Bushwick is NYC’s most up and coming neighborhood, with vibrant street art, German #beer history, people watching opportunities, hipster shops and a melting pot of #culture. Tour booking link: bit.ly/1kw8nib
Hops & Hocks -- run by the team behind notable establishments like Stinky Bklyn, JakeWalk and Smith & Vine -- is all about thoughtfully-sourced and high-quality beer (everything from drafts to cans to large format beers), charcuterie (including a "Barcelona-style" ham bar) and provisions. Don't miss their regular events and tastings, as well as their Beer of the Month Club, where you'll get 5-6 carefully chosen beers each month. //@hopsandhocks
The Noble Experiment is a distillery and the birthplace of Owneys Rum Bushwick. The venue was opened by Bridget C Firtle, a woman passionate about bringing back the timeless tradition of rum, New York and America's first spirit. Products are all natural, non-GMO and crafted from 100% domestic, sugar cane molasses. //@tnenyc
This fun and offbeat bar and eatery is one of the cheapest in town, not to mention you'll find a "f*ck off" neon sign behind the bar, a chandelier made out of Barbies, free candies and lighters, bartenders in vintage cheerleading uniforms, old school board games and a bathroom ceiling made from rubber nipples. // @boobietrapbushwick
Fine & Raw Chocolate is void of refined sugar, dairy and additives. Instead, they focus on using organic and natural ingredients to create innovative raw and half raw/half roasted bars, crafted on low heat (raw chocolate must be cooked below 140 degrees Fahrenheit) to preserve the cacao’s raw characteristics. Like wine, chocolate has terroir, and you should taste chocolate with all 5 senses. // @fineandraw
This eatery opened in 2014 as a coffee shop focused on Brooklyn Roasting Company beans and building a community hub. Today, it's expanded to also include an art gallery with rotating exhibitions and a restaurant with a New American menu. One dish highlight: the "Bushwick Red Eye" made with pork belly, scrambled eggs, brioche and Turkish coffee red eye gravy. Also try the "Short Rib Toast" with braised beef short rib, horseradish aioli and tomato jam on ciabatta. // @fairweatherbushwick
This structure is more than just an apartment complex; it's a work of art. Seriously. The outside facade features everything from spray painted metalworks to local wooden maps, and inside you'll find a recording studio, a wood shop, and a digital media lab.Many say the complex is a commune, as the Castlebraid Facebook group for residents often focuses on sharing and trading goods and services. // @CastleBraid
Their tagline "Drink in the history" couldn't be more apt. This beer garden and public house features over 200 beers (60 on tap!), a large liquor and wine selection and a quarter-acre of private outdoor space for events and live music. Moreover, it sits in the former Hittleman Brewery, a historic building constructed in 1867 on Brooklyn's historic Brewer’s Row.
This tortilla factory houses a small and budget-friendly BYOB Mexican cantina, which opened in spring of 2006. You know you're getting those corn and flour tortillas uber fresh, especially as tacos and taquitos come double wrapped, Mexican style. Their chorizo is the most popular option, with the ground and grilled sausage laced with potato to help assuage the spice. They also make their own delicious salsas for a truly local experience.
Owner Matt Winn describes his business as “just a small used book shop that happens to have a bar at the far wall." Along with $1 book bins and buy/sell options in an unpretentious space, while also offering a happy hour from 6-8pm daily. Profits from the bar help subsidize the book shop, and the owner also has his own small press business where he publishes his own works, mainly poetry, and the works of mainly local writers. Don't miss their book readings, literary events and live music.
Opened by Nyssa Frank in 2012, The Living Gallery focuses on collaborative as opposed to competitive art. Don't miss their fun weekly Drink & Draw event on Wednesday nights, where for $10 you'll get a beer, a live model and art materials. They also regularly host a Free The Art event where they give away free art in order to "erase the competitive elements of money deciding the value of art."//@the_living_gallery
Human Head your source for all things vinyl, with over 5,000 pieces of new and used records that are priced to move. They carry an eclectic mix of genres with prices that range from high end collector records down to $2-$6 bins. The shop was opened by friends Travis Klein and Steve Smith, two Bushwick locals who find the neighborhood's appreciation for vinyl, music and art a major draw.
The Bushwick Collective was founded by Joseph Ficalora, a Bushwick native who witnessed firsthand the rampant crime of the neighborhood when his father was murdered walking home from work in 1991. Through street art he's been able to transform the sad streets into something inspiring, receiving building space from local businesses and helping artists from all over the world to tell their colorful stories. //@thebushwickcollective