Finding the perfect bar for a birthday get together can be a tall order, especially in Williamsburg where there are too many to choose from. The best birthday bar will have plenty of room for your friends, a laid-back crowd, and a staff willing to assist you with any special requests. Here is a list of the bars in Williamsburg that fit the birthday bill.
If you're the type that wants a birthday filled with antics in a crowded, dirty bar, the Levee is your place. Their drink specials are sure to get you drunk - The Sportsman is a shot of Evan Williams with a can of Black Label. Have a few of those and then gobble down chili dogs or the infamous Frito pie - Fritos covered in chili - it's sure to give you heartburn for several days. The Levee has recently added a new backyard for smokers. Every night at the Levee is a good night - it might as well be your birthday!
The only downfall to this bar is it's "hidden allure." It can be a bit difficult to find the place if you don't know the exact street number, so make sure your friends know exactly where they're going. But if you can get everyone there, Larry Lawrence has a secret cavernous feel, with stairs leading to an outside deck that looks like it belongs in a movie. You can set a tab for your pals and the bartenders will give everyone a wristband. Give the owners a call a week or so before the event and they'll reserve your space.
If you're looking for a swankier birthday experience, head to The Richardson. Away from the hub-bub of Bedford Avenue, The Richardson offers a gorgeous interior with hardwood floors and big bar and delicious, well-made cocktails. For a more elegant, albeit a bit pricier experience, you can rent out their back room if you have a big party. But making the party in the front room, which is more attractive, is definitely more social. If you get hungry, order a fancy meat and cheese plate. Your guests will be very impressed.
Berry Park is a gigantic beer garden with a huge roof deck with impressive views of Manhattan. Tell your party to meet you there for sunset. Though they have ample beers to choose from, they also serve liquor and wine so no one's left out. If you're hungry there's a shepherd's pie on the menu or a basket of soft, chewy German-style pretzels that will keep you partying until morning.
On the weekend, Radegast Hall, another beer garden, is filled to the brim with people. If you are looking to "go all the way," with a party-scene choice, look no further. This huge beer hall draws in people from Manhattan and even beyond. Space and the beer are endless. It's a great place to have a big birthday gathering.
This bar named after the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood in the Bronx has one of the most eclectic worldwide beer selections in New York, and a well-curated wine list. It's a cozy bar with an antique shop feel, that opens up into a green and spacious backyard - an absolute oasis from the industrial look of Williamsburg. With a wide selection of meats and cheeses available for charcuterie plates, and their welcoming outside food (cake!), this is a true champion of birthday bars.
The Commodore is a fantastic bar for any occasion. It's also constantly crowded, so be prepared to get close to your neighbors. Until 1 a.m. they serve delectable fried chicken, fish sandwiches, fries, and more. The food alone is worth the trip, but the kitschy drinks like frozen margaritas, gin fizzes, manhattans, and micheladas ensure that there's something for everyone here. Vintage TV shows and jukebox tunes? What else could you ask for?