Best Bar Atmosphere (2008)

Boat

Faux-sophisticated track lighting sheds a subtle red, orange, and green glow that provides, as my roommate Ted explains, "the perfect dimness. Everyone looks pretty fucking attractive." Although this dive-plus, which opened in May, draws the youngest clientele (mostly postcollegiate) of the burgeoning, slightly fancy Smith Street scene—so pardon the exposed-brick interior—Boat's real lure is the comfy seating area in back, where it is shockingly possible to nestle into a red vinyl booth for the night. Escape the snafu while enjoying the jukebox, which offers solid good shit like the Nuggets compilation, Love, the Jam, Roy Orbison, and two indispensable tracks, Beck's never-not-funny "Debra" and Sonic Youth's cover of the Carpenters' "Superstar."

Location Details

175 Smith St.
Brooklyn NY 11201
718-254-0607