Drinks in Williamsburg?
Any suggestions for a quiet, comfy place for drinks near the train?
Spike Hill on Bedford. It's spitting distance from the L stop. I had always ignored this place, but my friend and I decided to stop in there for a drink before we parted ways one evening. They have a very extensive, and reasonably priced beer selection. I was delighted to see that I could get a Fin du Monde for less then 7 dollars.
They have booths that they reserve for people ordering food, but after 11 they open up to bar patrons. They are very cozy and secluded.
the new hotel delmano (berry & n. 9th) is a beautiful space, softish music and 3-separate rooms to moderate the atmosphere. it's a mixologist, cocktail place a la pegu club, flatiron lounge and east side company bar. can go a little high on the hipster quotient with some of the staff and clientele... but still nice.
generally not crowded in the winter time, and thus quiet, the bar / cafe area of the restaurant juliette (n. 5th just west of bedford) is fine for a couple drinks in a french brasserie atmosphere. food's nothing special.
I've gotta give big seconds to Harefield Road (same owners as Pencil Factory) and Spike Hill. Both have good vibes, great beer, and Spike Hill has one of the best fish and chips in NY.
If you want something slightly more cocktail-ish, Huckleberry Bar on Grand between Leonard and Lorimer, is pretty good if you're willing to walk a few blocks from the Lorimer stop, but I'd suggest it only on a weeknight as the weekend's get a little crazy.
Does anyone know what the name of that little speakeasy place is? I don't have a lot to go on because I stumbled into the place drunk but it was incredibly charming with chandaliers, small rooms, a polished (iron? copper?) bar and delicious cocktails. I really should have got the name...it's on a corner off Grand? Bedford?
Anyway...Iona is a great Scottish pub...you'll think you're in Great Britain. They even have London Pride cask ale.