatbed of a truck and a floor laid with planks torn from an old barn. 793 Washington Ave between Lincoln and St. Johns Pls, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (347-955-4743)
Looking for the Oktoberfest experience without boarding an international flight? Head to Bierhaus NYC in Midtown East. With its long, communal tables, dirndl-clad waitresses and steins of Hofbrau lager, this bar gives off some serious Munich vibes. There’s almost always live music, often polka, and the rowdy crowd will even break into a tipsy German sing-along from time to time. The kitchen serves up a menu full of beer hall favorites, like currywurst with fries ($11) and flammkuchen, a flatbread topped with sour cream, red onions and bacon ($11). For a heartier meal, try the weinerschnitzel with potato salad and red cabbage ($19) or the slow-roasted pork shank ($23). The soft pretzels served with sweet or spicy mustard are even imported from Bavaria ($4.50 for a small, $9.50 for a large). There’s plenty of beer to wash it down with—available in half liters ($9), liters ($18) and even boots ($36).
Venue says: “24 beers on tap, along with six varieties of Hofbrau beer. Live music Tuesday through Saturday & Giant mimosa towers for brunch!”