LGBTQ Brooklyn – A Gay Guy’s Weekend Guide to Brooklyn


brooklyn promenade
The Brooklyn Promenade has some of the most effective views of Manhattan

With more than two million men and women living in the borough, Brooklyn is New York City’s most populated element of the city—but strangely, a lot of guests and several Manhattanites do not know a lot about it. Brooklyn’s significant culture and attitude is reflected in its diversity of men and women, cuisine, and even languages. Lots of of the distinct Brooklyn neighborhoods are recognized as ethnic enclaves, hubs of a specific culture.

Brooklyn is very easily accessible from Manhattan, most famously from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, although there are subways and other bridges connecting Brooklyn to the other NYC boroughs. Due to the fact of its one of a kind place in close proximity to Manhattan, and its several distinct cultures, even so, Brooklyn has blossomed as its personal formidable location. And the several cultural alterations in the borough have provided rise to additional open and additional inclusive spaces for LGBTQ travelers.



Factors to Do

Going to Brooklyn is quick, and though some could be turned off from the borough’s history as a location for difficulty, these days most of Brooklyn is accessible and wonderful for tourism. From acclaimed cultural institutions such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park (created by the very same landscape architects who made Manhattan’s Central Park), plus new cultural highlights in the hipster scenes of North Brooklyn, Brooklyn is a gem. In the previous year, the Brooklyn Museum has had a quantity of impressive exhibits such as a single on David Bowie, and at the moment a single on Frida Kahlo.

brooklyn museum
Brooklyn Museum

In North Brooklyn, do not miss the neighborhoods of Willamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick. House to several artists and musicians (and their subsequent studios and low-priced-but-cool coffee shops), the location is wonderful for urban exploration. The Bushwick Collective is accountable for a lot of the colorful street art you will uncover on a four-block radius about the Jefferson quit on the L train.

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a wonderful activity, and if you stroll from Manhattan to Brooklyn, you can also discover the Brooklyn Bridge Park and DUMBO area—great for locating pop-up art and thrift shops at the Brooklyn Flea Market place.

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Pizza at Sottocasa
Pizza at Sottocasa

Exactly where to Consume

As the hipster hub of NYC (and possibly the globe), Brooklyn’s neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint are specifically preferred for foodies. Open only in the summer season, the Brooklyn Barge Bar serves low-priced eats and cold drinks on a barge floating in the East River. And the nearby Manhattan Avenue is property to a quantity of wonderful meals spots of several diverse cuisines.

The cozy Mexican restaurant Calexico serves the classics (like fish tacos), but a lot of revolutionary and fascinating dishes such as a crispy brussels sprouts with peanut-chile salsa. And do not miss the Calexico content hour for the most effective offers on their margaritas (such as a scrumptious jalapeño a single).

Calexico Brooklyn Restaurant
Calexico Restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

No trip to NYC is total without the need of some pizza. Grab a slice from Joe’s Pizza on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg—plenty of celebrities order their pies right here. Or for a thing a bit additional modern, program a evening out at Roberta’s Pizzeria in Bushwick—a trendy pizzeria that also feels a lot like a dive bar, but serves a single of Brooklyn’s most effective pizzas.

In Bushwick, do not miss the spending budget-friendly Los Hermanos taqueria—a BYOB (bring your personal beer) establishment that is crowded all day and evening. They make their tortillas on-web site. For a small bit additional romantic dining, the nearby Sea Wolf restaurant serves oysters and other seafood and commonly has a DJ on weekends, creating it an equally cool location to quit for a drink either prior to or just after consuming.

Gumbo Bros Restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn
Gumbo Bros Restaurant in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood

Across Brooklyn, you will uncover great Italian-style pizza at Sottocasa, wonderful creole cuisine at The Gumbo Bros, Cuban meals at Habana Outpost, and a large wide variety of trendy solutions from craft pickles to Bahn-mi sandwiches and Berlin döner at the DeKalb Market place Hall.

Macri Park - gay bar in Williamsburg
Macri Park – gay bar in Williamsburg

Exactly where to Drink and Celebration

Even though a lot of the NYC gay nightlife is more than in Manhattan, Brooklyn nevertheless has a stronghold on the queer nightlife. Brooklyn’s most preferred gay bar is Metropolitan—a dive bar with events all week extended and drag shows just about just about every evening (and a wonderful content hour specific). Even when there is not a show on, you are probably to bump into some of your favored RuPaul queens though at Metro. Just down the street is the equally divey (and additional inexpensive) Macri Park men and women shuttle amongst the two based upon the crowds at every.

Brooklyn Pride
Brooklyn Pride requires location every June along 5th Ave in Park Slope

Nearby, The Rosemont is a newer gay bar that hardly ever charges a cover charge and feels a lot additional casual and comfy than the scene-y Metro. There’s a spacious patio in the back and typically drag shows and other events taking location on the tiny dance floor.

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HARDER gay nightclub (monthly) in Brooklyn
Tougher gay celebration (month-to-month) in Brooklyn

For clubs, Bushwick’s Property of Yes is a perennial favored. They host a month-to-month queer celebration known as Negative Behavior, but all their parties are generally a bit queer and generally LGBTQ-welcoming. Count on costumes, glitter, and disco balls no matter when you go to. Identical goes for the bigger Elsewhere club a couple of blocks away.

Additional out in Brooklyn, the new gay club three Dollar Bill hosts a wide variety of techno queer parties and occasional significant-ticket events. The club space veers masculine but parties are welcoming and they have a strict no-telephone policy though in the club, so it is the kind of location exactly where you can very easily make new good friends.

Branded Saloon gay bar Brooklyn
Branded Saloon gay bar in Prospect Heights

In south Brooklyn, there’s a month-to-month queer dance celebration at Littlefield known as Be Cute—a tiny indie club and occasion space that also hosts LGBTQ stand-up comedy nights. On the preferred street fiveth Ave in Park Slope, bars Excelsior and Ginger’s are preferred LGBTQ clubs (Excelsior additional for guys and Ginger’s additional for lesbians). Other bars in the location like Commonwealth and Branded Saloon frequently host queer events.

The Tillary Hotel
Inside my hotel suite at The Tillary Hotel

Exactly where to Keep

A single of the initially factors I discovered about Brooklyn when I initially moved to the location (apart from the truth that locating Brooklyn sublets can be difficult!), is that this borough is Massive. Each and every neighborhood has its personal distinct vibe and culture, and finding from a single finish of the borough to yet another can typically be difficult.

Element of that is simply because just about every subway route in the NYC MTA method goes to Manhattan except the G train. So if you are in the south of Brooklyn hunting to get up north, sometime the quickest way is to take a train across the river into Manhattan, adjust to yet another line, and head back across the river to north Brooklyn. It does not make a lot sense and so that is why so several in the borough finish up utilizing Uber and Lyft to get about. When you are hunting for a Brooklyn hotel, make certain to do some investigation and make certain you are in the neighborhood you want to be nearest to.

The Tillary Hotel
The Tillary Hotel lobby

Comfort and place tends to make The Tillary Hotel (a Planet Pride companion hotel) a wonderful selection for a Brooklyn hotel. It is positioned in Downtown Brooklyn, walking distance to some of the most effective touristic sights in the borough such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Brooklyn Promenade, and the beautiful Fort Greene Park. Rooms are spacious and the lobby has an open public space with lots of board games (such as an oversized Scrabble board).

Even if you are not staying at The Tillary Hotel, their second floor bar boasts a significant outside patio and powerful cocktails. From The Tillary, you can very easily attain the LGBTQ nightlife in each Park Slope (Excelsior, Ginger’s), the gay bars in Crown Heights &amp Bed-Stuy, and the larger gay clubs in Williamsburg. From The Tillary, you are only a 15-minute subway ride into Manhattan as properly. Verify The Tillary Hotel prices on right here.

For yet another selection, the BKLYN Property Hotel presents comfy guest rooms in a sleek, contemporary setting. Amenities on-web site are reasonably simple, but it is in a practical place to some of Brooklyn’s most effective nightlife in the north such as the coolest bars and restaurants in Bushwick. The hotel is connected to Manhattan along a direct train line. Verify BKLYN Property Hotel prices on right here.

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

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Lots of guests to NYC could miss out on Brooklyn totally in the course of a keep in NYC, but truthfully you could devote weeks in Brooklyn exploring the LGBTQ life right here and never ever have to go to Manhattan! There’s that several cool and hip and queer factors to do in Brooklyn, it is what tends to make it New York City’s most effective gay borough.


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