Williamsburg Bars and Clubs

You can't flick a Parliament without hitting a bar in this neighborhood; Williamsburg basically IS a bar. But it's not just the dive bars you'd expect from the global headquarters of hipster--the 'Burg is also home to world-class music venues, laid-back cocktail dens, beer gardens and pickup joints where all it takes is a waxed moustache or a neck tat to bag that fauxhemian fox. Below are five of each, plus five spanking new Williamsburg bars for good measure. (Photo: Good Company)

Updated: August 16, 2010

Williamsburg Bars: New Spots


Night of Joy

667 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

With all the antiques and doilies, this bar might look like grandma's living room, but it's filled with tat-covered youngsters sipping great cocktails and has a pool table and a rooftop patio.


Good Company

10 Hope St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Taking over the despised Hope Lounge's incredible space, this bar has a massive outdoor patio loaded with picnic tables, ping-pong and other games, and also has cheap drink specials every night.


Commodore

366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

With its distinctly small-town feel, classic and frozen drinks and killer burgers and fried chicken from a Pies 'n' Thighs alum, this neighborhood bar is packed almost every night.


The Counting Room

44 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Thanks to its airy wine bar upstairs and connoisseur-grade cocktail bar down below, this spot is a sophisticated respite from Williamsburg's scruffy degeneracy.


Dram Bar

177 S. 4th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211

On a dark stretch of South Fourth Street, the warm glow of this lodge-like bar beckons--as do the meticulously muddled and mixed craft cocktails, which come courtesy of top-flight barmen with no pretentious attitude.


Williamsburg Bars: Laid-Back


Larry Lawrence

295 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Impress your friends by walking through an unmarked door on Grand Street into this inconspicuous bar with a polished vibe and a buzzing lofted smoking atrium.


Hotel Delmano

82 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Arguably Williamsburg's most upscale bar, this sexy spot for expert cocktails retains its Brooklyn cred with flawlessly chic vintage decor and an artsy crowd of grown-up imbibers.


Trophy Bar

351 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Beneath the rumbling JMZ trains sits this arty, unpretentious hangout with killer vintage decor, a small backyard and a jukebox that spins old-school 45s.


Sweet Ups

277 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Think of Sweet Ups as a smaller, more laid-back version of its sister bar, Royal Oak, with all of the same vintage charm and less of the skeezy pick-up scene.


Huckleberry Bar

588 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Despite its "aw, shucks" name, this Williamsburg bar's got a slick, modern style and takes old-fashioned as a compliment, especially when it comes to expertly made throwback cocktails.


Williamsburg Bars: Live Music


Pete's Candy Store

709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The shows are always free and the sandwiches always delicious at this small neighborhood spot that features some of the best live music, literature readings and other cultural events in the hood.


Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Looking for the next it-bands before they make it big? This experimental art space in Brooklyn hosts great avant-garde rock shows and some of the biggest parties this side of the East River.


Knitting Factory

361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

In a sign of the times, this legendary Manhattan venue moved to the 'Burg, and is better than ever, with a 200-seat concert area separated from a bar by soundproof glass so you can watch performances even if you don't have a ticket.


Music Hall Of Williamsburg

66 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The big-name acts and local legends like LCD Soundsystem prefer the premium sound system at this large but intimate venue with three bars and a U-shaped balcony.


Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

With two full bars, food from Blue Ribbon and the leather-couch laden lanes, plus a stage where all the best indie acts perform, this may be the coolest place in Williamsburg--or the world.


Williamsburg Bars: Debaucherous Hookup Spots


Union Pool

484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Things you can expect to find at Union Pool seven days a week: hipster fashions on display, cheap PBR, an outdoor patio complete with taco truck, hip indie bands playing in the back room and, of course, ill-advised hook-ups.


Savalas

285 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Sure, the dance floor is small at this south Williamsburg nightspot, but that doesn't bother the crowds who come here to dance the night away on weekends.


East River

97 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Cheap booze, a pool table and a patio attract crowds of locals looking to do some light brain damage at this charmingly unpretentious spot under the Williamsburg bridge.


The Woods

48 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

There's something about this south-side spot--Is it the backyard? The taco truck? The bartenders?--that makes people flock here every night and drink like there's no work tomorrow.


Metropolitan

559 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Whether you're gay, gay today or haven't quite pinned down the gender of the androgynous Billyburger you just met on the L, this gay/straight bar is a solid option.


Williamsburg Bars: Beer Gardens


Spuyten Duyvil

359 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

With an ever-changing selection of around 80 bottled beers and a huge, ivy-draped backyard, this comfortable, worn-in Williamsburg beer bar is a local staple.


Lorely Williamsburg

64 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This restaurant and beer garden, which has a sister in the L.E.S., brings authentic German food and top-notch beers to the Williamsburg/Greenpoint border.


Radegast Hall & Beer Garden

113 N. 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Artists and trendy Billyburgers order sobriety-quashing mugs of dark Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weisse and sparkling Pilsner Urquell at this rowdy south Willy classic.


d.b.a.

113 N 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The backyard ain't much, but the good-beer institution from the East Village has brought the same focus on quality craft beer and brown liquor across the river.


Berry Park

4 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

On a warm night, there is no better place for a beer lover than the roof deck of Berry Park: The huge, raucous space has views of the Manhattan skyline and its own bar with 15 different German beers on tap.