Nightlife

In Bushwick, the Party Starts at Midnight

The city may sleep more than it once did (that is: never), but this frolicking Brooklyn neighborhood is always awake.

Wyckoff Beer Garden. / Photo by Sayaka Ueno

If a booty call were a neighborhood, it would be Bushwick. It may be a little unkempt, a little too young, and likely to scare your parents a bit, but none of that matters when you know you can rely on it for at least one thing: to be awake after midnight.

While the rest of Brooklyn is getting ready to call it a night and boo up on the couch postdinner, Bushwick is the place to go to continue your fun. These five neighborhood venues are a few of the exceptionally fine options you can count on most nights of the week. And best of all, they’re more or less walking distance from one another. (Put that $7 you save on Uber toward your next round instead.)

Honey’s 

Located next door to the warehouse–event space known as 99 Scott—near the Vietnamese restaurant Bunker for whenever you’re craving delicious pho—is a sleek and cozy bar called Honey’s. This tasting room for Enlightenment Wines Meadery also hosts private events, pop-ups, and dinner parties, with occasional DJ appearances to set the vibe. Go for one of its farm-fermented meads or a glass of fermented kvass made with Russian black rye bread. 99 Scott Avenue; open until 2 a.m. Sunday–Thursday, 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday

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We’ve come a long way from Tang. / Photo by Rob Kulisek

Jupiter Disco 

About a two-minute walk from Honey’s lies Jupiter Disco, which you’re likely to stroll past and totally miss if you don’t pay attention to the address. A darker, more intimate spot than the former, with dimly lit pink and red neon lights, this bar is like stepping into a scene of Blade Runner or a retro video game console. The only drink menu you’ll get is the one displayed in pixelated text on an outdated analog television, but the bartenders will walk you through their futuristic cocktails if your eyesight is not the greatest. Renowned DJs and dance acts like Juan MacLean and Anna Morgan often pop in for last-minute sets, so keep a bloodshot eye on Jupiter’s calendar. 1237 Flushing Avenue; open until 4 a.m. every night 

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Elsewhere 

An equally short walk from both Honey’s and Jupiter Disco is a bigger nightclub called Elsewhere, which has a great rooftop that’s open during the summer. This multilevel converted warehouse has attracted many big-name artists (Young Fathers, Open Mike Eagle), underground DJs (Project Pablo, Osunlade), and dance parties since it opened and houses four other equally eclectic areas. 599 Johnson Avenue; open until 2 a.m. Sunday–Wednesday, 4 a.m. Thursday–Saturday

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Dromedary Bar

If you prefer your debauchery served out of a golden pineapple, urban tiki joint Dromedary is ready to lei you. It’s decked out in inflatable flamingos and Technicolor murals of Ziggy Stardust, and the surfer dudes sliding Fresno pepper slings and a “lethal” punch bowl will revitalize you for the rest of your late-night bar crawl. No judgment will be made if you stroll in donning your finest Hawaiian florals and Birkenstocks. 266 Irving Avenue; open until 2 a.m. Sunday–Thursday, 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday

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Rose Gold x Cape House 

Underneath Bushwick’s first New England–style clam shack, Cape House, is the neighborhood’s latest hidden-in-plain-sight secret, Rose Gold. The neon-hazed space—with 3-D-printed benches and a black and white–swirled decor—is ideal for grooving to emerging local DJs until you’re ready to call it a night. Or, if you wore out your dancing shoes, you can soak up that late-night booze with fried clam strips back upstairs. 2 Knickerbocker Avenue; open until 4 a.m. every night

Photo by Sayaka Ueno

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