New York

Williamsburg’s Ba’sik looks like just what it is: one of many rustic industrial-chic Brooklyn bars. But, that's what gives the place, from Gallery Bar and The Breslin veterans, its appeal (the name is pronounced 'basic,' after all). Cocktails are strong and fun, with a ‘Sunrise Over Inverted Spine’ succeeding in the magical mixture of tequila and Fernet Branca with ginger, turmeric and spicy bitters. The menu of unfussy American bar bites like cheese dogs and mac & cheese gestures to the comfortable atmosphere here. Don’t miss the opportunity to take those snacks out into the spacious backyard, lined with wood, benches and the odd hanging plant: it’s an ideal spot for groups.