Pleasant, established, comfortable Anglo/Irish pub on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. Good tap beer selections, and numerous bottle choices as well. Pub grub too. Sit at the window and look out at the strollers.
Yeah, I know its dark, but this is the lighting in true form. The hushed atmosphere is one of DOC's best features beyond the amazing Italian Wine selection and Italian tapas selection. The darkness was broken table by table by a single candle flicker exposing the dark weathered woodwork that hovered around us. Leaning towards the center of the table to help send my whisper to Yuki's ear my hand will involuntarily grab the stem of the wine glass and chase my mouth back to my sitting up straight position. The bottles contents need great attention paid to pay respects to the years of knowledge in every sip. The neighborhoody feel gains its strength with the freindliness of owners and staff. My favorite Wine Bar, by a steep margin.
I have been tidying up my bar discoveries lately and stumbled into this establishment to see what kind of punch there menu packed. I was floored, (not cause of alcohol) by their selection of imports and domestic micro-brewery selection. Every country that makes or tries to make a beer, it ends up on Mugs' menu. Theres a backyard area for those who order a little food to go with those delicious brews. The interior is that old pub style where the focus lyes on the drink to be had.
Dress Code: They got Dunkles from Germany, thats the dark .05 liters,
Go to their attached website and look at their menu, its aweinspiring.
The Lucky Cat is Williamsburg's very first real coffeehouse/lounge, in the bohemian sense of the word (ie--cavernous dark space, couches, literary events, live music, books, art everywhere, etc. etc.
Still a somewhat hidden treasure, many locals come in not knowing what to expect. The hours are extensive--coffeehouse during the day, club/lounge at night.
Amazing live music--everything from accoustic songwriters to punk rock Saturdays...
Lucky Cat has a full bar with one of the best cocktail menus this side of the East River (without the insane Manhattan prices).
Dress Code: Anything! Sometimes on weekends there are parties and special events, but still::: anything! Great vibe here--no pretentious ***.
I have given the best examples of night life in Williamsburg, but find your own spot, you'll like it that much more. there is something for everyone; be it Rockabilly, Reggae, Electronica, or my favorite: a well stocked jukebox. There is plenty to do, but be fearless in your attempt to have fun...you will earn the respect that will get you into the harder to find places. It's also always good to either be, or be with, a few hot girls.
Usually a lot of fun. It gets pretty crowded late night weekends. Closes at 4 AM. Classics are spun all night. 70's, 80's, Dub, Hip Hop... no electronica.
Dress Code: No dress code. You're gonna put your jackets and purses down to dance anyway.
The burg has a plethora of personality when it comes to the nightlife. Black Betty's on North 3rd and Metropolitan has great live music on Monday nights. El Teddy's on Berry and North 8th is a great place to get a bite to eat and a drink for a late lunch/early supper. The Ale House across the street is a great place to just get bombed. All in all you can just find your own trouble in this part of town.
Dress Code: Casual chic: a.k.a. chuck taylor's, plaid pants, green tee's with the sleeves cut off, leather jacket and a mesh baseball cap. The way your mom used to dress you back in the early 80's.
One of the few bars in Williamsburg that is NOT packed on the weekends. Great decor--dark with green chandeliers, old coaches, sometimes live DJs. It's off the beaten path--the second stop on the L train.
Dress Code: Whatever!