Bushwick has a reputation for being the heart of hipster Brooklyn. is a neighborhood in the northern part of Brooklyn. Located between Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick is the place creative, free-spirited people go to work, play, and live. The bars are just as creative as the people, making it one of the most fun places for a bar crawl. Here are our picks for the best bars in Bushwick from themed dive bars to chic date spots and everything in between.
Yours Sincerely calls itself a cocktail laboratory, and that's exactly what it is. Here you can find some of the most creative cocktails not just in Brooklyn but the entire city. Swipe Right, for example is a modified Old Fashioned that uses organic dates and orange bitters. There is even an entire section on the menu for carbonated cocktails like the Speed of Light — with cocchi rosa, lavender agave, vanilla and lemon. If you want just a taste of a drink consider getting the cocktail shot and if you can't choose, there's a handy flowchart to help you decide
The bar is chic and beautiful with exposed bricks, murals on the wall, and modern chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. It's the perfect spot for a date you want to impress.
The Rookery epitomizes the best of Bushwick. It's in a converted industrial space with a beer garden in the front, and a 16-foot-long horseshoe bar in the back. Here the beer is served in 20-ounce glasses so you get more of your favorite local draft. If you're not in the mood for a beer, The Rookery also has a sophisticated cocktail and wine list. If you get hungry, don't miss the oxtail sloppy joe sandwich or the mac and three cheeses.
The Boobie Trap's name says it all. This bar is packed with boob references: rubber boobs, a topless mannequin, fake nipples hanging from the ceiling, you get the point. Even without its quirky theme, it's just a great dive bar. The beer list is extensive and there are vintage editions of games like Chutes and Ladders and CandyLand that you can play. The pub food is simple, homey, and reasonably priced. Get the ham and swiss sandwich with a side of potato salad to pair with your drink.
During the day Sunrise/Sunset is a relaxed, well-lit coffee shop where you can spend all day with your laptop or a book. At night, however, it transforms into one of the neighborhood's best and most sophisticated bars. The cocktail list is creative with drinks like the Vida Vaga with mezcal, chili honey and lemon. The wine list is extensive with wines from lesser known regions in Slovenia, Germany and Greece. The restaurant is known for its sunset burger that comes with all the trimmings you could want. It's $1 off during happy hour (Monday to Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Mood Ring is a dark, trippy bar inspired by the film "In the Mood For Love" and dedicated to astrology. The bar has stars and planets painted all over it, and the back room has lasers and plenty of fog creating an otherworldly atmosphere. The cocktails change monthly to reflect that month's zodiac sign, and the personality traits that go with it —though if you're not feel the astrology special, there are some house cocktails to choose from. There is a small food menu, mostly dumplings and steamed buns, to eat while you drink. One of the best parts is that the wall is full of art made by local artists. This bar is a feast for the senses.
Pearl's Social & Billy Club
This neighborhood bar is popular with locals. On beautiful days regulars sip beer outside on the patio. The inside is dark and cozy, welcoming couples, groups of friends, or individuals just wanting a quiet drink after work. This bar also knows how to work the seasons. In the winter it serves its famous hot toddy; in the summer, delicious tiki cocktails.This is a bar that feels like home; the bartender knows your name and serves you exactly what you want.
The Little Whiskey
The Little Whiskey was started by three brothers who believe in life's simple pleasures: well poured drinks, good music, and great service. The bar is a dream for whiskey lovers. It has selections of bourbon, scotch, rye, Irish whiskey, Canadian whiskey, and more from all over the world. If you are in the mood for an adventure go for the whiskey flights named after the airline of different regions (lik Aer Lingus, a flight of Irish whiskeys) They also serve cocktails, wine, and beer. The atmosphere is casual and lively. It's a good place for a group, and the prices are reasonable.
Honey's has one simple bar lined with wooden stools and smaller tables lining the rest of the walls. This is a special type of bar and essentially a tasting room for the attached Enlightenment Wines Meadery — Mead is a type of wine made by fermenting honey with water. You can try small-batch brews made with foraged dandelion flowers or apples. There are also bar snacks and cocktails that don't have mead if you want to stick with what you know.
Lot45 is more than a bar. It's a sprawling lounge and club that throws parties almost every weekend. During the day you can sprawl out on the sofas or the patios if the weather is nice and enjoy the cocktails; we recommend PB&J, made with gin, peanut butter, raspberry jam, almond milk, and maple syrup. At night you can rock out to the DJs or live bands. Make sure you get a good night's sleep before; this place is bumping until the early hours of the morning.