Silverlake (Los Angeles)
Over-the-top moustaches. Suspenders. Craft coffee. Over-the-top moustaches and suspenders on people SERVING CRAFT COFFEE? Sound familiar? It should: Silverlake's so hipster, there's a debate about whether it's one word or two. Seriously. It's also home to plenty of little kids wearing Ramones shirts, music venues that double as art galleries, and people dressed in tight jeans and long-sleeve shirts when it's frigging 95 degrees out. Along with its also-gentrified next-door neighbor, Echo Park, Silverlake couldn't be more Brooklyn -- just don't tell the suspendered, moustachio'd barista waiting in line for street tacos. He may not take it well.
I started writing for Thrillist what feels like a million years ago but was only about four. At the time, I was tasked with writing about Denver's new bars and restaurants, and I often found myself in the Highlands. Or Highland. Either way works. Bottom line: it's the epicenter of new Denver. Seemingly the entire neighborhood is currently being converted to outrageously priced modern townhomes, but back in late 2008, Root Down was New York City chef Justin Cucci doing a one-man renovation by turning an old gas station into a restaurant that garnered national attention. Nowadays, many of Denver's finest restaurants and bars are based in LoHi (Lower Highlands) -- the speakeasy Williams & Graham, the beer palace Ale House at Amato's, Linger (Root Down's sibling resto), and because this is Denver -- breweries. Neighborhood faves like Prost and Denver Beer Co. feature huge outdoor patio scenes, and there are also tucked-away gems like De Steeg. Add to that exceptional coffee at Black Eye and a friendly neighborhood butcher with an eye on sustainability at Western Daughters, and it's easy to see why the Highlands are Denver's Brooklyn.