There’s a stool at the counter for the loneliest soul or rowdiest late-night group at the The Pacific Inn Pub, a greasy spoon–cum–neighborhood dive. Beer, flat screens, and a jukebox round it out, but its smell defines it.

Next head over to 35th Street Bistro, where a hot toddy is made all the more satisfying when sipped alongside crisp, garden-laden matchstick fries. Mouthwatering entrees fill the menu board and lights snake around the central indoor tree, brightening the tables and quiet hum of diners digging into roast chicken and one of the juiciest burgers in town.

Fun, dance-party music underscores the metropolitan vibe at Quoin, a tiny craft-cocktail bar attached to Korean street-food restaurant Revel. Stop in for a drink and some dumplings or a deeply flavored noodle dish from next door.

The beer connoisseurs in your clan will get their fill—over 300 varieties of bottled beer, 64 on draught—at oversize Flemish beer hall Brouwer’s, where hovering for a table becomes an art form. Smooth wood tables line the floor and balcony for the jovial crowd bent on a long, loud night.

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