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Sisters

Sisters is an off-the-beaten-path bar and restaurant, where the cocktails are good and the DJ is GREAT. Come here on the tail-end of a weekday night and we challenge you not to chair dance on your barstool (or, who knows, actually dance) as you sip your spicy margarita. While the skylit dining room in the back offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, we find the cocktails and DJ sets here to be better than the food. The best manoeuvre is to grab pizza down the road at Emily (if the wait isn’t insane) and then head over to Sisters to soak up the tunes and booze.

Loosie Rouge

Imagine your hippest girlfriend. Next, imagine what her chic Brooklyn loft might look like. Then, imagine if you could hang out in said loft all day drinking cocktails and listening to jazz music. Welcome to Loosie Rouge, the Williamsburg bar that’s a little bit Paris, a little bit New Orleans, and a whole lot Brooklyn. With the kind of decor that deserves its own Instagram account and colourful cocktails served in mismatched glassware, Loosie Rouge verges on being just a little too sweet; luckily the laidback Brooklyn crowd serves to counteract the cuteness. If you’re feeling hungry, Loosie’s Kitchen next door serves up delicious Southern-style comfort grub.

Ode to Babel

Ode to Babel was a recommendation to the SUITCASE team from Brooklyn born DJ, Kitty Cash: “It reminds me of my grandma’s living room, and she is the flyest person ever.” This small bar and lounge in Prospect Heights with a Caribbean feel is your perfect neighbourhood spot. Come for coffee and light bites during the day while you peruse the small section of lifestyle items for sale. But it comes into its own at night. Head to Babel when you’re starting out your evening or for a chilled vibe with cocktails and reggae tunes (they close at 1AM). There are often small performances or DJ sets and it’s the ideal space to rent out for a private shindig.

June

A favourite among the in-the-know crowd, June has an all-natural wine list. First popular in Paris, the wave of enthusiasm for “vin naturel” has hit New York big-time and this Cobble Hill boozer boasts some of the best. You’ll find all kinds of wonder here, from marmalade-hued “orange wines” to more familiar tipples. With lots of by-the-glass options, the best way forward is to put yourself in the hands of the team who’ll pair with seasonal small plates so delicious you’ll be scooping and savouring until the end. A cosy spot that harks back to the bygone days of Parisian drinking dens, June is great for long catch ups with old friends, with low ceilings, snug booths and dim lighting providing the perfect backdrop for salacious secret swapping.

The Four Horsemen

On an inconspicuous stretch of Williamsburg’s Grand Street lies The Four Horsemen, a tranquil, minimalist hideaway where cool-kid somms pour the juice of hand-selected, unusual and rare wines from around the world. You can hang out here for hours; pop in for a glass after work, stay for dinner then fall into the street long after dark, again and again and again…

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