Best late-night spots in Williamsburg
Mon Jan 9 2012
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The Trash Bar
Once a dance-music hub, this kitschy dive now welcomes buzzworthy bands and their enthusiastic followers. You can roll in early—the lineups tend to kick off around 8pm—but the party really shifts into high gear during the later sets, which finish at 1am. If you happen to get there early, take advantage of the free-booze happy hour from 8 to 9pm when you can get beer and well drinks on the house. 256 Grand St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St (718-599-1000, the trashbar.com). Times and prices vary.
There's a different party every night at this unassuming haunt, and the energy is consistently high. DJs spin global tunes—from cumbia and Afro-Latin bass to bhangra and boogaloo—attracting a diverse crowd to the dance floor, which swells as the night progresses. Tireless drummers help keep revelers pumped till the very end. 81 South 6th St at Berry St (718-387-5389, bembe.us). Mon--Thu 7:30pm--3:30am, Fri--Sun 7pm--4am; free.
The Bunker at Public Assembly
DJ Spinoza's monthly bash has been at the forefront of the Brooklyn techno scene for nearly a decade. Each party boasts a stellar lineup of deck wreckers: Derek Plaslaiko, Ron Morelli and Mike Servito have all appeared recently. 70 North 6th St between Kent and Wythe Aves (718-384-4586, beyondbooking.com). Next event: Jan 20 at 10pm; $TBA.
Live music at Cameo Gallery
Secreted away in the back of The Lovin' Cup Cafe, this small, industrial performance space hosts a slew of rising Kings County rockers. Though it's most common for shows to start around 8pm, several excellent parties kick off around midnight. On the third Saturday of every month, you can catch Colin Rogister and a roster of guests playing ambient pop tracks. 93 N 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-302-1180, cameony.com). Sat midnight; $5, with R.S.V.P to firstname.lastname@example.org; $3.