Best Bars in Williamsburg Brooklyn: Bars Near McCarren Park

Bars in Williamsburg Brooklyn near McCarren Park

You’ll find McCarren Park on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, not far from the Wythe Hotel. This green space is much appreciated by locals, especially in the warm weather, for outdoor markets, picnics, sunbathing, people-watching, dog runs, frisbee, soccer, and all variety of sports. All of that activity can make you thirsty. Good thing there are plenty of bars nearby to offer refreshment.

Berry Park

Best Rooftop Bar. Seating is a hot commodity at Berry Park’s rooftop terrace bar, which serves up city skyline views, an attractive hipster crowd, draft beer, and bar food in a basket. (4 Berry St., near North 14th St., Williamsburg/Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 718-782-2829; cash only, Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.; East River Ferry to N. Williamsburg; Website:

Pete’s Candy Store

Best Bar with Performances/Events. This gem of a bar is big on retro charm. The vibe here is friendly and casually hip. Order a draft beer or a refreshing gin-infused cocktail called “The Local.” Stay for the entertainment: live music, open mics, poetry readings, spelling bees, and a popular trivia night called “Quiz-off.” Read my full review(709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-302-3770; Subway: L to Lorimer St. or Bedford Ave.; Website:

The Ides Bar at The Wythe Hotel

Best Bar for Networking. This much-hyped rooftop bar on the 6th floor of the Wythe Hotel attracts an increasingly a-list set, thirsty for skyline views and strong cocktails. Seating is scarce on weekends. (80 Wythe Ave., near North 12th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-460-8000; Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.; East River Ferry to N. Williamsburg)

Kinfolk Studios

Best Pop-In Bar. Kinfolk is a unique bar with an art studio/garage-like feel, cocktails, beer, and Swedish tasting menu. The front garage door opens up in nice weather, affording you a great view of this trendy corner intersection near the Wythe Hotel. (90 Wythe Ave., at North 11th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-799-2946; Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.; East River Ferry to N. Williamsburg; Website:

The Gibson

Best Car for Cocktails. As you would expect from a bar named for a classic cocktail, The Gibson serves up some finely prepared drinks. Try the cherry-infused “Brooklyn Cocktail” or one of the seasonal specials. Expect a casual and unpretentious mood. (108 Bedford Ave., between North 11th and North 12th Sts., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-6296; Subway: L to Bedford Ave.; Website:

Bar Matchless

Best Hipster Bar. This divey corner bar draws in neighborhood folks partial to skinny jeans, tattoos, and beards. Punk-leaning djs are on hand, setting the mood as you sip your PBR, eat good bar food, and play foosball. Live music shows are hosted in the back room and there’s a popular “Heavy Metal Karaoke” night. To avoid the noisy pickup scene on Friday and Saturday nights, come on a weekend afternoon for low-key vibe. (557 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 718-383-5333; Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.; Website:

Top Photo by Dain Sandoval

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