Come on a slow night, and you’ll still find a decent crowd here.
You’ll also find a little jar with hair ties on top of the single toilet, despite the fact that people really only puke on weekends.
This place isn’t a dive, but the drinks are still cheap, and you’re still going to find a crowd looking for a good time. This is Bushwick, so it’s likely that whoever you talk to will look like they just ran away from a small town where nobody shared their taste in music (and made a pit stop at a vintage store). Technically this is a restaurant, but the room in back feels more like a bar, and the whole place has a good energy at night.
If you live in Gowanus, there’s a decent chance that Halyards is your Cheers.
It’s really just a nice, normal bar with some dart boards and a pool table, although it gets pretty crowded on weekends, and it’s the sort of place where you can start a conversation with a random person without seeming too weird. And, while you probably won’t dance, it’s nice to know that you can.
Stop by for cheap drinks and a conversation that will cost you very little but might pay dividends.
The Johnson’s is the cleaned-up sister bar of the hole-in-the-wall LES dive Welcome to the Johnson’s.
It’s just right there on Spring Street, and that’s why we like it.
You can get a good cocktail here, but you don’t have to jump through any hoops like you do at those speakeasy-type places. It’s a little bar all by itself on a quiet street near the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge, and as far as nightlife goes, it’s the only game in that part of town. When you’re looking for somewhere to go on a Friday night that’s cool but not incredibly crowded, try this place.So the next time it’s decent outside, head out there and try to make friends. It’s a big, long space with a bunch of tables, a jukebox, and a stack of board games. And, if you get hungry, there’s a menu of things like burgers, nachos, and tacos.The bar itself is a little divey - but not in a smells-like-feet kind of way - and you’ll always find a good crowd here.Boobie Trap is, possibly, the most Bushwick of all the Bushwick bars.It’s kitschy and boobie-themed, and if you want to play Hungry Hungry Hippos, you certainly can. These aren’t places where you’ll quietly sip a cocktail in some booth in the corner, nor places that are a complete drunken mess (for the most part), but rather bars where you can actually expect to mix it up with other humans and have an all-around good time.