The best things to do in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Head to Greenpoint, Brooklyn for everything from raucous beer halls to quaint book shops and other great things to do

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Nestled next to Williamsburg, Greepoint—a Polish immigrant enclave—is hands-down one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Greenpoint, Brooklyn's stunning waterfront views and historic buildings suggest an atmosphere that is comparable to low-key Brooklyn Heights. The nabe is bustling with nightlife, the best bars in NYC, and cool things to do including chilling at some of the best NYC parks, the best bookstores, some of the best eateries and more.

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Things to do in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

McCarren Park

The shared stomping ground between Greenpoint and Williamsburg is not just a massive playing field for competitive North Brooklyn dwellers to mingle with their kickball leagues. The outdoor communal hub has way more to offer. During the warmer-months, cool off at McCarren Park’s massive swimming pool, watch classic ‘90s flicks under the stars during outdoor movie nights and hit up an awesome farmer’s market chock-full of seasonal meats, produce and baked goods.

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WORD

This quaint bibliophiles' hub is one of the best spots to catch a book talk led by up-and-coming authors and illustrators. When the spot is not hosting an abundance of local talents, you can shop for classic novels and more up-to-date titles.

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Spritzenhaus

This massive beer hall—owned by Robert Shamlian (Spitzer's Corner, Fat Baby)—carries over one hundred craft brews, including an assorted cocktail and wine list. (FYI: We recommend ordering the spiked cider during the colder months). Inside the 6,000-square-foot gastropub, there are plenty of wooden tables to accommodate large parties (there are more intimate tables near the marble bar, if you’re out with your crush). Hopped up drinkers can line their bellies with salty snacks, like sausages and pretzels and French fries, from a German-focused menu.

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Bar Matchless

If you’re looking for a pint or a deliciously cheap meal, this local watering hole has everything you need to have a good time. There are large, comfortable booths and plenty of tables for dining; 16 beers on tap; a foosball table; a winding, custom-made copper bar that accommodates couples; even a small gallery that features local musicians.

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Saint Vitus

Hardcore metal fans can give into their vice at this booze den. This Greenpoint drinkery—adorned with all-black walls and dead roses hanging above the bar—stays true to traditional rock & roll dives, but adds a New Brooklyn twist. Rockers make the pilgrimage to satisfy a yearning for Marshall amps and screaming guitar riffs, but when there’s no show in the back room, the front bar serves as a sleek clubhouse for drinkers who prefer Black Sabbath to Lady Gaga as a boozing soundtrack.

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The Gutter Bowling Alley and Bar

Ready to bowl some balls? This addition to the Greenpoint bar scene adds a unique twist—eight bowling lanes. Special events every week (like trivia) help draw in crowds not enticed enough by the combination of alcohol and hurling bulky objects.

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The Moonlight Mile

This one’s for whiskey lovers. Named after a Rolling Stones tune, this brown-spirits temple offers an all-American roster of more than 100 bourbons and ryes, from Kentucky barmen Garry Embry and Jared Schubert. Slugs are available straight or in cocktail form, but the true draw is actually not the booze—it’s the atmosphere. Perfect for date night or a nightcap, the rustic and romanticized bar also hosts weekly events like Industry Night (every Monday), featuring whiskey and beer specials, plus free jukebox.

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Warsaw at the Polish National Home

A long-running staple of the Brooklyn music scene, this faded ballroom with a capacity of 800 hosts relatively few events, and the sound can be indifferent. But the shows that turn up here are frequently well worth the trip. Bonus: you can nosh on kielbasa, bigos and blintzes between headbanging.  

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Archestratus

Chefs-in-training flock to Archestratus for its wide selection of culinary texts from across the globe. Foodie biographies, vintage cookbooks and local works line the shelves, but in case these yummy reads are making your tummy grumble, there’s a cafe in the back that’s stocked with a nice selection of beer, wine, teas, coffee, house-made cookies and savory snacks (we hear the pistachio lace cookie is the bomb). Fun fact: On Thursday nights they host a traditional Sicilian dinner from 7-9pm (first come first served.)

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House of Vans

Opened in late 2010, this 25,000-square-foot former warehouse space now boasts a skate bowl, an outdoor street course and a permanent stage for bands. Its aggressive, impressive alt-rock concert series is bound to make a splash, even in the crowded, hype-heavy Greenpoint scene. R.S.V.P.'s are strictly required.

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