Much more than a music venue, BAM is the borough’s biggest and most established center for the performing arts. Indie films, modern dance, stand-up comedy, world-class theatrical productions—it’s all here. Last fall’s Next Wave Festival, an annual arts extravaganza, featured a reunion of modern music giants Philip Glass and Steve Reich and never-before-seen Warhol shorts.
Planted for multiple generations on the same quiet corner spot on a residential block, this unchanging neighborhood bar is about as authentic as they come. There’s a literary crowd, a pool table in the back, and elegant period details (like the carved-wood bar, imported from Germany in the 1870s). The jukebox has a great selection of jazz and classic rock.