Neighborhood: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Address: 222 Bushwick Ave.
If you look back with fondness on days spent hanging out in your father's woodshed, secretly sipping off his beer stash, you'll be about this classed-up Williamsburg dive. Peg-board walls sport old tools, while an open backyard beckons for days of warmer weather. Twelve taps pour local suds as well as American crafts, making it easy to opt for a simple shot and a beer. But it's the surprisingly well-crafted cocktail program that makes this bar a come-from-behind winner. Dainty glassware appears as if out thin air to showcase local booze like Harvest Spirit's Cornelius Applejack from the Hudson Valley and COMB's Honey Gin from Westchester County. Nightly DJs play classics from A Tribe Called Quest, Iggy Pop, and others. Stumble in from the Montrose L stop to hang with mellow rockabillys and neighborhood follk.