Recently Opened Bars
by Time Out New York contributors, 11/06/2012
Hobo Julep. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz
793 Washington Ave, 347-955-4743, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
This Prospect Heights drinkery, from bartending vet Del Pedro (Pegu Club), is named after the Chicago street that was home to the Dil Pickle Club—a famous 20th-century "hobohemain" gathering place for tramps and intellectuals. The bar reflects that mix of high-minded artistry and roguish, down-market charm in its list of eight craft cocktails, like the Hobo Julep, which reshapes the posh Kentucky Derby classic in everyman fashion, employing rock-candy syrup, colorful mint bitters and a rip-roaring, high-proof Old Forester bourbon. Those seeking more luxe pleasures can sample the "History of the Martini Cocktail" menu, which traces the development of the classic tipple through six incarnations, including its sweeter ancestor, the Martinez. Weary travelers can also opt for that time-old tonic, a beer-and-shot combo, which will feature pairings of American whiskeys with domestic beers. The 45-seat room showcases a 24-foot-long bar made from the wooden flatbed of a truck and a floor laid with planks torn from an old barn.