Williamsburg, Brooklyn, guide: The best of the neighborhood

Find the best restaurants, bars, shops attractions and things to do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with our guide to the hipster hub.

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With a diverse demographic that includes prominent Hasidic and Latino communities, semi-industrial Williamsburg, Brooklyn, attracts young—and not-so-young—cool-hunters from all over the city. But it’s not just about hanging out in neo-rustic bars and sporting vintage hats and Amish-esque facial hair—the ’Burg is a serious gastro destination and arty enclave, with a strong DIY spirit.


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Bedford Avenue is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, anchored by the Bedford Mini-Mall (218 Bedford Ave between North 4th and 5th Sts) with its collection of indie merchants, but shops, bars and eateries radiate out in all directions—notable openings in the past few years include Reynard in the Wythe Hotel; the innovative movie-theater-cum-restaurant Nitehawk Cinema; and seasonal epicurean extravaganza Smorgasburg in East River State Park—one of the city's best street fairs. Billyburg’s thriving music scene encompasses numerous local venues, including Music Hall of Williamsburg, Pete's Candy Store and the reincarnation of storied downtown venue the Knitting Factory.


Map of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and travel information

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, map

Stretching west from the East River to Newtown Creek, which forms the border with Queens, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is bounded by Greenpoint to the north and Bedford-Stuyvesant to the south; the dividing line between neighboring Bushwick to the southeast is a little fuzzy. Williamsburg is served by the G, J, M, Z and L subway lines—the latter stops at restaurant and retail hub Bedford Avenue.

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Williamsburg, Brooklyn, events

Twin Peaks Bingo

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Videology 308 Bedford Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11211
  2. Wed Dec 17
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Delicate Steve + Celestial Shore + Jason Bartell

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Glasslands 289 Kent Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11249
  2. Thu Dec 18
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Then She Fell

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 195 Maujer St, between Graham Ave and Humboldt St, 11206
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Sun Dec 28
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Mitski + Bellows + Small Wonder + 100 Watt Horse

  • Price band: 1/4
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  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Thu Dec 18
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Restaurants in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Commodore

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 366 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
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Peter Luger

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 178 Broadway, at Driggs Ave, 11211
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St. Anselm

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 355 Metropolitan Ave, between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts
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Nitehawk Cinema

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 136 Metropolitan Ave, between Berry St and Wythe Ave, 11249
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Bars in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Commodore

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 366 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
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Skinny Dennis

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 152 Metropolitan Ave , at Berry St, 11249
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Union Pool

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
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The Counting Room

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 44 Berry St, at North 11th St, 11211
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Shopping in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Artists & Fleas

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 70 North 7th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
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Mast Brothers Chocolate

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 111 North 3rd St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave, 11211
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10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 285 North 6th St, between Havemeyer St and Meeker Ave, 11211
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Catbird

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 219 Bedford Ave, between North 4th and 5th Sts
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Williamsburg, Brooklyn, clubs and nightlife

Output

  • Critics choice
  1. 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
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Verboten

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
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Union Pool

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
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Brooklyn Bowl

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
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Attractions in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Brewery

  • Price band: 1/4

See how the good stuff is made on a tour of Williamsburg's craft-beer facility, or sample the suds in the onsite tasting room.

  1. 79 North 11th St, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave)
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Brooklyn Bowl

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

At this nostalgic bowling alley and live music venue, you can toss frames, catch a gig and knock back some Brooklyn-brewed beer.

  1. 61 Wythe Ave, (at North 11th St), 11211
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City Reliquary Museum

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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This quirky institution houses all sorts of New York City ephemera, from old postcards featuring the Statue of Liberty to a vintage subway turnstile.

  1. 370 Metropolitan Ave, (at Havemeyer St)
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The Williamsburg Waterfront

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

In addition to hosting some of indie rock's biggest acts, the hipster nexus of East River State Park is the site of Smorgasburg (Saturdays) and the Brooklyn Flea (Sundays) from April through November.

  1. 110 Kent Ave, (at North 8th St)
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Williamsburg Noise
Williamsburg Noise

A great guide on Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There is so much to do. www.williamsburgnoise.com

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