One of the hippest cocktail bars in one of the hippest neighborhoods in Brooklyn—“the coolest city on the planet,” according to an overheated GQ—is Hotel Delmano on Berry Street in the perpetually trending Williamsburg neighborhood.
Vice Media kingpin Shane Smith (his company makes the Vice news show on HBO) holds forth on his version of the Algonquin Round Table there, and hipsters and aspiring hipsters nightly pack the place in multiples. It features eye-catching décor—“like the way you imagined adulthood would look when you were a ninth grader reading ‘The Great Gatsby,’ said one writer who has the prose style to write for Vice—and serves small plates and Long Island oysters, New Orleans bayou shrimp and Maine crab.
Its international wine list, curated by Alex Alan, contains a sweet and fascinating section about the Republic of Georgia, whose wines it features at the restaurant. About the size of South Carolina, the small democratic republic sits next to the Baltic Sea and in the ominous shadow of Russia. Nevertheless, as the list explains (see inset), Georgia has been making wine “longer than almost anywhere else in the world.” Cheers in Georgian is “Gaumarjos.”
Hotel Delmano is best known for its “fancy cocktails,” judged by one local website to be the best in food- and drink-heavy Williamsburg, which also boasts a big indie music scene. Seasonal cocktails ($12-$13) such as the “One O’Clock Pick Me Up” or “Midnight Society” (Pimm’s No. 1, smoked maple ginger syrup, lime, soda, shaken and served tall) have earned a reputation for not only being hip but good and tasty too.—Staff written, compiled from reports