Nightlife and Entertainment in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is massive — more than twice as large Manhattan — so you can imagine that the nightlife possibilities are nearly endless, especially as more young people move into neighborhoods all over the borough. Here is a little taste of the diversity of venues you can see across the bridge.

House of Yes

If you’re looking for a truly unique night out, look no further than House of Yes. This Bushwick establishment is known for being highly inclusive and artsy, and for hosting wild parties with extravagant themes that encourage you to dress up in your most glittery, eye-catching outfit. This venue frequently features aerial performances, pony shows, group hallucinations and all kinds of other out-there events. They promise the ability to express full creativity and diversity. For a one-of-a-kind Brooklyn experience, House of Yes is ideal.

• 2 Wyckoff Ave.

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl is a massive venue that is part bar, part bowling alley and part live music venue, all of which are easily accessible on the same night. They have quickly become one of the top venues for slightly more well-known Brooklyn favorites, so if you’re looking to get in on the hip Brooklyn music scene, this Williamsburg establishment is the perfect place. If you’re just looking to bowl, make sure to check the schedule — if there’s a show that night, you’ll have to buy tickets to get in.

• 61 Wythe Ave.

Royal Palms

This out of the way Gowanus bar is meant to emulate a beachy, carefree Florida terrace bar. Decorated with palm trees, patio furniture and a taco truck, and featuring scores of shuffleboard lanes, this bar gives you something to do besides just standing around with a drink (of course, you’re welcome to do that too). They also have large versions of Jenga and other board games if you’re too late to get in on the shuffleboard action.

514 Union St.


This bar/arcade is a vintage gamer’s dream. This bar is chock full of all of the old, classic arcade games, from Pac-Man and Asteroids to Donkey Kong and Zelda. You’ll find lots to keep you entertained. They also feature an impressive and ever-rotating list of craft beers on tap to keep you hydrated between games.

388 Union Ave.

Baby’s All Right

Baby’s All Right is another hot spot for live music. It features both local, underground bands and some bigger names in the hipster music scene. This intimate venue gets you up close and personal to the live acts and often even hosts free shows. They’ve also got some decent Asian-inspired food and awesome vegan options.

• 146 Broadway.

Live music nightlife in Brooklyn

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Union Hall

Union Hall lies right in the heart of Park Slope and has a little something for everyone. Up front, there are couches and armchairs surrounded by books for those looking to just chill (if you can get a seat), while in the back there’s a bocce ball lane and more seating. The basement of Union Hall features all kinds of events. From a 90s dance night to comedy shows to karaoke, there’s always something going on. You basically can’t go wrong with this top-notch bar.

• 702 Union St.

Brooklyn is home to all kinds of amazing, quirky nightlife options, and can truly take your New York experience from ordinary to extraordinary. While it might seem a bit of a trek just for a bar, it will be a night you’ll never forget.

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