Have you heard? Brooklyn is not merely a brand name, a word signifying le dernier cri in youth culture, it's also a place to live. And that means a place to have a drink. There are dozens of neighbourhoods, each with a particular character, and innumerable pubs, taverns, saloons and lounges in many different flavours. Here are bars old and new for any temper; from highfalutin to homely, tranquil to raucous. A saloon for beachcombers, one for philosophers, bars for scholarly pursuits and musical appreciation, a few for a good old-fashioned shot and a beer, and many more for crackerjack cocktails of the moment. Listed within are 30 distinctive Brooklyn watering holes recommended for the thirsty traveller.