The Richardson

Day Drinking

The Richardson

New York City-Williamsburg

4.2 / 5 1 / 5

May 11, 2018

Friendly craft cocktail spot in a quiet corner of Williamsburg with an old-time feel and extensive whiskey selection.

Located on a quiet corner between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, The Richardson hits all the marks for a comfortable, non-pretentious pre-Prohibition cocktail spot. Wood floors, gaslight-style lamps, ornate wallpaper and a darkened interior gives the impression Boss Tweed or P.T. Barnum must have bent elbows here alongside whatever street gang ruled the roost. The talented bar staff is friendly and experienced, very helpful for first timers to speakeasy-style spots (though the big picture windows at this corner spot means it’s in no way a neo-speakeasy — they classify themselves as a “proper American bar”). The back bar boasts an extensive bourbon, rye and Scotch whiskey selection at reasonable prices. Those seeking out the holy grail (Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve), along with other rare/vintage whiskey releases, will generally have good luck here. In addition to classic cocktails people have grown to know and love (Old Fashioned, French 75), you’ll also find a few that are slightly more obscure: A Jack Rose features New York state apple brandy, housemade grenadine and fresh lime juice, while The Blinker involves rye, grenadine and fresh grapefruit juice. Signature drinks are currently a whimsical mash-up of Tiki and classic. The Brooklyn Bloody Knuckles includes three kinds of rum, fresh lime and pineapple juice, grenadine and both Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters).

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