New York City-Williamsburg
May 11, 2018
Pinkerton is the new Wiliamsburg venture from New Yorker scribe Thomas Hudson, who’s written for The New Yorker and The Times. You’d expect any hack worth his salt to know his booze, and Hudson has successfully channelled his love of wine into this hip, idiosyncratic bar. Sitting on the corner of a residential block, the vibe is laid-back, neighbourhood bar, and it offers a pleasing refuge from the more hectic watering-holes of Williamsburg’s busier streets. The interior hasn’t changed much since the space was known as N6. A combination of dark wood and candles creates a cosy ambience, with vintage stools and black and white tiles adding to the rustic feel. It’s simple but effective, but no-one’s really here for the decor anyway – this place is more about what’s in your glass than on the walls. The emphasis is on New World wines and affordability. There’s a well chosen range of wines by the glass, most from the US or Australia, full-flavoured exuberant wines. If you’re not a wine drinker they also stock a range of interesting craft beers and micro brews. A few tasty nibbles are available in the form of small plates. The bar takes its name from a Weezer album and attracts a fittingly mixed, arty crowd. A similarly eclectic mix of country, bluegrass, indie-pop, blues and rock comes from the bartender’s iPod all kept at a volume conducive to good conversation. In warmer weather drinkers can spill out onto the sidewalk patio, glasses in hand.