Things to Do in Brooklyn
Drink, Dine, and Discover Williamsburg Like a Local
Minutes from Manhattan and moments to all major NY transport hubs. This is central Williamsburg, in the middle of the action and on the stoop of local hotspots, from hot entertainment to chic culture. Make the most of your time in Brooklyn with our insider's guide to navigating the neighborhood. Uncover obscure art galleries, tuck into local bars and coffee shops, and make your way to live music venues and intimate fitness studios. We let you in on our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and dance.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
A three-story event space with multiple rooms, including a massive ballroom, Music Hall is one of the swankiest venues in Williamsburg. Local musicians can make lasting impressions here, though the venue also books widely recognized artists that can draw serious crowds.
From the masterminds behind Terminal 5 and Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Steel brings in musical acts ranging from rock to folk—and no matter where you’re standing, you’ll enjoy the view. The mezzanine level and raised floor makes it easier for concert-goers to see performing acts.
Perfect for a night of live music and bowling, this Williamsburg venue has 16 bowling lanes, a restaurant, and a concert stage. Performances range from electronic and indie to Elton John tributes and instrumental salsa. Come for the bowling, stay for the music.
Vintage accents and the aroma of fresh-baked breads give Bakeri a warm, homey atmosphere. Head to this North Williamsburg cafe and linger over coffee served in teacups
At the site of the former Domino Sugar Refinery, this 6-acre public park has stellar views of the East River, elevated walkway, a public park playground and the delicious taco stand Tacocina.
Yoga to the people
Yoga to the People makes fitness accessible to everyone. There’s no advanced registration or membership necessary, and class fees are donation only, meaning you pay what you can (although $10 is the suggested price).
East River State Park
The 11-acre state park stretches along the East River near North 7th, 8th and 9th streets, and offers unobstructed views of the Williamsburg Bridge and Midtown Manhattan.
Chef Missy Robin’s second Williamsburg outpost delivers their delicious homemade pasta with every option on her menu. If winning Best New Chef doesn’t convince you, the delicious pasta bowls will.
Artists & flea
One of Brooklyn’s most famous shopping venues is a year-round indoor market that welcomes hundreds of vendors every weekend. The marketplace, founded by husband-and-wife team Ronen Glimer and Amy Abrams, specializes in vintage wares and products from local designers.
Bathhouse is a home for people who strive to look, feel and perform their very best. A bustling oasis to be fundamentally human. A great local spa experience!
Oysters, cocktails, & small plates in a New Orleans-styled setting with an atmospheric garden
This local bar has creative cocktails, great ambiance and with a few cozy booths. Right off Bedford Ave. this place is right in the middle of the action from the streets.