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If you’ve never ventured to Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, New York, you’re missing out on one of the most charming and cozy stretches of bars Brooklyn has to offer. Nestled between Park Slope and Crown Heights, Washington and Vanderbilt Avenues have a treasure trove of fantastic, eclectic bars – minus the huge crowds you’ll experience in neighboring areas. Bar hopping just got a whole lot easier.
Don’t let the Dr. Who theme of this bar scare away non-Whovians, The Way Station has a little something for everyone’s inner nerd. Between Movie Mondays, Nerdy-oke on Sundays, and the non-stop music every other night of the week, there’s no better place to grab a casual drink with friends and hear great new bands. Even better, the crowd is always warm and welcoming, and the Tardis bathroom is one of the nicest bathrooms that you’ll find in a New York bar. The Way Station also hosted The Prospect Heights Musical Festival, a celebration of all things Brooklyn.
The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347-627-4949
This 1950s-style bar, with its open, breezy layout, has a beachy feel that makes it the perfect place for a snack and a unique cocktail. From the outdoor seating, to the pool table, to the $1 oyster happy hour special, there’s a lot to love at the Bearded Lady. With specialty cocktails at only $9, it’s a hard spot to pass up.
The Bearded Lady, 686 Washington Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 469-232-7333
Weather Up is a speakeasy-style bar, complete with a barely marked doorway, and exceptional cocktails. They offer a special “bartender’s choice” cocktail, where you describe the flavors you enjoy and the bartender whips something up just for you. This is one of those places that reminds you that the cocktail truly is an art form. They also have one of the more charming backyards in the area, with table service so you never have to leave the beautiful fairyland backyard to get another drink. A great spot for a quiet date night.
Soda Bar teeters right on the edge between Brooklyn hip and dive bar. Between the classic bar food, spacious backyard and adjacent lounge area with couches and a projector that showcases everything from sports to movies to music videos, it’s easy to spend an entire night here. This is especially the case when the couches get pushed aside and the DJ moves in, turning the lounge area into a funky, down and dirty dance floor. They also have one of the best happy hours in town, starting at 3 pm with $3 drafts. Soda Bar is sure to fit the bill no matter what mood you’re in.
Soda Bar, 629 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718-230-8393
Inspired by a secret Prohibition Era bohemian club in Chicago, Tooker Alley follows the original intent of this club by welcoming freethinkers. As their website states, you’re invited to “elevate your mind to a lower level of thinking.” Discreetly located on Washington St., Tooker Alley is yet another speakeasy style locale that takes its cocktails very seriously. They only use the best ingredients and liquor here and with a seasonally inspired menu, you’re always in for a new treat. The dim, cozy atmosphere is enhanced further by the Jazz Mondays, making your transportation to the 1920s complete.
Tooker Alley, 793 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 955 4743