Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood has grown in popularity recently with locals and tourists especially because of the iconic Manhattan Bridge and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline from the waterfront.
While the neighborhood–much like the rest of New York City–is densely populated, it’s not as crowded and tourist-centric as Manhattan, making it an ideal destination to get to know the city better from a native point of view.
And, what better way to get to know an area than by trying out some local bars? As someone with a few friends in Dumbo, I’ve been to my fair share of bars in the neighborhood. So, whether you’re visiting the area for vacation, are new to the neighborhood, or want to plan a get-together with some friends, you can’t go wrong with my selection of the best bars in Dumbo Brooklyn.
Time Out Market New York
55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Located down Main Street in Dumbo just before the Buttermilk Channel waterfront, you’ll find one of New York’s ultimate food destinations for locals and visitors alike. The expansive market is over 24,000 square feet and features 21 of the best restaurants and chefs in New York, all under one roof, including eight separate bars.
Specifically, the Time Out Market in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood houses a local beer bar, Love Local Beer, and multiple locations of the quintessential Time Out Market Bar.
The Time Out Market Bar perfectly encapsulates the New York bar scene with unique, hand-crafted cocktails such as the Salty Thyme Margarita and the Smokin’ Cherry Mule.
Olympia Wine Bar
54 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
If you’re not into wine or beer like me, don’t worry; Olympia has you covered with its delicious signature cocktails.
During my last night out at Olympia, I had the Jolene, a deliciously sweet concoction of pear, rosemary, ginger, and gin. But, I also recommend the Ain’t Misbehavin, a pomegranate and lime drink with a kick of jalepeño tequila.
15 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Step into Atrium DUMBO and leave your worries at the door. This oasis of good food and drink, located around the corner from the Main Street Playground, is focused on supporting its community and partnering with neighboring farms to bring you local, fresh, and seasonal fare.
Plus, its industrial-chic interior makes for the optimal space for casual gatherings and grabbing a drink.
As far as drinks go, you have your pick at Atrium DUMBO. The eatery offers boutique wines, a comprehensive beer list, and signature cocktails. If you’re looking for suggestions, you might want to consider the espresso martini for a caffeine kick or The DUrango, a sweet, tropical indulgence.
Henry Street Ale House
62 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
If you’re looking to get away from the typical high-end, exclusive New York City bar scene, you might want to consider taking a trip to Henry Street Ale House, located next door to Cadman Plaza Park. The Ale House boasts a casual interior with ample seating and some outdoor high-top tables.
The bar provides an exhaustive bottled and canned beer list alongside 16 beers on tap. Plus, Henry Street Ale House operates as a full-service bar, meaning you can order whatever drink your heart desires.
However, if you’re a beer drinker, I highly recommend getting the Cashmere Haze draft to experience a rich Colorado IPA.
60 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Binc is always a go-to in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood because it’s open seven days a week and offers happy hour from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Plus, they offer indoor and outdoor dining for visitors who need a breath of fresh air. You’ll find The Binc next door to Henry Street Ale House.
The Binc offers wine, beer, and a variety of creative cocktails with fun names, such as The Private Dance, Ardent Kiss, Sunlit Hills, and Rhubarb Hills. Plus, The Binc has a fun, Bartender’s Choice option that I highly recommend.
You only need to choose a flavor profile and a spirit, and let the bartender create a unique concoction for you.
111 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
With breathtaking waterfront views of Brooklyn and Manhattan, AIMar Bar is the perfect spot for a drink at brunch, lunch, or dinner. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening out or a place to catch up with friends, this authentic local venue offers the perfect casual and relaxed atmosphere for all events.
As for drinks, you might want to consider swinging by AIMar for a boozy brunch on the weekend, trust me. AIMar makes a killer Bloody Mary and offers the classic brunch staples, like mimosas and bellinis alongside their signature Happyccino, a delicious caffeinated cocktail. If you stop by at night, you’ll find classic and creative cocktails along with beer and wine lists.
68 Jay Street Bar
68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Despite its rustic, old-school sophistication-styled interior, the 68 Jay Street Bar opened in 2003 but keeps its vibe casual and industrial. Since the bar’s name is its address, you’ll have no problem finding this hipster spot, but if you need some help, you’ll find it across the street from Dumboluv.
Much like its worn yet modern interior, 68 Jay Street Bar mimics the same aesthetic with their drink options. You’ll find limited beer, wine, and prosecco offerings alongside classic cocktails, including the Manhattan, Dark & Stormy, Negroni, and Martini.
126 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Superfine is a neighborhood staple that’s committed to community and sustainable agriculture. Inside, the restaurant and bar features a rotating gallery wall, spotlighting a new musician each month and a stage for local and international artists.
You can stop by for a quick drink or stay for the night to listen to the live music entertainment. Superfine is located at the corner of Front and Pearl Street, right beneath the Manhattan bridge.
Superfine offers many different beers and cocktails to satisfy both beverage cravings. If you’re in the mood for something fruity, I suggest the Pink Lemonade, which is basically pink lemonade spiked with Tito’s vodka. But, if you want something more sophisticated, you might want to try The Foxy Tanya, consisting of vodka, sour, and muddled mint and cucumber.
Randolph Beer DUMBO
82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
What New York City bar list is complete without at least one rooftop bar? Randolph Beer in Dumbo has a spacious rooftop bar, offering stunning panoramic views of New York City. Not to mention, the rooftop has wide tables with bench seating and tons of greenery to create a bright space perfect for larger gatherings with friends.
If you’re looking for recommendations when you head over to Randolph Beer in Dumbo, you can’t go wrong with a beer or cocktail. Still, Isuggest trying one of the hard seltzers because they come in various flavors that you can’t find elsewhere, like the coconut lime or sour cherry.
Plus, the hard seltzers come in four-packs if you want to share with friends or don’t want to run back and forth to the bar.
Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar & Kitchen
50 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar is a cozy local hangout that offers creative and classic cocktails, a healthy mix of local and international wines, and tons of scrumptious meals and shareable snacks.
It’s located across the street from the Brooklyn War Memorial and next door to Mint Heights restaurant and is a neighborhood staple for hanging out with friends.
With both classic cocktails and a changing range of specials, you’re sure to find something to your taste. I recommend trying at least one glass of wine since the bar works really hard to create such an interesting list from local and international wineries. However, if you’d rather have a cocktail, the warm apple cider is perfect on a cold winter night.
Evil Twin Brewing NYC – DUMBO
43 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Evil Twin Brewing NYC is all about brewing up new and innovative flavors, while perfecting the classics. If you’re looking for an amazing new craft beer to try, you need to check out what Evil Twin Brewing NYC has on tap.
You’ll find Evil Twin Brewing NYC in DUMBO down the street from Pebble Beach and across the street from the Sweeney Building.
Whether you enjoy an IPA, pilsner, stout, ale, or seltzer, you’ll find a beer for you at Evil Twin Brewing NYC in Dumbo. But, if you’re looking for some recommendations from a seasoned beer drinker like myself, I’d recommend the Brave Noise pale ale for a mild, crisp beer and the Banana Split Chocolate Cheesecake imperial pastry stout for a fun, sweet treat.
155 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Dumbo Station is a seasonal beer and wine concession in the Dumbo Archway offering rotating beverages. So, whether you’re looking for a crisp, refreshing beer or a delicious glass of wine, Dumbo Station has got you covered. You’ll find the bar at the archway next door to Brooklyn flea.
I’ve only been to Dumbo Station a couple of times when visiting the neighborhood but highly recommend the hard kombucha if you aren’t in the mood for wine or beer. It’s delightfully crisp, refreshing, and fruity.
5 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Drop by Gran Eléctrica for a true taste of Mexico. The authentic Mexican cooking will transport you south of the border, while the seasonal ingredients and cocktails with tequila and mezcal give it a uniquely modern twist.
Whether you’re stopping in for lunch or dinner, this DUMBO hotspot is sure to satisfy your craving for Mexican flavor.
Since The Village Voice awarded Gran Eléctrica the Best Margarita of 2013, it’s obviously a must-try when stopping at this restaurant and bar. But, if you’re looking to try something different than your Mexican restaurant go-to, I suggest trying the El Clovercito, a combination of egg whites, los vecinos mezcal, raspberry, pomegranate, and lemon.
66 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Seamore’s is a bright, nautical-themed seafood restaurant and bar located around the corner from Pebble Beach. The bright, white walls and colorful decor welcome visitors to have some fun with friends in a comfortable, exuberant space.
Besides seafood, Seamore’s Dumbo has a wide variety of spirits, wine, and cocktails. A glass of wine or a favorite beer is always a good choice, but some of my favorite cocktails have been the Spiced Pear Margarita and their Fig Old Fashioned.
But, Seamore’s also specializes in Hot Toddy’s. If you haven’t had a Hot Toddy, you would do best to get one from Seamore’s since they have many variations to suit your preferences.
Whether you want a quick drink after work, an all night gab session with the girls, a get together with old friends, or a fancy night on the town, these best bars in Dumbo Brooklyn cater to all outing options.
If you want a bite to eat before hitting the bar, you might want to check out the best places to eat in Dumbo too.
Did I leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment, and I’ll check it out!