The following article was originally published on on 9/22/17.

Hanging out in Brooklyn, looking for a hip bar for a drink? Look no further. Check out this list of the hippest bars in town.

Prospect Heights

Nestled among brownstones and cultural attractions such as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Museum, the many bars and restaurants in Prospect Heights attract crowds. Here are a few stops to whet the appetite.

  • Erv’s on Beekman delivers creative drinks in a cozy atmosphere near the Prospect Park Q stop.
  • Hot Bird offers picnic tables and a fire pit and took the year’s honor as best bar for a first date.
  • The Bearded Lady employs one of the best bartenders in the area and builds custom drinks around specific flavor profiles.
  • If pinball is your thing, check out Sharlene’s offering a great beer menu and a bunch of pinball machines for entertainment.


Another popular Brooklyn area, Williamsburg sits across the East River from Manhattan. Being one of the hippest areas full of chic boutiques, trendy cafes, and plenty of bars, Williamsburg offers an exciting nightlife scene. Trendy bars include the following spots.

  • Westlight sits atop the William Vale Hotel, offering great drinks and magnificent views of across the river.
  • Fresh Kills Bar, considered one of the best bars around, serves excellent cocktails in a relaxing and unpretentious environment.
  • Looking for a late-night snack to go with that drink? Check out Extra Fancy, which serves food until 2:30 a.m.
  • For a change of scenery, try Skinny Dennis. This is a honky-tonk-themed dive bar with cheap beer and the occasional live band.

Brooklyn Heights

The unrivaled views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty attract visitors to Brooklyn Heights. But don’t worry, bars and restaurants occupy these tree-lined streets too. Let’s begin our list with a trip back in time.

  • Le Boudoir takes you back to the days of the speakeasy. Enter the restaurant, push open the bookcase, and descend into a time warp bar inspired by Marie Antoinette’s French boudoir.
  • The Dining Room in downtown Brooklyn offers great specials such as Tequila Tuesdays and Whiskey Wednesdays.
  • Livingston Manor hosts New York trivia nights every other Monday, and winning teams get a $35 bar tab. This bar also serves a wide selection of craft beers.
  • The Alibi, considered the best dive bar by L Magazine, lies in the nearby neighborhood of Fort Greene. Don’t let the old regulars scare you off. This hip bar has been on the scene a long time.
  • Also in Fort Greene, the Mayflower looks like a page out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel with men in coattails and women in drop-waist dresses. The Manhattan cocktail is famous in this small, cozy bar.

Known for its hipster attitude, Brooklyn is also the most populous of the New York City boroughs. Naturally, it offers plenty of bars and restaurants. Summer is the busiest time of year, but if you don’t mind a chill in the air, try wintertime when hotel rooms come at a discount. There’s no bad time to visit Brooklyn, though, so pick your season and come visit.