Year opened: 2007
Age: Depends on the show
The Music Hall of Williamsburg may have formally opened in 2009, but the building has been hosting shows since 2001. Previously known as Northsix, it quickly established itself as one of the first Brooklyn venues to have a consistently eclectic yet popular group of artists in the lineup. Northsix was an important part of the explosion of the Brooklyn concert scene in the 2000s, but it was eventually forced to close in 2007 due to rent increases. The building was purchased by Bowery Presents who renovated the space and reopened with the new name two years later.
Gran Torino – Great for a pre or post show hang with a group, Gran Torino has indoor & outdoor seating, a great happy hour, dancing, and wood fired pizzas served til 12 or 1, depending on the night. Open Sun-Tues 11am-2am, Weds-Thurs 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am. 131 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249. 7 min walk to Brooklyn Bowl.
Surf Bar – Transport yourself to a tropical beach before the show. Surf Bar features sandy floors, tropical drinks (including scorpio bowls for a group) and seafood-inspired fare. Don’t sleep on the fish tacos served on a mini wooden surfboard. Hang in one of the beach shacks or patios in the back with your crew. Open: Daily 12pm-12am. 139 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249. 4 min walk to Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Dolly’s Swing & Dive – Enjoy frozen and classic cocktails, bites, and dive bar vibes at this vibrant joint. Pick a song on their vintage jukebox to set the tone and enjoy views of the East River from their outdoor patio. Peep their happy hour M-F from 3-7pm or grab a nightcap after a late show. Open: Daily 2pm-4am. 101 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249. 3 min walk to Music Hall of Williamsburg.