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Nice bar for cocktails and maybe some snacks in Park Slope?

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So embarrassed to say this, because I've been living here 8 years, but I don't get out much for a nice cocktail. A friend is in town tonight and we'd like to go to a bar before dinner at my place for drinks and maybe a nice app or two. Looking for a place that makes good cocktails (I like martinis and I'm very pernickety about them) and decent wine list, not too terribly loud (but some noise is fine) and decent lighting (we're not getting any younger...)

I'm thinking in terms of what the bar would be like at Prime Meats if it wasn't always jam packed.

Any ideas?

Prime Meats
465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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  1. The bar at Fornino would work. The atmosphere is adult without being stuffy although you won't see anywhere near as many faux lumberjacks as you do at Prime Meats. To me, that's a plus. As far as bar snacks go, order simply. The ingredients are good although sometimes the preparation can be faulty.

    Just down the street is Blue Ribbon. The atmosphere at the bar is similar although I thought the drinks were on the small size with full sized prices. I haven't eaten there but I've heard nice things.

    If I was choosing, I'd go to Fornino.

    Blue Ribbon Brooklyn
    280 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    256 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    1. Prime Meats is not in the slope, but I often go there in the late afternoon for drinks and snacks/oysters, since it's near me. I don't drink Martinis, but they make nice cocktails, so they should make a decent martini.
      The food (and the oysters) are good, but there is a high faux lumberjack quotient and sometimes the service crosses the line into surly. Also, unless you get there before 6, it might start filling up.

      Another possibility if you're willing to come to this area is clover club, which is fairly fanatical about it's cocktails and has appy type snacks like deviled eggs. it's expensive, but so is prime meats, tho clover club may be a bit more.

      Clover Club
      210 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Prime Meats
      465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      1. Blueprint on 5th ave across the street from Bierkraft?

        196 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        1. re: subinai

          Yes, I was going to say Blueprint, and also Wolf and Deer further north up 5th Avenue.

          Wolf and Deer
          74 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        2. The Vanderbilt on Vanderbilt (technically PH) if it's not too far. Interesting small plates, creative cocktails, contemporary ambience, not ridiculous.

          The Vanderbilt
          570 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

          1. The wine bar behind Al di La is nice, and they have good apps. I'm not sure if they do cocktails, though.

            Al Di La
            248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            1. Brookvin has nice cocktails with a range of spirits, great wine by the glass, good snacks, fine ambience, and is tasteful apart from that terrible name. 7th Ave at 12th or 13th. The problem with some other possibilities like Applewood and that Thistle Hill (or whatever) place is that the bars are really too small to count on seats.

              Addendum: If you are doing Cobble Hill, Char No. 4 has wonderful bourbon cocktails (and probably other kinds), the food is good, and the bar is relatively roomy. Same for Buttermilk Channel, actually.

              501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Char No. 4
              196 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Buttermilk Channel
              524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              381 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Thistle Hill Tavern
              441 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              1. IMO, two of the very best for this purpose are in Prospect Heights--Franny's (cocktails are good and the apps to die for), or James (good cocktails and good snacks, you just might be tempted to stay for the hamburger!).

                Otherwise, I'd put Vanderbilt on your list--I've had decent cocktails there, and they have lots of small plates for sampling. If you're feeling like more, cross the street to Weatherup to continue your cocktail crawl.

                Sorry if that's a roundabout way of answering your questions--I don't think there are too many great cocktail places in Park Slope unfortunately (tho Stone Park/Thistle Hill definitely worth considering).

                295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                Stone Park Cafe
                324 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                605 Carlton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

                Weather Up
                589 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

                The Vanderbilt
                570 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

                Thistle Hill Tavern
                441 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215