Lavender Lake

Pub in Brooklyn: Park Slope, Gowanus & Sunset Park

This little gem of a bar – named after the old local nickname for the colorfully polluted Gowanus Canal – is set in a former horse stable and serves carefully selected craft beers and a few seasonal cocktails, which include ingredients such as jalapeño-infused tequila. The light-strewn garden is a brilliant summery spot. There's good food, too (mains $11 to $23).