82 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY (@ North 9th St)
The owners of Union Pool and the man behind the cocktails at Diner and Pencil Factory have brought an elegant cocktail spot to the Williamsburg neighborhood. Located on a postcard-pretty stretch of Berry Street, Hotel Delmano is at first stunning – you’d never know it used to be a tattoo parlor. It was never a hotel, and today it’s more like an old-timey palace. With its antique marble bar, leather banquettes, and 20-foot, cloud-painted ceiling, the cocktails more than match the interior: Mixologist Sam Anderson’s lengthy list of libations includes the Devil’s Garden (made from chipotle-infused mezcal), the San Francisco Handshake (thyme-infused gin, St. Germaine, Fernet), and the Rattlesnake (rye whiskey, absinthe, fresh lemon juice and egg white for froth), and even your bartender is dressed the part in a vest and bowler derby hat. Reasonably-sized bar snacks are available (ceviche, chicken liver pâté, a cheese plate) and recommended to cushion the blow of the one-too-many delicious cocktails you are likely to enjoy.
BEN PUNDOLE, FOUNDER, A HOTEL LIFE
“The best bar in New York, unpretentious, great cocktails, incredible oysters and it's in Brooklyn!”