The Drink

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The Drink Nestled just far enough from the main drag of Williamsburg's bar scene, The Drink is a rustic hangout for discerning hipsters looking for a neighborhood spot to unwind. New York United States 40.711066 -73.945406
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Party Earth Review Nestled just far enough from the main drag of Williamsburg’s bar scene, The Drink is a rustic hangout for discerning hipsters looking for a neighborhood spot to unwind. Where other bars play pirates, The Drink goes for... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Drink Review

The Scene

Nestled just far enough from the main drag of Williamsburg's bar scene, The Drink is a rustic hangout for discerning hipsters looking for a neighborhood spot to unwind.

Nestled just far enough from the main drag of Williamsburg’s bar scene, The Drink is a rustic hangout for discerning hipsters looking for a neighborhood spot to unwind.

Where other bars play pirates, The Drink goes for broke with its nautical theme, with massive iron gears and paddles rescued from the owner’s grandfather’s ship forming a backdrop for the groups of artsy professionals who show up for a girls’ night out.

White walls, weathered wooden barstools, cage lights, and a bar made of wood that was once destined to be a sea-faring vessel complete the venue’s Maine harbor ambiance without going overboard.

While world-weary indie rockers can huddle over pints of Lagunitas and Six Point at the bar, the real draw here is the six varieties of punch served in communal bowls, including the hot and delicious Wassail – Rhum Barbancourt, apple cider, and spices – perfect for warding off the cold in the bitter winter months.

In the summer, patrons can make their way through a crimson-lit hallway to the outdoor patio to relax over cocktails and enjoy some slow-cook barbecue.

Imported beer at low prices means the place is usually filled with budget drinkers and local artists in the early evening, while nights and weekends attract more boisterous groups of musicians and artists getting lively over shared punch bowls and a good conversation to a soundtrack of folk rock and jazz.

Unpretentious and easygoing, The Drink is proof that Williamsburg’s best bars are always a little hard to find.

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Tip from Emma:

While $43 sounds pricey, the punch by the bowl is unbelievable, and a whole bowl goes a long way even in a large group. With three people or fewer, though, you might want to stick to the drafts.

  • Crowd

    Groups of hipster girlfriends, laid-back indie rockers, and well-dressed artists, 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    iPod mixes of indie rock, acoustic folk, and jazz.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Hot and cold punch by the bowl, ten servings per bowl. Outdoor patio.

  • Prices

    Beer $4, wine $6+, cocktails $6+, punch $5/cup or $43/bowl.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual: vintage dresses, faux-shabby suits, leather jackets, Doc Martens.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest weekend crowds.

  • Close By

    Only a few blocks away is Sweet Ups (277 Graham Avenue), a more traditional bar with a comfortable and homey atmosphere.

The Drink User Reviews

Average rating:
Hard to find, weird atmosphere
Chris K. Nov 15, 2012
The Drink definitely has some things going for it--the huge gears hanging from the walls, the nice wooden bar, the low-key and upbeat staff. Overall, this is a nice place to have a quiet drink, maybe with one's significant other after a long day. But honestly, it's all a little subdued. The beers are half-pints for full-pint prices, and the punch bowls are often overwhelming and only decent. This whole thing feels like a bar according to Wes Anderson--quiet but self-involved, more concerned with throwing up an idea of a bar than somewhere cool to hang out. Always fine for a quick drink, but nowhere to go out of your way for.
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