This gothic Bushwick cocktail bar takes its name (and indie spirit) from a onetime beatnik joint, Cafe Bizarre, in Greenwich Village. Victorian lamps and chandeliers lend the room a sepulchral dimness, while projectors screen experimental films on bare brick walls. A row of eight taps—ornamented with a grinning skull—pour brews both German (Köstritzer) and American (Left Hand Milk Stout). Drinkers in search of a stiffer slug can order classic cocktails (like an Old Overholt Rye Manhattan) or original tipples, including the Naked Susie (cognac, dry vermouth, pomegranate juice, chai tea and simple syrup) and the Abominable Snow Man (rum, curaçao, honey, whole egg). Head downstairs to the basement stage to catch burlesque performers, bands and art shows.
12 Jefferson St
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Bushwick Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 4pm–2am, Sat noon–4am, Sun noon–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: J, Z, M to Myrtle Ave|
|Price:||Average cocktail: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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Bizarre is an experience. I live nearby, so it's usually where my friends and I go for one more drink at the end of the night. And we always end up staying till 4am. The first time I went, there was a burlesque show going on, and I don't know how to describe it other than to say that it was dirty Bushwick burlesque, in a good but very weird way. Not like the clean cut burlesque you would find in Manhattan. But Bizarre always has something fun going on, and the atmosphere is great. People actually dance there, and the vibe is really comfortable. I hope Bizarre never changes.