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Sophisticated Cocktails in Brooklyn

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DeeDee Sep 29, 2004 05:43 PM

I'm searching for a few suggestions for sophisticated cocktails in Brooklyn. I love Belgian beer and red wine but as the weather gets cooler looking for interesting cocktails also.

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    mrnyc Sep 29, 2004 09:18 PM

    RIVER CAFE. great bar. you dont have to eat either!

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      hanover Sep 29, 2004 10:05 PM

      Bembe is a small, fun Latin American bar underneath the Williamsburg bridge. They have a number of interesting house drinks.

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        rpuma Sep 30, 2004 08:13 AM

        Cafe El Cubanito in Brooklyn Heights is a Latin restaurant which has excellent drinks.

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          Lambretta76 Sep 30, 2004 08:40 AM

          Brooklyn Social on Smith, Frankie's 457 Spuntino on Court, Downtown Atlantic (great bartender).

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            cobble gal Sep 30, 2004 11:42 AM

            i second Brooklyn Social! a lovely interior, great bartender, delicious cocktails. and the space was once a men's social club - nice little piece of brooklyn history.

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              mjr_inthegardens Sep 30, 2004 01:22 PM

              Nicer than saying, this used to be a bodega, that's for certain!

              I suggest the Ginger/Bourbon cocktail...

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                Lambretta76 Sep 30, 2004 01:33 PM

                And try the whiskey/chinotto combo (I forget the name of it) - really tasty!

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                  cobble gal Sep 30, 2004 05:20 PM

                  that might be the "italian american" - i just took a friend there last night and he had that one.

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                    Lambretta76 Sep 30, 2004 06:24 PM

                    That's it!

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                  caladonia Oct 1, 2004 03:43 PM

                  i can't resist echoing the bklyn social rec- the old fashioned was amazing.

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        bklynlass Sep 30, 2004 11:40 AM

        Bluestone on Columbia? original cocktails made by the bartender....raspberry limeade is one of them...if i remember correctly...had a few :)...

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          Matt Sep 30, 2004 11:43 AM

          Babinga on St.Marks/Flatbush/6th Ave is a great place for cocktails -- especially couches in back.

          if you're in the area - you must try the basil gimlet at Franny's up the block!

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            Ariel Sep 30, 2004 10:20 PM

            Second this. Great prices for creative cocktails. The space is gorgeous. Never got a chance to sit in it (bad weather) but the garden was nice, too.

          2. kraw Nov 16, 2006 01:57 PM

            At Franny's, all the bartenders are exceptionally creative and good -- those tasty drinks go down all-too-easily, and that's a compliment. Bartender Karen -- Kay-ron the Destroyer -- made a vodka rosemary lemonade over the summer that was thirst-quenchingly refreshing and perfectly balanced, just the right amount of rosemary, and, to quote that silly Country Time commercial from days of yore, "not too tart, not too sweet." And their "Brooklyn" -- the Kings County answer to the Manhattan -- is divine. They use their own homemade lemon sour in place of vermouth, and it is perfect on a cold, wintry day. They also have a great wine list, both by the bottle and by the glass. . .

            1. livetotravel Nov 16, 2006 03:44 PM

              Applewood has a great Fall cocktail menu...

              Maple Manhattan - Maker's Mark, Vermont maple syrup, Cardomom vodka, bitters

              Pumpkin Cream Soda - Gosling's dark rum, pumpkin puree, vanilla-sugar rim

              Spiced Pear whiskey sour - Jack Daniels, pear puree, spiced syrup

              Cinnamon-ginger martini

              Etc.

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