Over the past few years, Brooklyn has become the unofficial culture capital of New York City. People are relocating and visiting the area at record rates. In order to accommodate a wide range of customers with niche interests, new, adventurous restaurants and bars are sprouting up all over the place. As a way to stand out in a crowded nightlife scene where every watering hole seems to differ only in name, a few Brooklyn bars have adopted uncommon themes and ideas that set them apart.
Brooklyn Bars with Themes that are Worth Checking Out
Gotham City Lounge
Comic book fans, rejoice! Hidden beneath the tracks of the M train, this Bushwick establishment is draped in superhero memorabilia from wall-to-wall, not to mention the drinks are super cheap. Where else can you get a PBR and a shot of whiskey for just three dollars? Thumb through a few of your favorite childhood comic books while enjoying one of their many superhero themed drinks. Gotham City Lounge is hard to miss, just look for the huge Batman mural.
Red Hook Bait & Tackle
Named after the neighborhood where it’s located, Red Hook Bait & Tackle was once a daily hub for fisherman looking to load up on the day’s supplies. Nowadays, fisherman are still regulars, but a whole new wave of clientele have started to frequent this fishing themed pub. When you walk in, you’ll be greeted with decorations ranging from poles, buoys, bait, and plenty of taxidermy. Don’t let the big stuffed black bear fool you, this is hands-down one of the best places to drink in the area.
In Downtown Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl stands out as one of the most popular musical venues in the area. As its name suggests, there is a full-scale bowling alley, as well as a restaurant and bar. Play a few frames and have some frozen margaritas or Blue Ribbon fried chicken delivered right to your lane. Perfect for hangouts and large groups, Brooklyn Bowl also hosts some of the best up-and-coming artists out there right now. Come on a Thursday night and check out DJ ?uestlove’s weekly residency.
A little taste of Canada in the heart of Williamsburg, Ontario Bar will make any visiting Northerner feel at home. Snack on some ketchup-flavored potato chips between sips of Molson. The drinks at this bar are always inexpensive. In addition to Molson, there have Labatt Blue, Moosehead, and ten varieties of Canadian whiskey. This place will have you singing “O Canada” by the end of the night.
This Carroll Gardens tiki bar paradise is straight out of the Pacific. Adorned with Polynesian décor and bamboo, this island themed locale is serving up tasty drinks like mai tais, the Gilligan, which is vodka, rum and orange juice. Be sure to try their signature Scorpion Bowl or Frozen Zombie, which is meant to be split between four people. Zombie Hut is as close as you’ll get to a tropical vacation without leaving Brooklyn.