The 11 Best Places To Party BEFORE Governors Ball

Governors Ball is just around the corner, and with A-list stars like Drake, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, and Florence and the Machine performing, we know it’s going to be epic. But, before you dance up a storm in your carefully-selected festival attire, why not enjoy a little pre-game pit stop?

Since getting to Randall's Island can be a bit of a schlep, we recommend picking a spot that's in close proximity to one of the most convenient ways to get there (the 4/5/6 trains, the Brooklyn Bowl shuttle, or the 35th street ferry). Luckily, these routes are littered with places to get the party started, so we’ve narrowed it down to a dozen of the best spots to eat, drink, and hang along the way. From a casual East Harlem eatery that makes you feel like you're in the Caribbean to a posh Brooklyn rooftop where craft cocktails are a must — and tons of boozy brunches along the way — there’s no shortage of old classics and new hot spots perfect for kicking off your festival flow.

So grab your ticket, your sunscreen, and hopefully not your rain boots — we’re officially declaring your trip to Governors Ball the main attraction.