The Dram Shop: A Perfect Score

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The Dram Shop is a romantic date night destination disguised as a sports bar–or is it the other way around? Either way, you and your sweetheart will enjoy an evening at this cozy Brooklyn tavern, whether you’re there to watch the game or simply get lost in each other’s eyes. Dark wood and candelight give it a relaxed, clubby vibe, and a few strategically-placed TVs–but not too many–make it a favorite for both Park Slope locals and visitors from Manhattan. Take your date by the hand and occupy a semi-private booth. True to its name, Dram Shop has an excellent selection of bourbon, rye, Irish, and Scotch whiskeys, so start off with a wee dram as an aperitif before perusing the menu. The smell of deep fried mac ‘n’ cheese will tempt you, but if this is your first visit, get the burger, which is famous in these parts. Made with a secret family recipe that dates back more than 60 years to the Mallow Grocery in Dallas, Texas, it’s one of the juiciest, most flavorful burgers in the city, with frequent appearances on best-of-NYC lists. A burger requires a beer, of course, so pick a pint from one of the two dozen or so brews on tap and enjoy the feast. The sports on TV and the gentle ribbing you give each other might bring out your competitive side, so chalk up your cues and shoot a game of eight ball to stoke your playful rivalries. Pool table’s occupied? Play shuffleboard instead on one of the smoothest, shiniest stand-up shuffleboard tables you’ve ever seen. Between the food, drinks, games, and excellent company, you’ll feel so good that you’ll promise to return again soon … if only to avenge your crushing defeat in shuffleboard.

The Dram Shop

339 9th St NY 11215

(718) 788-1444

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