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Looking for a good place to get a cocktail before dinner at Applewood. Anywhere good in the area?

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Applewood
501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  1. Bar Toto would work. The atmosphere is pleasant enough. Keep in mind that BT isn't one of those new wave cocktail bars like Clover Club or PDT. It a bistro type place with a nice bar.

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    Bar Toto
    475 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Clover Club
    210 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    1. Its not cocktails but Brookvin wine bar is right around the corner on 7th ave and its great.

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      Brookvin
      381 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      1. re: jeeg

        The Bar portion of 12th Street Bar and Grill is nearby. Its got a nice neighborhoody vibe.

      2. Does the bar applewood itself work for you? Because as good as the food is, the drinks are actually just as good, if not better. It would be a shame to get all likkered up somewhere else, then have one more drink with dinner and regret the sub-standard cocktails you'd just consumed elsewhere.

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        1. re: Peter

          Are you actually criticizing the quality of the drinks at the other places recommended or are you just recommending those at Applewood?

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          Applewood
          501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          1. re: jen kalb

            Not bashing the other places at all (don't think I've even ever been to any of those mentioned), just singing the praises of the cocktails at Applewood. They really do shine on the cocktail menu.

            That said, Bob below is correct, the bar only has 6 seats and can fill up fairly fast. It likely would be ok if you showed up at say, 5:45pm for an hour of drinks before a 6:45pm reservation, but if your reservation is at 8:30, then by the time yoy got there at 7:30 the bar would be full of diners.

            Speaking of which, when dining in a party of two, we prefer to eat at the bar instead of a table. More fun to chat with the bartender, better overall service because he's always RIGHT there, easier to hear one another (applewood is LOUD), and you sometimes get a free drink thrown your way.

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            Applewood
            501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          2. re: Peter

            There's only room for about 4 people at that bar. Even if the OP tries Applewood's bar it would be a good idea to have a fallback.

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            Applewood
            501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          3. Barbes on 9th St and 6th ave? Nice bar, decent drinks.

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            1. re: funniduck

              Sidecar is a possibility for cocktails. BrookVin and Beer Table, respectively, for wine and beer.

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              Beer Table
              427 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215