Just in time for brisk fall nights comes Chestnut Bar, a cozy new addition to the Caroll Gardens locavore restaurant, Chestnut, with a formidable wine list and complementary bowls of homemade caramel corn. Like the food next door, the tiny exposed brick space is rustic and simple, with old ceiling tiles from an Atlantic Avenue antique store lining the base of the bar, a chandelier with lamps made out of glass tea cups, and a rolling library ladder for reaching loftier stock behind the bar. The drinks are still coming together, but for now you can order wines by the bottle and glass from the restaurant's lengthy list, or from their cocktail menu, featuring excellent Dark and Stormies ($9) made with syrupy Goslings rum to offset the ginger beer, and their signature Brooklyn, an equal parts concoction of Sazerac rye, bitters and sweet vermouth. Most of the room was waiting for a table in Chestnut on a recent Friday night, but the restaurant's full menu, including small plates like buckwheat crepes (made with gravlox and crème fraiche; $11), is also available in the bar (as is their well-loved $30 pre fixe menu on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Add a wine flight special on Thursdays, that caramel corn (it's so good) and Chestnut Bar is its own desintation.
271 Smith St.