New Williamsburg bar Thompson Brooke boasts CBD-cocktails and literary chops

If you haven’t yet, head to Thompson Brooke, a New England-themed bar and restaurant that opened about six months ago on Grand Street, between Leonard Street and Manhattan Avenue. It’s clean and cozy, with a handful of tables and ample bar space, where craft cocktails and a substantial oyster menu is the name of the game (as well as a full dinner menu).

The bar’s Heart Lashing Old Fashioned with bourbon, coffee-infused maple syrup, coffee bitters is a satisfying wintertime elbow bender ($12), as is their boozy, CBD-infused hot chocolate.

But what sets Thompson Brooke apart from the other cocktail and oyster spots in the neighborhood (and there are quite a few others, really), is its Pour Writer events.
Every couple weeks, owner Brooke Costello puts a local author behind the bar to mix drinks in a welcome new take on the well worn coffee-house book signing.

This week, the literary guest bartender is artist and writer Sarah Trigg, author of “Studio Life,” which “goes behind the scenes into the life of the artist in their natural habitat.”

She’ll be holding down the fort, with the aid of an experienced bartender, January 16th from 9pm to 11pm.

Even the illiterate will enjoy the $1 oysters. Try a signature cocktail like Reef Knot G&T (with gin, green tea coriander syrup, salers, tonic) or the Mainsheet Mule (bisongrass vodka, ginger, lime, velvet falernum, soda) while you’re at it. Both are $12.

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