Nightlife guide: Williamsburg
Check your hipster haterade at the door---this 'hood has some of the best party spots in NYC.
Wed Jan 12 2011
Photographs: Seze Devres (sdphotography.net)
It wont cost you a dime to join the shimmying throng at this candlelit bote, tucked underneath the Williamsburg Bridge. There's music till 4am every night, covering the world-music spectrum of Latin, salsa, reggae, Afrobeat, soul et al. Catch Turntables on the Hudon's Nappy G every Wednesday, or make it a weekend triple header with live drumming on Friday, world-music DJs on Saturdays (with members of the Turntables on the Hudson crew making an appearance again) and Body Music on Sunday with DJ Jesse Mann and live bands. 81 South 6th St at Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-387-5389, bembe.us)
If you're rolling deep, this cavernous bowling alley, restaurant and music venue should satisfy all your crew's wants—just get there early, as the line can be killer. In addition to indie and hip-hop shows (the latter a good bet for special guests—were you there for Yeezy's CMJ appearance?), there are plenty of deejayed nights to whip up the dance floor, our favorite being ?uestlove's Thursday-night deep-funk--and-soul hoedown Bowl Train (10:30pm; $7, advance $5). 61 Wythe Ave at North 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com)
The multiroom, industrial space has expanded the live-band programming of former resident Galapagos to include deejayed parties—including NYC's premier, seven-years-and-counting techno night the Bunker (intermittent Fridays 10pm; $20)—and burlesque shows. Monday Night Burlesque (10pm; $10) should help you shake off the start-of-the-week blues, while nights like the free, monthly dubstep night Dark Room (third Saturday of every month 10pm; free) makes it a weekend go-to. 70 North 6th St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-4585, publicassemblynyc.com)
Cameo Gallery, tucked behind Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup Cafe, sprang to life a few year back primarily to play host to bills of up-and-coming indie rockers, booked by local-scene enthusiasts. That's still the case to some extent—but now the space has added DJ-driven events and a wider range of bands to its schedule, in the process becoming a full-blown hub of the city's underground scene. The Rapture recently tossed a record release party there, for instance, as did Nomi Ruiz's combo, Jessica 6; spinners have included stars of the local disco, house, techno and bass-music realms, as well as slumming-it international DJs like Systematic Recordings' Mark Romboy and Comatonse's Terre Thaemlitz. 93 North 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-302-1180, cameony.com)