Casual digs and world-class drinks are hard to beat for a group get-together, and that’s just the combination you’ll find at the East Village’s d.b.a., one of New York’s most beloved beer bars. Step through the door and marvel at the chalkboard listing what’s on offer. You’ll find a long line of draft beers, joined by strong ales, barley wines, and over a hundred more brews by the bottle. Or maybe it’s a whiskey night. Impress your crew by navigating a single-malt Scotch list that runs from Speyside to Islay, or sample a selection of bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and even New York. If it gets a bit too intimate inside the wood-paneled bar, head to the backyard, where plastic lawn furniture belies the beauty of the space. Ancient stone walls add character, and a leafy array joins the roof in protecting you from the elements. The scene is primed for kicking back, and the crowd is friendly— with all the “better stuff” on offer, an upbeat scene is only to be expected.