One of the greatest things about the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is just how much there is to do. The event, which takes place every Friday and Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 165 Banker St. in Williamsburg — a block north of McCarren Park — is an amalgam of night market, concert venue, video arcade, bar/restaurant, and club. Though it packs in as many as 5,000 people a night in its huge warehouse space, what’s really overwhelming is deciding what to do first.
You’ll want to arrive hungry. The Bazaar has booths from some of the city’s favorite eateries, including Pok Pok NY (famous for their noodles and long lines at its Red Hook restaurant), Luke’s Lobster, Briskettown, and Ample Hills Creamery (home of the addictive Salted Crack Caramel ice cream). If you prefer just to drink, that can be accommodated to, with a number of bars serving local beer and wine.
The Bazaar’s co-founder, Belvy K, is a past member of punk/hardcore bands like 7 Seconds, UK Subs, and D Generation, so the event can be relied upon to bring some top-quality local music. Past acts have included Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mac Demarco, James Murphy, and The Hold Steady, and every night includes a full lineup of local and touring acts.
If you aren’t feeling the music, there are plenty of other ways to entertain yourself. There’s a nine-hole mini golf course (lit with blacklights), ping pong room, and tons of vintage and new games, from air hockey to skee ball to Ms. Pac-Man. For something more high-minded, check out the art gallery, with a rotating selection of sculptures, paintings, and multimedia pieces.
But as the name implies, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a great place to shop. The space hosts table after table of local vendors selling clothes, accessories, and gifts, such as BANGS Shoes, Throne Watch Company, and Well Rounded Sound. RHLS, Wowch, FONY, and Strumpet are just a few of the apparel sellers showcasing their stuff. You would be hard-pressed to find another place in the city where you can browse handmade shoes, listen to live music from a local indie band, while eating a midnight snack.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. 165 Banker St. Brooklyn, NY 11222 http://bkbazaar.com/