The Best and Booziest of Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn

by Sonie Guseh on Oct 10, 2017 in Roundups

 
Just across the East River, with views of the lower Manhattan skyline, lies a set of neighborhoods that are a mix of commercial and residential, modern and historical, bars and brownstones, cobblestone sidewalks and river views from rooftops. Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn — depending on which areas you’re coming from — are about a 10-15 minute walk from the East River waterfront underneath the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. With fall arriving and winter in tow, it’s time to check out some of the best spots in the neighborhood to spend those cool afternoons and evenings this season.

Pollo d’Oro
This restaurant and pisco bar offers delicious Peruvian food for takeout or dine in. Try one of their many hearty ceviche options, and pair with a cocktail concoction, like a classic Peruvian Pisco Sour. (306 Gold St., 718-855-8088)

Walter’s
Located just along the edges of Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene, right near the park -- and a spinoff from a Williamsburg original -- Walter’s is a small bar and restaurant touting upscale American fare. Try the fresh gin Aviation (gin, maraschino, and lemon), the Bitter Margarita (tequila, campari, lime), or an Orange Manhattan (rye, punt e mes, orange bitters). Walter’s is cute and cozy with a classic feel -- you may want to call ahead to make sure there’s space. (166 Dekalb Ave., 718-488-7800)

Forno Rosso
Check out this Italian-style pizza parlor if you’re looking for some good bites to go along with your cocktails. If you go, try the Sicilian Nectar (Blood orange juice, Ford’s Gin, Aperol, Gallo sweet vermouth, ginger syrup, mint),  or the Heart of Naples (Honey Jack whiskey, Espresso iced sphere, Baileys, vanilla syrup). (327 Gold St., 718-451-3800)

Circa Brewing Co.
This new beer garden, which opened up its doors in July, brews its own beers in house. There are 6 to 10 beers offered on tap that rotate seasonally. Check out the fall lineup as the seasons change. Happy hours are from 4 to 7pm Monday through Friday -- get 2 beers and 1 margherita pizza for $20. If you go, try the Saison (7% -- described by the brewery as “fruit, spice”) or the peach Berliner Weisse (4.5% -- bright acidity, lime, sour). (141 Lawrence St., 718-858-0055)

Sociale
This Italian restaurant in Brooklyn Heights touts a cozy interior and a hearty wine list. Candlelit tables make for a romantic date night or intimate dinner and drinks outing with a few family members or a friend or two. If you go, try a cocktail -- perhaps the Spicy Margarita (Espolon reposado tequila, Aperola, simple syrup, hot sauce, and fresh lime juice), the Henry & Orange, a wine-based fruity cocktail named for the corner where the restaurant is located (fresh grapes, St. Germain, Sour Mix, Citron Vodka, Sparkling Rosé), or go full-fledged into the wine list and bring the rosé (Marquis de Tour) into the autumn months. (72 Henry St., 718-576-3588).

Dekalb Market
This mega food hall is full of 40 local regional food vendors. If you’re going for a bite to eat, check out some of the drink options as you float around, or have a seat at some of the picnic tables in the back. Fulton Landing Seafood offers rose wine and beer, or check out the eight rotating craft beers that you can try as a tasting flight or pint. (445 Albee Sq. West, 929-359-6555)

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar
Good for groups, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar has rustic interior vibes and skeleton decor throughout the restaurant and bar areas. Inside, you’ll find some throne-style seating options in the back dining room. Try Taco Tuesdays and get unlimited tacos for $18.99 per person, or the house margarita for just $7 per glass or $21 per nice-sized pitcher. Other tasty options include the Spicy Guava (Maestro Dobel Silver, Guava Nectar, Fresh Lime Juice, Habanero Syrup Glass) and the Watermelon Kiss margarita (Maestro Dobel Silver, Fresh Lime Juice, Agave Nectar, Watermelon Purée, Sugar Rimmed Glass. (339 Adams St., 718-246-8226)

Photo via Alex Welsh 

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