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Your Perfect Weekend: Williamsburg, Brooklyn February 27, 2012

Posted by doinglaundryinheels in Around NYC, Food/Dining, Review, Weekend with DLIH.
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Finding yourself in your twenties can often be about finding where you fit in the nightlife scene. Past the days of 4am drunken dance parties but not yet ready for the mundane enjoyment of all night wine and cheese pairings, what’s a perfect weekend look like for the crowd that’s looking for a little excitement without the after math of a splitting headache? Just such a weekend stumbled right into DLIH territory not too long ago…

The night began in the fabulous town of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. What once was an up and coming neighborhood is now another excuse for prime time nightlife but without the bimbo-tourist-in-Heels drama (…and by tourist, I mean people from outside of the 5 boroughs).

Dinner was served at Spike Hill right off the Bedford L stop. While many may call it bar food it’s totally edible and the atmosphere is chill and pleasant. If you can snag a closed-in booth it’s highly recommended but be warned, waitresses are hard to snag since they can’t openly see you. I recommend the pulled pork sandwich if you’re treating yourself well that night! I recommend the pulled pork sandwich if you’re treating yourself well that night! (Check out their site!)
The night moved onto Juliette’s for an after dinner barhop starter. The French restaurant is a bit of a calmer, quieter scenebut a wonderful spot to start the night, a buffer between dinner and some partying! The bar is small but staff is very friendly and the rosemary chips are to die for…if you didn’t hear me the first time, TO DIE FOR! A short walk later finds you at Radegast Hall & Biergarten, a large, dimly lit German Beer House that’s both fun, unique and has an extensive selection of beers! If you want to grab a spot to sit get their earlier rather than later, it’s huge and festive but fills up fast. Next stop was just down the street, a new find called Viva Toro! This bar/restaurant houses the only mechanical bull in Brooklyn! We later learned they serve tapas and Spanish or Mexican food until mid-night, a great dinner spot before the crowds piles in. If you’re not afraid of a trek, Gutter is your next stop! It’s a bowling alley in Brooklyn, old school style, with a bar and pool table to match! The wait may be long so be prepared to take a seat or get there early in hopes of snagging a lane. To finalize your Saturday night, hit up Calexico for their late night menu! Margaritas and a plate of nachos are recommended…as far as nachos go, BEST DLIH approved nachos in New York thus far! Catch the G at Nassau or the L at Bedford, just blocks away, to head back to your abode having bar-hopped through the night without Mardi Gras beads or keg-stands!

Let Sunday morning drag on, stop at a local bagel place to start off the day and then grab a coffee or tea to go as you find your way back to the subway. Courtesy of TimeOut NY, we spotted a great afternoon activity at The Bell House in Gowanus (check them out!). The Mac n’ Cheese Takedown featured 25 different samplings of macaroni and cheese, beer and all for only $15. Mini-lunch in the industrial area of Brooklyn. Takedowns happen often, follow @chilitakedown or visit the website for more info. It was a light-hearted and calm way to round out the weekend.

If you’re in the mood for fun, but not by way of college students getting their wasted on, keep checking back with DLIH or TimeOut NY (TimeOutNY.com) for great finds, special events and low key fun that doesn’t mean dinner and a movie for the umpteenth time.

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