If you’re ever looking for a relaxing weekend in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, blogger Mel of IdÃ©e GÃ©niale 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 CafÃ©: Nothing beats brunch after a night of dancing. Bliss is great for a vegetarian/vegan brunch. This cafÃ© 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.