Drink, Dance, Dress Up: Where To Go Out (& What To Wear!) In BK

New York City — the city that never sleeps. With a tag-line appropriate for an insomniac, it’s no wonder our nightlife scene doesn’t understand the meaning of the word early, either. And, in a land with a significant lack of shut-eye, we’re not surprised that when it comes to hot spots, one week you're in like Kate Middleton's outfit repeats, the next week, you're out like Ryan Lochte's grill. (Over it. Already.) To make sure you’re on the right side of the velvet rope, we hit the pavement hard to find where the after-hours scene is always hopping. Plus, because we love you that much, we’ve even put together ensembles for you to rock at all of our favorite hangouts.
First stop on our list? Greenpoint and Williamsburg, adjoining neighborhoods that have the bite of Manhattan without the tragic tourist factor. Ex-hipsters, Girls stars, emerging fashion designers, and OAK addicts alike hit the hoods for expertly-crafted cocktails, sweaty dance parties, and, of course, Brooklyn Ale. From libations by a pool-with-a-view to a menu just for absinthe, our cheat-sheet of p.m. go-tos is guaranteed to get you tipsy with the cool kids, whatever your scene. Go on and get busy — oh, and turn your A.C. off, you won’t be coming home early.
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From the team behind Ruschmeyer's in Montauk comes King & Grove Williamsburg, where the rooms overlook McCarren Park, and the staff comes clad in Jack Purcells. The pool and its 4,800-square-feet of deck space are open to the public until 9 p.m. — start with a cocktail there and then move up to the rooftop, which hosts DJs and band performances every weekend.

While this look would be perfect for a boat party, who really has boat parties in New York? (Who besides CEOs of major companies, that is.) So, wear it poolside at King & Grove. And hey, it's a salt water pool, so‚ kind of the same thing?

Marc by Marc Jacobs Miro CDC Handkerchief Dress, $398, available at Marc Jacobs; Face Stockholm Nail Polish for J. Crew in Vibrant Flame, $10, available at J.Crew; J.Crew Panama Hat, $58, available at J.Crew; Aldo Hardney Wedge in Black, $70, available at Aldo.

King & Grove, 160 North 12th Street (between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street); 718-218-7500.

Photos: Courtesy of Fresh and Clean Media
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Williamsburg needs another dive bar like a hole in the head, but a highbrow cocktail menu in a dive-like space? Now we're talking. The room feels as cozy and lived-in as your favorite neighborhood joint, but it thankfully lacks the sticky funk on the floor. In fact, it's quite chic, in a we're-not-trying-to-be-chic kind of way. But, the real drawl are the expertly crafted drinks.

Do you need to dress up in Brooklyn? Nah. But these days, you don't "need" to dress up anywhere, really. Dram isn't about needs, though, it's about wants, so we say don a throw-back frock and a badass neck piece and order a Manhattan. We know you want to.

Anndra Neen Barrel Choker, $625, available at Kirna Zabete; Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Forbidden Burgundy, $34, available at Sephora; Topshop Drop Waist Shift Dress, $84, available at Topshop; Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Python, $125, available at Madewell.

Dram, 177 South 4th Street, (between South 5th and South 3rd streets); 718-486-3726.

Photographed by Will Femia
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From the outside, Roberta's looks like a squatter's paradise. But step inside, Narnia-like, and you've entered wonderful world of red sauce, wood-fired pizza, and cute pixie-cut hostesses. Oh, and one of the best, hippest pizza spots in NYC will also play host — in partnership with our friends at Cole Haan — to two of the swe-etest outdoor DJ all-day dance parties in Brooklyn (held in the lovably ramshackle backyard). Enter: Tiki Disco on Sunday, September 2 and Sunday, September 16 (from 2 to 9 p.m.), with get-off-your-feet soundtracks by resident DJs EliEscobar, Andy Pry, and Lloydski. (Oh, and If pies and sweaty, sweaty dancing aren’t your speed, try Blanca, the sleek, 12-seat tasting-menu-driven space Roberta’s owners just opened up behind the O.G.)

For Roberta's, we suggest you wear something loose, stretchy, and cute — you're going to need a forgiving ensemble what with all those delicious pies, cheap drinks, and backyard dancing. Dress it up with a comfy heel, a high- impact, bright carryall, and conversation-worthy jewelry so you don't look like you're wearing a big T-shirt (which you totally, totally are.) Head to the Cole Haan #DontGoHome Facebook tab for your change to grab a seat at the table. We already did.

Ella Moss Bella Peplum Top in Natural, $88, available at Ella Moss; Citizens of Humanity Chloe Printed High-Rise Stretch Denim Shorts, $175, available at Net-a-Porter; House of Harlow 1960 Gold-Plated Arrow Cutout Cuff, $225, available at Endless; Cole Haan Zoe Structured Satchel, $398, available at Cole Haan.

Roberta's Pizza, 261 Moore Street, (between White and Morgan avenues); 718-417-1118.

Photo: Courtesy of Roberta's
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Maison Premiere bills itself as "an oyster house and cocktail den," and rightly so. There are over 30 varieties of oyster on offer every day, and there's an entire menu devoted to absinthe — their way of telling you how seriously they take their spirits. Which brings us to our favorite part about this spot: the vintage absinthe drip fountain.

The bag may be a little pricey, but it's a smart investment — you'll wear this not-quite-girly, not-quite-tough piece everywhere. Debut it, though, at Maison Premiere

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag in Natural with Studs, $595, available at Loeffler Randall; ASOS Satin Peg Pants With Front Pleat, $60, available at ASOS; Clu Lace-Trimmed Jersey Top, $95, available at The Outnet; Vince Camuto Kastern Zebra Flat, $70, available at Vince.

Maison Premiere , 298 Bedford Avenue, (between South 1st and Grand streets); 347-335-0446.
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If you live in New York, you don't come to the Wythe to sleep. You come to this textile factory turned hotel for 1. Reynards, the sceney restaurant on the ground floor and 2. The sixth-floor bar, the Ides. The clientele at the former look like they just stepped out of a Steven Alan catalog — just for a taste of chef Sean Rembold's locavore grub. The latter has a terrace with prime views of Manhattan and prime-r views of dudes who really know how to wear their A.P.C. jeans. In the end, you might just want to book a room and spend the weekend, no matter where you're from.

Enter: The ultimate Brooklyn cool-girl outfit. Of course, Steven Alan has to make an appearance in the form of a casual but body-con v-neck dress. Then come the kooky-but-chic sunglasses. And, that summertime necessity, the espadrille wedge. Go on, girl.

Steven Alan Kirby Dress in Dark Rusk Multi, $248, available at Steven Alan; Etten Eller Double Brass Pearl Bracelet, $185, available at Lost and Found Shop; Karen Walker Harvest Sunglasses, $250, available at Les Nouvelles; Castaner Buti Suede Espadrille, $250, available at Calypso St. Barth.

Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, (between North 10th and North 11th streets); 718-460-8000.

Photo: Courtesy of the Wythe Hotel
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Grab your glitter, kids, because this is a C-L-U-B, go-go dancers and all. In case you were wondering: yes, there's a DJ booth; yes, there's a designated dance floor; and yes, this is where Brooklyn's most fabulous night owls get sweaty. Join them, won't you? Preferably Saturday night, when Britney and Scissor Sisters are shaking the speakers and the boys are of the tiny tank top types.

Capitalize on the craziness with super-tight black leather pants, a top that swings like a cape as you strut, and nail polish that says 'party.' While some guys will be too busy making out with each other to give you the once-over, you know there’s at least one fashion editor there that’s judging. You passed.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Let's Go Crazy, $18, available at Deborah Lippmann; AllSaints Elben Cropped Leather Pant, $650, available at Allsaints; Coach Brina Heel, $218, available at Coach; Joie Balsa Top, $128, available at Joie.

Sugarland, 221 North 9th Street, (between Roebling Street and Driggs Avenue); 718-599-4044.
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The name is pretty straightforward: There IS bowling at this massive space. And, that bowling is done in slick lanes, where the benches are Chesterfield sofas. But, there are also simultaneous stage performances by hip bands like bluegrass stars The Infamous Stringdusters, just to name one recent example. And fried chicken. Lots of fried chicken. We couldn't come up with a better combo ourselves.

Whether it's for the bowling or for the dancing, you're going to want to be able to move when you're at Brooklyn Bowl. So we say wear simple, chic trousers and shoes with ample support. Just make it bossy with some graphic tribal earrings.

Acne Wonder Tencel Shirt in Skin, $110, available at Acne; Madewell Typeset Trousers in Sapphire Lace, $98, available at Madewell; House of Harlow 1960 Antiqued Tribal Drop Earrings, $100, available at House of Harlow; Marais USA T-Bar Wedge in Smoke, $80, available at Marais USA.

Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, (At North 11th Street); 718-963-3369.

Photographed by Adam Macchia