WINNER: The Brooklynite
516 Brooklyn Ave. • (210) 444-0707
The Brooklynite (or BKSA) was one of the city's first truly crafty craft bars, and it would be easy for them to rest on their obscure herbal bitters and arcane boozes. Not so. Though the staff behind the bar may change (stalwart Rob Gourlay has just moved on to one of founder Jeret Peña's newest ventures, Rumble on St. Mary's), the drinks are ever-inventive. Many of them are named by Stephan Mendez, who holds out at another Peña enterprise, The Last Word, but don't consider them simply clever. Mezcalculated consists of a beautiful blend of, yes, mezcal, rum, baked apple bitters and honey; Cross My Heart and Hope for Rye takes spicy rye and smoky mezcal and pairs them with a house pecan cordial, sweet vermouth and another specialty bitters; and Pearl Snaps and Beard Oil starts with reposado tequila and a rinse of potent Douglas Fir liqueur. Tiki Tuesday is about to get reinvigorated with a menu that concentrates on traditional tiki and today's take on it. Put on a sassy floral shirt and sashay on down.
102 9th St., Suite 400 • (210) 340-9880
219 E. Houston St. • (210) 472-2600