Williamsburg Neighborhood Guide
A snapshot of all there is to do in the borough built for 2.6 million.
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A hundred beer taps, 6,000 square feet, and housemade bratwurst: enough said. Pick a communal table and celebrate any season, German-style. Great for open-air day drinking in the summer, brick fireplace boozing in the winter, and oh-so-soft pretzels all year long.33 Nassau Ave.
Pop over the bridge to this sustainable-meets-sexy conscious fashion mecca. Reformation’s limited-edition collections use eco-textiles, repurposed vintage, and rescued fashion house fabrics. Designed, manufactured, and sold in the U.S.A.156 Ludlow St.
Just a few blocks north, cross over into Greenpoint, where Peter Pan has been serving up some of the city’s best donuts since the 1950s. Countertop seats and milkshakes keep the nostalgia coming.727 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn’s most famous microbrewery is right outside your door. Open since 1988, Brooklyn Brewery offers behind-the-scenes tours and a communal tasting room. Check their site for hours and reservations.79 North 11th St.
Spoonbill & Sugartown
Peruse the shelves of this cozy independent book nook. Spoonbill & Sugartown boasts a carefully curated and impressive collection of art and design books along with bestsellers and local zines.218 Bedford Ave.
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Ever see the movie Empire Records? Rough Trade, NYC'S largest record store, is even better. Get meticulously curated vinyl, affordable live music ($12-$15/ticket), and cheap drinks under one 15,000-square-foot roof at this venerable music mecca.64 North 9th St.
The only movie theatre with in-chair booze and food service in all of Brooklyn, Nitehawk Cinema turns a night at the movies into a night on the town.136 Metropolitan Ave.
St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club
Head to another era at this funky French supper club. St. Mazie hosts live music on the regular (think jazz and flamenco), an outdoor space when the season is right, and a cavernous restaurant with loads of charm on the lower level.345 Grand St.
Maison Premier boasts oysters aplenty and a signature absinthe fountain in an endearingly old-school New Orleans atmosphere. Enjoy the garden in the warmer seasons. Good to know: arrive early for the dollar-a-shuck oyster happy hour.298 Bedford Ave.
You know what Williamsburg is great at? Mixing all of life's pleasures in one glorious space. Brooklyn Bowl has 16 high-tech alleys, delicious bites courtesy of Blue Ribbon, live music, guest DJs from your favorite bands, and a giant dance floor for gettin' down.61 Wythe Ave.