The Girls Guide to NYC
by Alexis Swerdloff
Old Fashioned. Photo: Alexander Thompson
589 Vanderbilt Ave., 212-766-3202, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
The scene on Girls: During a botched job interview in the second episode, Hannah mentions that Cobble Hill is a little too grown-up for her, referencing the bar Weather Up. The bar is actually in Prospect Heights, which Lena Dunham later corrected in an interview. (New Yorkers are relentless about their facts!)
The scene in real life: It's true that this cocktail den, located on bustling Vanderbilt Avenue, is for the more "grown-up" among us—with specialty cocktails like the Whizz Bang and the Widow's Kiss hovering in the $11 to $14 range. But the vibe is relaxed and cozy, and the bartenders (trained by master mixologist Sasha Petraske) are very friendly. Owner Kathryn Weatherup opened a second location in TriBeCa in 2010.