Of the many Williamsburg Brooklyn bars, only a few have an Irish or Scottish flavor. One of the friendliest is Iona. Named for a historic island where Scottish kings were buried, Iona entices with a rustic Highland charm and celebrates the British pastimes of booze and soccer. At this scruffy watering hole, low-key locals partial to flannel and bike culture mix well with the spirited, seasoned expats at the weathered wooden bar to watch footie on the tele. Choose from a large selection of beers on tap, including the popular Belhaven Scottish Stout ($7) and Old Speckled Hen ($6). To really taste the Gaelic spirit, opt for a Glenfiddich scotch or ask about their scotch special. Watch for performances of live Scottish and Irish music.
189 Grand St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; 718-384-5008; Subway: L to Bedford Ave.; website: http://ionabrooklyn.com
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