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Craft Spirits Made in Brooklyn: New York Distilling Company and The Shanty Bar

The New York Distilling Company specializes in craft gin and rye whiskey.
New York Distilling Company specializes in craft gin and rye whiskey.

On a recent bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, I forced myself out of my toasty apartment, dressed my hound in his finest sweater and headed to New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg (79 Richardson St.), where they open their doors not only to people but to the dogs of North Brooklyn for an afternoon of spirits and fun. Fittingly enough, the distillery opened in 2011 on the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. We sure are grateful that we don’t have to hide our booze anymore and can openly imbibe in the comfort of their intimate attached bar, The Shanty.

The Shanty offers a cozy place to enjoy the spirits produced in-house as well as a full service bar.
The Shanty offers a cozy place to enjoy the spirits produced in-house as well as a full-service bar.

Coziness is the ideal against which I tend to judge all establishments, and this bar definitely met my expectations. The dark wood is complimented by the glow of soft lighting, a wall of liquor bottles reflecting back the warmth. Although I didn’t receive a particularly warm greeting from the bartender, he did treat each cocktail with care. With hands still half-frozen from the early arrival of winter in New York, I was delighted to see a hot toddy on the menu. It was subtly satisfying, if lacking a bit in the honey department, and presented with star anise, just like I make it for guests. The Shanty boasts a full bar with reasonably priced cocktails, and are kind enough to include several craft beer options for the beer enthusiasts among us. There are plenty of comfortable seating options, all complete with a view into the distillery where the magic happens. Continue reading

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Dining and Drinking With Your Dog In North Brooklyn

Dogs Drink Free! (Greenpoint Beer & Ale)
Dogs Drink Free! (Greenpoint Beer & Ale)

Surely all of you dog owners out there are familiar with this conundrum: you were away from your four-legged friend all day and he is SO excited to see you. You’re happy to see him too but want to go out and enjoy your awesome neighborhood. While getting ready to leave, you look down to big, sad eyes practically brimming with tears, begging you not to leave again. You are wracked with guilt. If only he could come too! Finding dog-friendly bars and restaurants are a real challenge. There are websites like bringfido.com, but unfortunately the results aren’t always that complete. Yelp has a dog-friendly filter, but I’ve often found it to be inaccurate and have trekked all the way to Williamsburg only to be turned away with my hound, hungry and confused. To help, here is a list of my favorite places to enjoy a night out in North Brooklyn with my own four-legged best friend.

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