I love TROOST because it’s a classic neighborhood bar. Everything about it represents the character of Greenpoint – once a working-class Brooklyn neighborhood, now a haven for hipsters seeking refuge from their office jobs in Manhattan.
Its warm and welcoming vibe is welcome year-round, but especially during the colder months. No matter the season, everything from the friendly bartenders to the weathered floorboards that creek to the cozy backyard garden make it the perfect spot to grab a coffee or a cocktail. During the day, it’s a comfy coffee shop where locals bring their laptops to enjoy a cup of La Colombe coffee and free Wi-Fi. At night, the internet is switched off, the lights are dimmed, and the spot becomes a low-key cocktail bar. Don’t miss my favorite, the gin and tonic, a classic with a twist: It’s made with Hendrick’s gin, Tomr’s tonic, club soda, and cucumber.
Special tip: TROOST is a great spot to catch live performances by local Brooklyn bands. One of my favorite nights here was listening to an all-percussion band that did covers of Stevie Nicks’ greatest hits with Daniela D’Avanzo, a spotter visiting from Rome.