If you’re ever looking for a relaxing weekend in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, blogger Mel of Idée Géniale has the perfect itinerary for you. During our last trip to New York, we asked this stylish Canadian-turned-New Yorker to show us her favorite local haunts!
1. Brooklyn Bowl: This venue is located among the warehouses of Williamsburg away from the beaten track of Bedford Ave. The unassuming building opens up to an impressive 16-lane bowling alley and concert venue. The crowd is a mix of people, some go there for the music and some for the bowling.
2. Union Pool: This bar gets its name from being an old pool supply store. A few good reasons to come to this place: 1) It’s located on the North Side of Williamsburg, which usually attracts an older crowd, 2) There’s a photobooth, and 3) There’s a photobooth! This place has a ’60s feel to it, which is why the photobooth is so fitting. They don’t serve food, but a taco truck is parked outside in case you get hungry. (A little tidbit for you, this place was featured in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.)
3. Vinnie’s Pizza: After most shows you can bet that I’ll make my way over to Vinnie’s for a slice of vegan pizza. There are few places for a vegan to grab a quick bite to eat after a concert or bar late at night; this place definitely satisfies with slices like Vegan Wild Buffalo or Tomato Basil. The guys working the counter are helpful and will give you a rundown of what’s being offered.
4. Bliss Café: Nothing beats brunch after a night of dancing. Bliss is great for a vegetarian/vegan brunch. This café is located right on Bedford, making it a great place to people watch as you sip on one of their smoothies, recharge, and recount last night’s events.