A Guide to Your Last Night in Red Hook
The song “One More Night in Brooklyn” is alt-country crooner Justin Townes Earl’s tale of love and maybe a sublet gone wrong. Call it a Country & Eastern ballad. But it sets the tone for a night out in Brooklyn. Perhaps your last.
If it’s your last night in Brooklyn, you might find yourself at some point at an underground rave behind James Murphy’s wine bar on Grand in Williamsburg. But that’s much later. Your evening starts in the Red Hook neighborhood, where Widow Jane Whiskey Distillery kicks things off. Taste through Widow Jane’s whiskey lineup then head over to Botanica, Widow Jane’s own cocktail bar, for a tipple or two. Get a bottle of The Vaults for the road.
For some sustenance, go around the corner to Hometown Bar B Que for southern (Brooklyn)-style pit-smoked barbecue.
Room for dessert? Widow Jane neighbor Ample Hills Creamery has collaborated with the distillery on flavors featuring bourbon. And nothing tops a scoop of vanilla like a little dousing of bourbon (pull out your roadie).
Say hi and bye at Fort Defiance, the neighborhood’s de facto social hub. And fortify yourself with a Widow Jane Irish Coffee. It’s going to be a long night. You need coffee. But also whiskey.
Take a last look at the Statue of Liberty from the waterfront at Valentino Pier.
Stop in to the storied Sunny’s Bar to see who’s playing. You’re going to miss this place.
It’s time for second dinner. It’s your last night after all. San Pedro Inn for the
best tacos and tamales in Brooklyn.
At Van Brunt and Pioneer, veer into the dive bar Brooklyn Ice House, and bask in the neon glow. As old school Red Hook a place as you are likely to find.