New Years is swiftly approaching and that means you’re probably looking for some spots to celebrate on December 31st. From personal experience, there are only two possible outcomes (when looking for bars); one, you go to your safe bar and you get a fairly standard, unexciting new year’s. The second outcome, is that you try a new bar, find it to be extremely crowded and go back to your safe bar for another uneventful evening. Which might not be the way you envisioned celebrating 2014. So, after much research (and some long weekend nights) I’ve put together a list of the best bars in Williamsburg (so we can give 2014 a proper send-off). And, without further ado here are the top New Years Eve Brooklyn bars that we’ve found.

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In order to please everyone (hopefully) I have included bars that should give you a chance to do one of three things on the night; whether that’s a drink out with your significant other, a casual night with your friends or an absolutely wild night that you barely remember the morning after. Whatever your situation, we’ve got you covered.

The Levee

Let’s just say there’s a reason it’s called The Levee. And, when it breaks, it breaks. With ridiculously cheap drink specials (involving tequila, whiskey and beer) and drink combos it’s difficult not to get caught up in the fervor that ensues. Before you know it, it will be 3am, you’ll be covered in cheese dust (because they only serve cheese balls) and you’ll probably be praying to the porcelain god in a few hours. But, I swear it’s a lot of fun. And, as it’s close to the East River, you’ll have a great view of the fireworks (which is why The Levee makes our list of the top New Years Eve Brooklyn hotspots).


I checked this place out last week and, I have to say, if you want a classically romantic New Years Eve then Donna is the place to go. Well, as long as they like rum. Still, it’s a great little cocktail bar and has some pretty decent food as well. I would recommend Thousand Year Falcon cocktail if you’re feeling adventurous.

Radegast Hall & Biergarten

It just seems wrong to not include a bar that shares a name with a character (wizard) from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. So, in honor of the last Hobbit movie I’ve included a cozy little Williamsburg bar, the Radegast Hall & Biergarten. It quite honestly looks like it could have been pulled from one of J.R.R.’s illustrations. And the cozy, little, cottage-style bar has some of the best beer New York has to offer. It’s almost impossible not to be drawn in (which is probably why I’m there so often). It’s also the perfect place to have a nice, relaxing drink with your friends which makes it one of our top New Years Eve Brooklyn bars.

I’ve been frequenting these bars a lot over the past few months (please don’t judge me), and, since I probably won’t be there for New Years, I hope you enjoy what these New Years Eve Brooklyn bars have to offer. We hope you enjoy our selection and, lastly, Happy New Years!

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