If you're looking for a place to drink in Gowanus, Lavender Lake is our favorite outdoor option, and Pig Beach is great for big groups - but if you want something a little less crowded in the neighborhood, try Givers and Takers. It’s just a long, plain-looking space with a bar and some small tables, and there’s a little porch in back with three big round tables. It’s like the tiny backyard that you don’t have, and it’s perfect for when you want to drink a glass of wine and talk about the weather, what you’ve been reading, or just birds in general.
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Kittery is a Maine-themed restaurant in Carroll Gardens where they put lobster on their signature burger and have Happy Hour everyday.
If you’re in Gowanus, and you need a normal bar that’s just a little nicer than a dive, go to Halyards. There’s a pool table and occasionally a DJ.
Littleneck is a seafood place in Gowanus that looks like a clam shack you’d find on Cape Cod.
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Claro is a great Oaxacan-inspired restaurant that’s even better when you’re sitting in the backyard.
Lavender Lake could get away with being a just great bar with a large outdoor patio. However, it scores extra points from us for putting some care into curating a small but solid selection of bar snacks and entree sized plates.
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Royal Palms is a great place to day drink while also doing an “activity.”
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