667 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Mon-Sun 5pm-4am
Subway: L to Lorimer St.
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: 5-8pm Daily $4 Select Beers, $6 red, white, or sparking wine
Every au-currant establishment in New York is required to have a retro look, but this bar takes it back further with Victorian furniture, a marble fireplace and an antique wooden birdcage; you half expect to find a dish of Werther’s Originals on the table. Despite the grandma’s-living-room feel, the bar is full of the kind of tattooed people she’d never let you hang out with, plus a pool table. It’s sort of a cocktail bar–jalapeno tequila with black currant and lime juices; rum, orange blossom and lemonade; rosemary bourbon, ginger and lime, etc.–though none of the drinks have more than three ingredients, meaning no 20-minute wait per cocktail. There are also six wines, by the glass only, and while the beer list is mostly mainstream stuff like Amstels and Coronas, local beers from Six Points and Brooklyn Brewery get some love.
TAGS: Bars, Fancy Cocktails, Garden/Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Greenpoint, Happy Hour, Lorimer, Notable Beer, Open Late, ★★★★ Great
The name of this Greenpoint watering hole ups your expectations for an evening of drink. If you stop here, it can’t just be a night of so-so, or a night of whatever. At Night of Joy, you will feel joy. Or else. The joy may come when you shoot a game at their pool table, which is tucked into a nook by the bar. Or, maybe you’ll get your joy in with some of their cocktails— the cilantro Bloody Mary offers a nice pick-me-up, while the orange blossom rum lemonade might as well be called joy juice. If you’re still not feeling it, head up to the bar’s rooftop patio, which features a few scattered chairs and views of the BQE (hey, any outdoor vista is nice after a few stiff ones). Still not awash with joy? Settle in and make it a night of tipsy—you’ll find the joy soon enough.