It’s summer, y’all (temps almost broke 90 today so we can officially say that now), which means it’s time to get your butts out there and see some live music and DJs. North Brooklyn is awash with options this year, some of them free and some of them not so free, but all of them are awesome. We’ve got rooftop parties, music festival afterparties, soul and rap legends, indie bands, pizza and tacos galore. Also, booze. Check out our roundup of this season’s seriously massive music lineup.
GOVERNORS BALL AFTER DARK | Various venues around North Brooklyn & Manhattan Governors Ball is back again this year on June 2-4, and the epic music fest is also serving up some awesome night shows too, and most of them happen to be right here in North Brooklyn. Some shows are already sold out, so either jump on some Craigslist tickets or try to snag some for the shows with tix still left!
Here’s the lineup of shows in our ‘hood:
Thursday June 1: CHARLES BRADLEY @ BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Ave) // 8pm // Sold Out
Friday June 2: RÜFÜS DU SOL (DJ SET) @ SCHIMANSKI (54 N 11th St) //10pm // Sold Out MUNA @ BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Ave) // 1130pm // $20 tickets ROOSEVELT @ BROOKLYN BAZAAR (150 Greenpoint Ave) // 11:59pm // $16 tickets WELLES @ KNITTING FACTORY (361 Metropolitan Ave) // 1130pm // $12 tickets MARK RONSON X KEVIN PARKER @ OUTPUT (74 Wythe Ave) // 10pm // $15-25 tickets
Saturday June 3: THE AVALANCHES @ BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Ave) // 1130pm // Sold Out PARQUET COURTS @ VILLAIN (307 Kent Ave) // 11pm // $20 tickets ROYAL BLOOD @ WARSAW (261 Driggs Ave) // 11:59pm // Sold Out YG, CHARLI XCX & ANIK KHAN @ SCHIMANSKI (54 N 11th St) // 10pm // $25-30 tickets THE ORWELLS @ KNITTING FACTORY (361 Metropolitan Ave) // 11:59PM // $15 tickets
Monday June 5: FRANZ FERDINAND @ WARSAW (261 Driggs Ave) // 8pm // Sold Out
If you want to erase all memories of 2016 via booze, hardcore dancing and from anywhere but your couch, here’s our list of where to party in North Brooklyn this New Years Eve. From prix fixe dinners to house music legends to open bars, to champagne toasts to confetti explosions and confessionals, we’ve got you covered. Some of these events are sold out already with waiting lists, but most of them aren’t… Yet. Assemble your crew!
Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave. NYE Love Bombs, with dj’s Soul Clap, No Regular Play & Love Tempo; champagne toast at midnight and an open bar from 12-1am, balloon drop, confetti cannons and a breakfast buffet! 9pm-6am.
Tickets $65 available here, more info on Facebook.
St. Vitus | 1120 Manhattan Ave. Slowly sway to post-punk emo rockers Rainer Maria, with openers Snail Mail, 8pm.
$25 tickets here.
Black Flamingo | 168 Borniquen Place A Good Flocking Time: DJs and dancing from 9pm-4am, Jacques Renault, Midnight Magic, Beto Cravioto, Higgins.
Tickets $15-20 here, info here.
Brooklyn Winery | 213 N 8th Street Brooklyn Winery presents an Alice In Wonderland themed party titled World of Wonder. From 9pm-1:30am, ring in 2017 in the forest of whimsy! Don your most fantastical cocktail attire and raise a glass to the end of another great year with a four and a half hour open bar, lavish antipasti spreads, and passed hors d’oeuvres. The space will be transformed into a fantastical world where reality is altered and nothing is quite as it seems. Dance the night away in a mystical forest, find surprises in every room, and capture it all in a one-of-a-kind custom photo booth!
Tickets $150, here.
Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Avenue From 9pm-4am Brooklyn Bazaar is hosting The Greatest New Year’s Party Ever 2017, aka F#CK 2016! As quite possibly the worst year on record, let’s destroy it like a teenage house party! Titus Andronicus, High Waisted, & Toys in Trouble will be performing live, with DJs Michael T, Dirtyfinger, Cousin Cole and more to fill out the rest of the night. Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast with their own Ballpit Drop! Bring your worst moment of 2016 on a piece of paper, shred it in the shredder and watch your worst moment become a confetti explosion at Midnight. See-saw your troubles away, scream out your 2016 angst in our screaming high striker and play Pin the Blame on the Politician! Lose yourself in our ball pit and come dance in 3 floors of possibility and installations so you can forget 2016 and start 2017 off right.
Tickets $40-$80, info hereContinue reading →
WEDNESDAY 11/09 ^ Romance Night @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Novelists Joanna Shupe and Jennifer Gracen in conversation with Sarah MacLean, More info ^ Antagonist Storytelling Series: 3-Year Anniversary @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Comedians tell true stories about the worst things they ever did on purpose, RSVP
☺ Ghostwriter Viewing Party @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 7pm, $5, A screening of the first story arc of the early ’90s PBS kids’ show Ghostwriter, which was filmed in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, More info
^ Reading of King of Greenpoint@ T.B.D. Bar (224 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Learn about Peter J. McGuinness, one of the most colorful characters in Greenpoint history, More info Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY 10/05 ^ Word Presents “Nasty Galaxy” Launch @ Villain (50 North 3rd St) 7pm, $40, Celebrate the release of Sophia Amoruso’s new book at a discussion between the author and the original #GIRLBOSS and COO of Vice Media, Alyssa Mastromonaco, More info * Coloring Club Drink & Draw @ New York Distilling Co (79 Richardson St) 7:30pm, $5, Color the night away on an unlimited supply of coloring pages filled with zombies, drag queens, celebrities, hot guys, and more, Buy tix
^ The New Sophists @ Spoonbill & Sugartown (99 Montrose Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, A Socratic discussion on art and technology in the Transmodern Era with Daniel Coffeen and Scott Von, More info ☺ Snippets from Sparkleberry @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 9pm, $10, Citizens of Sparkleberry are kind, compassionate creatures, with hearts of gold, but they’re also total idiots, More info
[sponsored] The Skint’s Cruel Summer ’80s Dance Party
Friday July 29 @ The Bell House (149 7th St) 8pm, $5 with code “TakeOnMe”
The city heat and humidity have us hiding inside with the air conditioning at full blast, which means it’s time for our 4th annual ’80s dance party at The Bell House! Live 10-piece ’80s band The Engagements will kick summer right in the pants by playing all the classics along with Party Like It’s 1999 DJ Steve Reynolds, who’ll play even more hits and deep cuts, and take your requests. More info
WEDNESDAY 7/27 * NAG Community Map Fair @ McCarren Park Pool Community Room (776 Lorimer St) 6:30pm, FREE, A science fair–style event, with groups presenting issue-focused maps and related information, RSVP * Illuminati Comedy Showcase @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, FREE, With Brandon Scott Wolf, Jennie Sutton, Merrill Davis, Andrew Casertano, and Amy Schiller, More info
THURSDAY 7/28 * Dreamcatcher Workshop @ Line & Label (568 Manhattan Ave) 5pm, $50, Make your own leather, feather, beaded, and fringed dreamcatcher, RSVP * Janice Gunter: Ghost Hunter Preview Screening@ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 7pm, FREE, The series follows Janice as she enters the world of the paranormal, hauntings and spirits of all kinds, RSVP
* Ubu the King@ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 7:30pm, $12 suggested, Rough House Theater presents a puppet adaptation of the Alfred Jarry play, RSVP
WEDNESDAY 7/07 * Outdoor Cinema @ Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd) 7pm, FREE, Film Forum & Rooftop Films present The African Queen, More info ♫ Rootless Residency @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, FREE, With Hipro / Tidal Channel / Peter Seligman / VJ Jim Tuite, RSVP
THURSDAY 7/08 ^ The 50-Year Mission: A Star Trek Launch Party @ Villain (50 North 3rd St) 7pm, $29.99, join WORD for a party to celebrate the release of Ed Gross’s The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek, More info ♫ The Wild Honey Pie Presents @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, With The Dig / Marvelous Toy, RSVP ♫ Sewer Rats Bk @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8:30pm, $8, With Love Spread / Deli Girls / Lance Blisters, RSVP
[sponsored] Pre-Natal and Post-Partum Community Reiki With Erica Joy Dunn @ Wild Was Mama (272 Driggs Ave)
Saturday March 19, 4-5pm, $25–$50 suggested
All are welcome, so come and receive a healing Reiki treatment! During a Reiki treatment, positive energy flows, cleansing the body of built up toxins or pain. It soothes shock, calms the mind and emotions, and accelerates the body’s natural ability to heal itself while promoting a state of total relaxation and well-being. More info
WEDNESDAY 3/16 # Gusto del Tartufo @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $79, Chef Timothy Pakron teams up with U.S. Veg Corp for a 4-course truffle-focused vegan dinner, More info # The Big Meat @ Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 North 15th St) 7pm, $70, A gastronomic look at the Revolutionary Era, featuring oysters, ale flips, roast lamb, and more, Buy tix *LookBooker Brooklyn Launch Party @Bull in the Heather Salon (219 Calyer St) 7pm, FREE, champagne evening plus a complimentary blow out and Oribe treatment ($120 value), RSVP
THURSDAY 3/17 # Out With the Old In With the New @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, Help Brouwerij get rid of all their extra beer so they can make room for new beer, RSVP
^ Depresso Carnival@ Villain (50 North 3rd St) 8pm, FREE, An immersive comedy-show-meets-art-exhibit to celebrate the launch of the book Weeping in Public, RSVP ♫ Kitsuné Club Night: Disco Edition @ The Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) 10pm, $25, With Todd Edwards / Zimmer / Cassian / Kartell / Justin Strauss / HART, Buy tix
[sponsored] It’s Friday, I’m (Not) in Love: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Friday, February 12th, 10pm
Littlefield, 622 Degraw St
$5, Buy tix Leave the expensive brunches and Airbnb staycations to the lovebirds! Free yourself from the chains of Valentine’s Day this year and celebrate those who fly solo. With tunes from DJ Gordon Gloom, $5-8 drink specials, and cheap admission, you’ll spend way less than you would on flowers, chocolates, and other stuff that those “happy” people in relationships do.
WEDNESDAY 2/10 * Spring Pinball League Kickoff Party @ Sunshine Laundromat & Pinball (860 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, FREE, Start off the new season at Sunshine’s newly opened bar, RSVP ♥ Nitehawk Naughties @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 7:30pm, $15, Celebrate Valentine’s with a 35mm presentation of Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour, More info
* Glass Etching & Mixology @ Brooklyn Craft Co (61 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $65, Make your own custom barware, then learn how to fill it in style, More info * Natural Perfumery Workshop @ Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $75, Learn the natural perfumer’s craft in this bespoke scent-creating class with Hi Wildflower, More info ☺ Cartoon Monsoon @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave)9pm, $5, Comedians Joe Rumrill and Mary Houlihan invite you to a cavalcade of original costumed characters, animations, and sketches, More info
WEDNESDAY 9/30 * Voices of Brooklyn: Fathers Beyond Blood @ St. Paul’s Theater (334 South 5th St) 6:30pm, FREE, Hear stories about the men that helped to shape artist and performer Alberto Cortes’ experience while he was growing up in Williamsburg, RSVP ^ Melville House Book Club@ Rough Trade (64 North 9th St) 6:30pm, FREE, Discuss The Next Next Level, a book about Juiceboxxx, rap, art, fandom and friendship, RSVP
THURSDAY 10/01 # Cheese & Pickle Tasting @ Eastern District (1053 Manhattan Ave) 6pm, FREE, Tastings from Sheila Flanagan of Nettle Meadow Farm and Elena Balletta of Brooklyn Brine, More info * The Pharmacy Project’s Pearl @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, This performance explores how a name builds strength in character, and the associations it maintains as time goes on, Buy tix
WEDNESDAY 4/29 * Voices of Brooklyn: Between Wolves & Sheep @ Parables (334 Sough 5th St) 7pm, $15 suggested, Soulful vocals and body shakin’ grooves paired with stories of learning what protection truly meant in the of Williamsburg in the 80s and 90s, RSVP ♫ The Hunger (1st Course) @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $10, Hungry March Band begins their monthly Matchless residency, this month with Stumblebum Brass Band and Reggay Lords, RSVP * The Strange Journey Through Every Bodega in New York @ Acme Studio (63 North 3rd St) 8pm, $15, Obscura Society presents one woman’s odyssey documenting an overlooked but deeply idiosyncratic NYC icon before it disappears, More info