by Craig Bridger, 11/28/2012
Photo: Phil Kline
282 Smith St., 347-599-0294, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
This smart, casually vintage Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens favorite (from the owners of cheese shop Stinky Bklyn and wine store Smith & Vine) may have been envisioned as a wine-and-cheese bar, but it's a bona fide whiskey joint, too. The JakeWalk houses more than 150 brown spirits (mostly scotch) and offers a range of palate-pleasing whiskey flights. Red-and-gold wallpaper, exposed brick and a giant bronze-wood-framed mirror all add to its shabby elegance. And one wall even opens to the sidewalk (and outdoor tables) on warm evenings. The scene is relaxed and grown-up—popular, but rarely crammed—and the seasonal cocktails and food are excellent, to boot.