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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?

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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.

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

    Fornino
    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.

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      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?

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        Blueprint
        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.

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          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.

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          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.

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