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Although Bed-Stuy locals have known about Project Parlor for just more than two years, the bar has only recently started to receive attention from those living in Manhattan or packed shoulder to shoulder in dives up in Williamsburg or Greenpoint. About time. Aside from the regular menu, which offers everything from flaming green absinthe to a $6 tallboy-and-shot combo that has both started and ended many a night, Project Parlor offers unbeatable seasonal specialties, like summer’s Guinness float (the perfect accompaniment to their weekly Sunday cook-offs) and winter’s mulled cider (great while throwing darts or conversing on the antique couches inside). Still, the bar’s greatest gift to the otherwise dry neighborhood might be its spacious, picnic-table-lined backyard, a place where you’re likely to overhear conversations discussing everything from last night’s hookups to the works of Jacques Derrida, illuminated in equal parts by neighboring buildings and an inflatable, light-up snowman. Meanwhile, those more interested in dancing than philosophizing can head back inside, where some of the borough’s best local DJs spin. 742 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-497-0550, (11205)

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