Fathom Favorites : Brooklyn Bars + Cafes

1. Sauvage

A Parisian-style restaurant from the folks behind nearby Maison Premiere that spills outside in warmer months. Along with chef Lisa Giffen, they’ve brought with them head bartender Will Elliott, whose unrivaled commitment to cocktailing means he keeps several types of ice and some hundred-plus small-batch liquors on hand.

905 Lorimer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. Loosie's Cafe

Pull up a hammock and order a matcha at the sunny daytime iteration of nighttime bar Loosie Rouge. (Yes, that’s right, there are hammocks. And plants. Many, many plants.) Morning coffee and spirulina doughnuts turn into kale-matcha margaritas and dollar oysters when happy hour starts … at noon.

93 S. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

3. The Long Island Bar

An old stevedore haunt of yore, the appeal of the mid-century institution is its decided aversion to trends. The original neon signage, red leather barstools, and classic cocktails help the bar retain an easy authenticity that’s hard to come by.

110 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

4. The Four Horsemen

Owned by LCD Sound System frontman James Murphy, the hype surrounding the unpretentious wine bar isn't dying anytime soon. Reasonably priced natural wines, table wines, and unusual varietals comprise the wine list, while cedar and burlap comprise the minimalist decor.

295 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

5. Devoción

A South Williamsburg roaster where "farm-to-table" is almost an understatement. Beans are sourced (fair trade, of course) from select rural Colombian plantations and shipped to the U.S. within ten days. The huge space has a rustic-meets-industrial feel: high ceilings and concrete floors, exposed brick, wooden tables, and a plant wall.

69 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

6. Extraction Lab

The most innovative coffee in Industry City, maybe even New York. They have all the latest equipment, most notably Steampunk vacuum brewers with glass canisters that give the coffee shop a real laboratory feel.

51 35th St.
Brooklyn, 11232

7. Nowadays

The two DJs behind Mister Saturday Night have opened a big factory space and backyard on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border. In warm weather, there’s ample room to spread out (full of New York’s hottest commodity — grass), trees, hills, a a ping pong table, and string lights along the perimeter at night. Play games, eat dinner, have drinks, watch a movie. And check out Mister Sunday, the duo’s epic daytime dance party every Sunday during the summer.

56-06 Cooper Ave.
Queens, NY 11385

8. Madre Mezcaleria

The sibling to nearby Prospect Heights Mexican hotspot El Atoradero has nearly 50 mezcals to choose from at all price points. Sip slowly and admire the Mexican talavera tiles that line the counter opposite the bar — the owner brought them back from Puebla herself.

706 Washington Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238

9. Karasu

Old-school Japanese cocktail culture is alive and well at the 1920s-style izakaya speakeasy where the drinks are more "ceremonial" than "handcrafted." To get there: Pass through bustling, light-filled Walter’s to the quieter, darker, swankier back room hideaway.

166 Dekalb Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

10. Bossa Nova Civic Club

A small, remote, vaguely tropical-themed Bushwick dive bar is the center of action for the Brooklyn dance scene. The dance floor is small. The kids can get sloppy. But the DJ lineup is typically excellent and the energy is palpable. The crowd goes wild.

1271 Myrtle Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221

11. Habana Outpost

You know it's summer when Habana Outpost opens up its chain link gate, fires-up the food truck grills, and flicks on the bike-powered smoothie machine. The seasonal hangout serves cheap beer and Cuban sandwiches in its open lot; has a DJ, film nights, and crafts for kids; and welcomes a fun, laid-back crowd that spills out onto the streets and nearly turns every day into a block party.

757 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

12. The Commodore

An unassuming neighborhood bar is the starting line for an awesome night. Great people watching, kitschy drinks (amaretto float!), and a killer bar menu (it's all about the fried chicken with itsy biscuits and honey butter). Service can be a bit all over the map, but the festive music and vibe more than makes up for it.

366 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

13. Maison Premiere

The more mollusks the merrier is the unofficial motto of the super popular Williamsburg oyster bar. Inspired by the parlors of Paris and the saloons of the Big Easy, it’s a darling jewel box crammed with Belle Epoque references, glistening bivalves, and delta blues sounds.

298 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. Sunny's Bar

Red Hook's clubhouse is a dive bar well-worth the transit trouble you'll encounter getting there (it's a 1-3 mile walk from the nearest train stations). Being that it's an old mariner's hang, it's weathered, cozy, salty, and filled with live bluegrass in the back. Excellent for catching up and/or canoodling any time of year.

253 Conover St.
Brooklyn, NY

15. Weather Up

American Nouveau in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Sit at the slender bar with piano key stools to watch mixology in action. Take your precious cocktail to the back patio for mingling. 

589 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238

16. Bien Cuit

Bien Cuit

A go-to for serious bread connoisseurs, the artisanal bakery sells French staples like double-baked almond croissants, fresh-out-of-the-oven baguettes, and decadent eclairs, all proudly baked with local ingredients the old-fashioned way. 

120 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

17. Bunna Cafe

Bunna Cafe

Everything at this lively, dimly-lit restaurant is fresh, delicious, and vegan. Order an Ethiopian feast (for two, three, or four) and receive the menu’s best dishes over a base of tart injera. For your buzz, there’s regular live music, Ethiopian beer, cocktails, and honey wine, and soul-warming Ethiopian coffee, which is poured as part of an elaborate and traditional coffee ceremony — for free.

1084 Flushing Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11237

18. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

An old-fashioned pharmacy is now an old-fashioned-looking soda fountain and sundries shop. Soda jerks with cute paper hats delight kids of all ages with seasonal ice cream floats, shakes, sundaes, and classic egg creams. 

513 Henry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

19. Bellocq Tea Atelier

Venetian plaster walls and plush upholstery make the tiny tea atelier feel like an oversized jewel box. Teas are sourced from all over the world, and everything, from the teas to the canisters they come in, is custom made.

104 West St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222