Before NYC cocktail legend Allen Katz opened New York Distilling Company, there was only one other bar in the country where you could drink cocktails next to where the booze was made, and it was in Boise, Idaho. The Shanty is essential Williamsburg: brick walls, intimate candlelight, a killer playlist and impeccable drinks. THE DRINK TO DRINK: Anything featuring NYDC’s gins (the floral Dorothy Parker, the contemporary Chief Gowanus, or the flammable Perry’s Tot). The Acerbic Mrs. Parker refreshes with gin, lemon juice, hibiscus syrup and orange liqueur. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Dog-friendly distillery tours on Sunday afternoons and stand-up comedy on Tuesday nights—both free
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