Though the neighborhood isn’t known for big clubs, Park Slope has a number of late-night destinations, including one of New York’s hidden gems. For the best nightlife in the area, head for local bars and music venues that host a diverse slate of after-dark diversions from DJ-fueled dance parties to gigs and comedy shows.
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This cozy French bar in Park Slope hosts one of the city's liveliest, most diverse music scenes in its cramped but friendly back room. Separated from the well-stocked front bar by a humble curtain, you might encounter indie rock, progressive jazz, classical chamber music, West African funk, French musette…you name it.
This salon-turned-saloon salutes bygone glamour days—the decor ranges from Aqua Net to helmet-style hair dryers. Nightly DJs provide a loud punk-to-funk soundtrack that makes the pretty young things shake their shags and toss back the free Blue Rinse margarita (tequila, curaçao, lime juice) that comes with a $10 manicure (Wed–Sun). A Brooklyn branch marks the second in New York City, and the seventh in the U.S.
A couple of Irish carpenters-turned-bar-owners hit the 99-cent store to decorate their intentionally kitschy yet plush bar. The lads exposed gorgeous brick walls and appointed the room with leopard-print wallpaper, red-and-black tile floors and plastic palms. Friendly bartenders, weekend DJs, a good m-to-f ratio and funky surroundings elevate this place above the usual local hang.
Upstairs in this bi-level bar, boozers chomp miniburgers and nip at microbrews like Sixpoint in the gentlemen’s-club–style anteroom (decorated with Soviet-era globes, paintings of fez-capped men, fireplaces)—before battling it out on the clay bocce courts. Downstairs, spectators are treated to a rotating roster of live talent, such as blaring bands, comedians and a monthly science night.
Attracting a diverse crowd of fashionable young professionals, Bohemian longtimers and local undergrads, Bar Six is a relaxed bistro that would be welcome in any neighborhood, but its classic charm and international edge seem especially suited for the stylish and creative Greenwich Village. The picturesque French boîte turns out bistro standards, Mediterranean staples and North African cuisine with equal flair. Compared to the generous portion of the popular Mussels Provençale ($14), a small dish of Moroccan Spiced Meatballs ($10) is more subtly alluring, with its delicate coriander perfume and understated drape of spiced yogurt and tomato sauce. The Merguez Sandwich ($14) is a bolder lesson in North African flavors, with funky lamb sausage borne atop a golden nest of sweet caramelized onions and peppers. A swaddle of pita and a luxurious cloak of yogurt gently restrain the flavorful glow of the cinnamon and spice-laced sausage. The hanger steak ($25) is equally noteworthy and well-matched with a rich bordelaise sauce, the winey sweetness balancing the tannic notes of the steak's deeply charred crust. The international fare is easily paired with a thoughtful wine list that draws from across the globe, including the lesser-known wines of Morocco. The Ouled Thaleb white blend ($10 per glass) of Clairette and Faranah grapes, an indigenous variety grown only in Morocco, provides neophytes a gentle introduction to North African wine with its honeyed palate and wild grassiness.
Venue says: “Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm (Discounted Beer, Wine & Snacks)”