Single-Malt Scotch Anyone: Welcome to Aging Hipster Heaven

Let's face it: Williamsburg folks deserve even more options when it comes to places to drink. Luckily, Sean O'Rourke and friends have rushed to their rescue, opening a cozy pub just off the Graham Avenue stop. Being an Englishman of Irish descent, O'Rourke knows a thing or two about adaptability and clearly understands the importance of a warm, inviting drinking atmosphere. Like the Pencil Factory in Greenpoint (which O'Rourke co-owns), almost every inch of Harefield Road is covered with wood, and the large, cavernous space is mostly lit by votive candles and dimmed sconces. It's the kind of place where bookish-looking thirtysomethings squint at the large chalkboard behind the bar, inquire about unusual beers like Radeberger ($5), and are offered a taste before purchasing. Bearded men—many resembling some of Christ's disciples—sip glasses of wine (Pepperwood Cabernet, $7) or single-malt Scotch (Bowmore, $7) and discuss nothing much at all, yet nod earnestly. The bartenders make sure the music level is conducive to conversation, and know they can't lose when playing the likes of Neil Young, Bowie, and Radiohead. Is this aging-hipster heaven? That's one way of looking at it.

 
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