The 10 Best Bars in Greenpoint
Greenpoint is the neighborhood trying to have it all. Close enough to bathe in the reflected glory of Williamsburg/Bushwick youth, this arty enclave parties hard yet still sees itself as kind of above all that. Greenpoint is like that dude at a rager who slams three drinks and rules the dancefloor for an hour, then abruptly leaves to go read his new book about Venice. The neighborhood is obsessed with itself, a feeling no doubt helped by difficulties travelling in or out. Does all this make a perfect formula for a diverse, daring and bloody-minded bar scene? You bet it does. Plus, HBO's Girls is largely filmed here. So where are the best places in Greenpoint to drink away the pain of writers' block, daddy issues, or that Q-Tip you shoved too far in? We rate the finest watering holes in neighborhood.
All photos Alexandria Ethridge Manhattan Inn
10. Manhattan Inn
632 Manhattan Avenue, 718.383.0885
We can sum up this place in seven words: "Finally, a piano bar that doesn't suck." A cocktail cave with accompanying restaurant, the soundtrack to a very special episode of your life is provided by the baby grand piano dominating the Inn's back room. Plus, the Manhattan is a great place to order its namesake booze-bowl cocktail: their rye and bourbon-based drinks are by far the largest and lustiest in the borough. The keys are covered up at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays as very sloppy dance parties break out, the perfect environment for you to try cocaine for the first time and show off your nipples through a mesh shirt.
113 Franklin Street, 718.383.6000
When your friends are squabbling over which bar to hit next, few phrases settle the argument quite like: "I know a place with free pizza." And it's not just free. It's actually kind of good. Any drink at this local dive bar institution buys you a raffle ticket redeemable for a personal cheese pie straight from their oven. You want to dust it with Oregano? Parm? Crushed red pepper? Hey, they're not animals. They got you, bro. Other toppings are just a buck extra. Without a doubt, you will meet several Ray Ploshansky-types relaxing after a long day of misanthropic self-absorption. Luckily his barista salary can easily swing their "Low Life Special": a shot of whiskey, a Miller Highlife and a pizza token for just $5.
8. No Name Bar
597 Manhattan Avenue, no phone
With its lack of a sign, abundance of tasteful carpentry, and many beautiful women, locals dubbed this place "Wood Pussy" for a while, but "No Name" has stuck as an official title. They have a full bar, but don't kid yourself: you're here for cans of Tecate and large helpings of eye candy. This low-lit spot feels like the location for a film noir shot entirely in the forest: Rockabilly meets Twin Peaks. Hot tattooed girls are everywhere, begetting hot tattooed boys in strong pursuit. Punk night on Wednesdays brings them out in force, so prepare your obscure band name-dropping in advance. "Is this a Flux of Pink Indians song?", you ask the DJ in feigned curiosity, knowing the answer is irrelevant because you only asked to look cool, you fraud. This is definitely the type of place Jessa would spend too much time arguing that you can't really "get" The Clash if you're not from West London.