Things to do in Williamsburg: Bowling, brewery tours and beyond

Find things to do in Williamsburg, whether you’re an indie-film fan, a craft beer geek or a local-history buff.



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What Williamsburg lacks in major museums and attractions, it makes up for in idiosyncratic institutions. In addition to shopping, eating and drinking, popular things to do in the nabe include checking out quirky displays at City Reliquary Museum, tastings at the Brooklyn Brewery, catching an art-house flick (with in-seat dining) at Nitehawk Cinema and bowling at Brooklyn Bowl.

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Brooklyn Bowl

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This bowling alley and live music venue fully embraces the new mania for local nostalgia. The space takes its design cues from Coney Island with old freak-show posters and carnival-game relics, and all of the beer sold inside—by Sixpoint, Kelso and the Brooklyn Brewery—is made in the borough.

  1. 61 Wythe Ave, (at North 11th St)
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Brooklyn Brewery

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Williamsburg's craft-beer facility offers reservation-only small batch brewery tours (Mon–Thu 5–7pm; $8) and free general tours on Saturday and Sunday (see website for details). You can also sample suds in the tasting room.

  1. 79 North 11th St, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave)
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City Reliquary Museum

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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, as well as permanent exhibits on the history of burlesque in NYC and the 1939 World's Fair. The museum is also an active presence in the community,

  1. 370 Metropolitan Ave, (at Havemeyer St)
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Nitehawk Cinema

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This Brooklyn venue screens new indie releases and has a robust retro program. Each individual theater has full-service meals, plus there is a lobby bar and a downstairs café that stays open late.

  1. 136 Metropolitan Ave, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave), 11249
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3rd Ward

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Since it opened in 2006, 3rd Ward has established itself as one of the city’s most vital spaces, acting as a hub for Brooklyn’s artistic community. Anyone who becomes a member can take advantage of the photo studios and other facilities, or indulge in classes (like furniture design and

  1. 195 Morgan Ave, (between Meadow and Stagg Sts)
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