Because of its trendsetting dwellers and creative flare, Brooklyn has become one of the hotspots for new, chic restaurants and great bars in New York. Although I’ve spent some time in most neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Prospect Heights has become one of my favorite neighborhoods for nightlife. While this part of Brooklyn may be well-known for its stunning brownstones, beautiful parks, and classic feel, its nightlife also leaves little to be desired.
Whether you are looking for a great date night, or just want a relaxing weekend with the girls, grab an Airbnb, or better yet an actual Bed and Breakfast, and prepare yourself for a night out on the town.
Keep warm with ramen
Having ramen in the quaint setting of Chuko is a great escape from the cold and an even better reason to enjoy great ramen. For 9-30 USD, you can enjoy a warm, sit-down meal at this cozy stop, which is open every day for lunch and dinner. This popular spot will probably have a wait list, so be prepared to wait for 30 minutes or more. There is not much space inside, so you will more than likely have to wait outside. But do not fear; if it’s cold, there are plenty of options to escape the harsh weather while you wait.
Escape to a hidden speakeasy
While you wait on a table at Chuko, head over to the hidden gem, Weather Up. This dark speakeasy was founded on great cocktails; and it truly is in fashion with the original speakeasies that graced New York during the Prohibition. There are no obvious signs for the bar outside, but you can identify it by a white brick wall with a black door on Vanderbilt Ave (almost directly across the street from Chuko). Inside, the copper-plated bar and classically tiled ceiling (and bathroom!) are breathtaking and make for a beautiful atmosphere. If you venture during the sunnier part of the year, you can enjoy your cocktails paired with snacks or dinner, like fresh oysters or a meat and cheese plate, on the back patio. Seasonal cocktails will run you 10-15 USD. And keep in mind: they are cash only, so have your money on hand. If you’re in a hurry and cannot decide on a cocktail, go ahead and ask for the Bartender’s Choice.
A game of pool and a nightcap
One of my favorite go-to spots in all of Brooklyn has got to be the Bearded Lady. With its low-key staff, bright and nostalgic atmosphere (reminiscent of the post-mod era), the Bearded Lady can easily feel like home.
I recommend their award winning, top-secret recipe Eggnog that is topped with toasted coconut and is just 6 USD. The bar expanded last summer in order to include a pool table and DJ booth, so grab a friend and some quarters to start your match and get your dance on! And of course, like most Brooklyn bars I have found, the bar menu includes fresh oysters. They now take credit cards, so get cozy, and settle into one of their comfy bar seats for the night.
Low-key in New York
It’s easy to see why Brooklyn makes for such a fun (and tasty!), low-key trip. While still within vicinity (and a train ride away) to NYC, Prospect Heights is a great stop for anyone wanting to explore nightlife away from all the hustle and bustle of Manhattan while still in the heart of one of New York’s best neighborhoods.
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