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
228 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
L: Grand Street
WILLIAMSBURG, NEW YORK –
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.
Groups of hipster girlfriends, laid-back indie rockers, and well-dressed artists, 20s to early 30s.
iPod mixes of indie rock, acoustic folk, and jazz.
Hot and cold punch by the bowl, ten servings per bowl. Outdoor patio.
Beer $4, wine $6+, cocktails $6+, punch $5/cup or $43/bowl.
Hipster casual: vintage dresses, faux-shabby suits, leather jackets, Doc Martens.
Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest weekend crowds.
Only a few blocks away is Sweet Ups (277 Graham Avenue), a more traditional bar with a comfortable and homey atmosphere.