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Short version of a long story: I need to go with a group of 4 for a nice drink very early on a Saturday evening before dinner in Brooklyn. If not for the dinner, I would be thinking Pega Club or one of its area competitors, but dinner logistics makes two questions important:

1. What kind of crowd will I face if I show up at around 6PM on a Saturday? I won't have the flexibility to wait for long.

2. Is the Clover Club in Cobble Hill a viable substitution for, say, Pega Club? Cocktail quality is important, but atmosphere might be more so.

(Sorry to mix Manhattan and Outer Boroughs topics, but the comparison is relevant to my decision).

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  1. For Pegu Club, if you get there right at 6pm, you will be fine.

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    Pegu Club
    77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

    1. you could also look at Cienfuegos. it's on Avenue A and 6th Street. i have never been during the weekend, but weeknights they open at 6pm. depending on where you'll be going in Brooklyn, it could work out with the trains.

      if you are worried about having to wait, you could get there early and have a coffee at the cafe downstairs. once the bar opens, they'll escort you up the old, dusty stairs.

      http://www.cienfuegosny.com/about.html

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      Cienfuegos
      95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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      1. re: coasts

        I've been on a Friday or Saturday and the place literally filled up within 20-30 minutes of opening. It's newer and hipper than Pegu Club.

        Also if people in your party don't like rum, they won't have any other choices at Cienfuegos. Pegu is "safer" in this regards.

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        Pegu Club
        77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

        Cienfuegos
        95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

      2. If you're going to be winding up in Cobble Hill, I'd say start at either Henry Public or Brooklyn Social Club. Or even the bar at Prime Meats, if they're not too crowded. You don't want to start a Brooklyn evening in Manhattan - too much commuting, never know how long the trains will take, etc.

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        1. re: sgordon

          Henry Public is a good suggestion, but could be out of the way depending on where dinner is. I find Brooklyn Social to be on the downhill with their drinks. The drinks are fine, nothing special; they were better when they first opened and there were fewer serious cocktail bars at that time. But given the choices these days, that bar feels like any oher crowded bar.

          Clover Club has terrific drinks and a really nice atmosphere - and since the OP is going early enough it won't be too crowded.

          1. re: pellegrino31

            Thanks all!

            How would the Clover Club atmosphere compare to Pegu et al?

            1. re: tazerowe

              I really like the atmosphere at Clover Club and they're doing some hot drinks right now that look pretty fun. You'll get more help if you post on the outer boroughs board but I also love the drinks at Jake Walk, also on Smith Street. It's usually not hard to get a table to bar seat there and they have a great cocktail menu. Enjoy!
              JeremyEG
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