While the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn is more often than not linked with the not-so-underground hipsters movement, like it or not the hipsters have branched out into other areas-including Greenpoint’s exploding nightlife scene. But there are enough bars throughout the various Brooklyn neighborhoods that cater to both hipsters and non-hipsters alike. Needless to say, the five best bars in Brooklyn embody what is diverse, unique, and even funky about the culture of this little piece of New York City.
Brooklyn Brewery: The Brooklyn Brewery (79 N 11th Street) has been declared by CBS New York as one of “The 5 Best Brooklyn Bars” and one of Matador Network’s “10 Best Bars in Williamsburg.” Interestingly enough, this is one of a few places around that use a beer “token” system for drinks. But if it’s beer you crave, this is the joint. You’re bound to run into hipsters and non-hipsters alike as you down one of their 300 frothy suds while sitting at an unpretentious long wooden picnic table playing board games.
Barcade: Barcade (388 Union Avenue) also made the cut as one of CBS New York’s “5 Best Brooklyn Bars” and Matador Network’s “10 Best Bars in Williamsburg.” The first time you walk in you may be confused: Is it a bar? Is it an arcade? Well, it’s both! You may trip over some of the more geeky hipsters here since Barcade (get it – “Bar” and “Arcade”) has strived to stay true to vintage video games, sporting 30 of them, such as Donkey Kong, DigDug, Asteroids, and Frogger. To take the edge off blasting aliens or destroying chomping on power pellets, you’ll have your choice of over 25 beers on tap. Be sure to get your change in quarters.
Palace Café: The Palace Café (206 Nassau Ave.) made the list of both “Best Greenpoint Nightlife” by Citysearch.com and “Ten Best Bars in Brooklyn” by the Village Voice. While known as a head-banging, flag-waving, “metal bar,” the Palace is also known as the “lone Irish holdout in Greenpoint.” Besides a strange fascination with boxed wine, the favorite of locals here leans towards Killian's Red and Led Zeppelin.
The Brooklyn Inn: Voted one of the “Ten Best Bars in Brooklyn,” by The Village Voice, and one of New York Magazine’s “Best Brooklyn Bars,” The Brooklyn Inn (148 Hoyt Street), in Boerum Hill, is housed in an ornate Victorian-style edifice that embodies both the cool and the un-cool of 1890s Brooklyn. The high ceiling and huge arched windows add to the Gothic exterior, luring newcomers on a nightly basis during the 10:30 surge.
The Diamond: The Diamond (43 Franklin St.) in Greenpoint has been christened “Best Beer Bar,” byThe L Magazine and “Best Greenpoint Nightlife” by Citysearch.com. This low-key beer bar, which has it’s share of regulars huddling around the cool, half-circle bar or in the airy backyard, is known for pushing lighter "session beers," such as Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted, that will keep you from falling face-first onto the shuffleboard court or throwing one of the quoits’ rubber-rings through a window. But don’t worry: they have all the good domestic and Belgian beers on draft too. Since the bar is named after “Diamond” David Lee Roth of Van Halen, chances are you’ll find a hipster-free zone.