The 7 Best Nightclubs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Julia Goicochea

The party never stops in Williamsburg—Brooklyn’s original hipster capital—or rather, its best nightclubs. Dance, drink and enjoy a happy hour taco at a pioneering gay bar, a globally inspired dance spot, and more nightclubs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

1. Output

Bar, Nightclub, Contemporary

There’s a lot to love about Output; the New York City nightlife mainstay is known for its rare Funktion-One sound system, one of the best in the world, as well as its whopping 452-person capacity. Enjoy both from the club’s second story, which offers bird’s-eye views of Output’s caged disco ball and electronica-loving crowd.

2. Bembe

Bar, Nightclub, Pub Grub

Local nightlife goes global at Bembe, a small spot known across the five boroughs. Here, dance nights range from salsa and calypso to the more experimental tropical house and Arabic dance music. The floor can get crowded, but the experience is worth it.

3. Black Flamingo

Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub, Contemporary

Black Flamingo is pure Williamsburg. This discotheque-meets-taqueria features a Miami-style cocktail bar and restaurant, which serves up happy hour tacos to pair with nightly dance parties.

4. The Woods

Bar, Nightclub, American

The Woods is a cozy nightspot that attracts crowds year-round, but its canteen-style bar and chill backyard with picnic tables make it particularly popular in summer. Expect to wait in line for weekly parties on Wednesdays (DJ Amber Valentine), Fridays (DJ Benny B), and Saturdays (DJ Rok One) when you can dance to everything from ’80s rock to early aughts pop.

5. Metropolitan

Bar, Gay Bar, LGBTQ Bar, American

This Williamsburg mainstay remains among the area’s best dance party venues. For more than a decade, Metropolitan has hosted the “longest-running gay party in Brooklyn” on second and fourth Fridays (cover-free biweekly), plus deejayed events all month long.

6. TBA Brooklyn

Nightclub, American

New York nightlife names Mehmet “Memo” Erkaya and Gio Gulez are the duo behind this bar-cum-club dedicated to underground techno and house music. TBA Brooklyn, which made its triumphant return in spring 2015 after being shut down the year before, is a scene favorite thanks to its lineups featuring both local and global DJs.

7. Schimanski

Nightclub, American

The New York City loft rave vibe lives on at Schimanski. Multicolored lights, techno tunes, and a floor packed with sweaty dancers are all accounted for at this music-fan favorite known to put on four-hour DJ sets.

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