Stretching west from the East River to Newtown Creek, which forms the border with Queens, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is bounded by Greenpoint to the north and Bedford-Stuyvesant to the south; the dividing line between neighboring Bushwick to the southeast is a little fuzzy. Williamsburg is served by the G, J, M, Z and L subway lines—the latter stops at restaurant and retail hub Bedford Avenue.
You can also drive, cycle or walk over the Williamsburg Bridge from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The East River Ferry operates a service connecting North and South Williamsburg with downtown and midtown Manhattan, Greenpoint and Dumbo in Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens.
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Subway stops: G to Lorimer St, Metropolitan Ave, Broadway; J, M, Z to Marcy Ave, Hewes St, Lorimer St; L to Bedford Ave, Lorimer St, Graham Ave, Grand St.
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With four floors—one of which is a rooftop patio—Tonic East is equipped to handle any large party or event. The vast space, plus the 60-plus TVs scattered throughout the bar, makes it a popular spot for watching NFL, NHL and college football games. The extended happy hour—from 11am to 10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 11am to 8pm Thursday and Friday—doesn’t hurt either. Order from the happy hour menu to score select cocktails for $6 and a few beers for $5, or spring for a full-price option with some of the premium beers on tap, like Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA or Schofferhofer Grapefruit. Any good game watch requires munchies. The loaded tater tots with bacon, cheddar, sour cream and scallions ($10) or wings with buffalo, barbecue or sriracha sauce (ten for $12) might fit the bill.
Venue says: “Happy Hour Sunday-Wednesday 11am-10pm. Thursday-Friday 11am-8pm”