Though pockets of it are still holding strong, most of Brooklyn has been swept by a sea of trilby-wearing millennials with waxed beards, who just wanna give back to the neighborhood with an artisanal dog treat shop, you know? But the New York borough is far from the only gentrified hotspot in America. We rounded up the most Brooklyn 'hood in every single state, based on metrics including trendy restaurants, "craft" cocktail bars, bike friendliness, and, of course, urban expansion. By the time you finish reading the list, they probably won't be cool anymore, so hurry up:
Occupancy in this Birmingham 'hood shot from 25% to 75% in just four years as more and more young people discovered its potential. As Fast Company points out, Avondale benefited from a $3 million park renovation and brand-new brewery, both of which opened in October 2011. SAW's Soul Kitchen and grilled cheese food truck-turned-restaurant MELT helped pad out the place's reputation, which is sure to build even higher when the Hotbox dudes' brick-and-mortar spot, The Wooden Goat, opens its doors.
Anchorage is still a fairly "new" city in some respects, since a devastating 1964 earthquake took out much of the town. That means it's had less time to hone the indie sectors, but Spenard has still managed. The place used to be way seedier (think ladies-of-the-night seedy), but the area's amassed spots like Tap Root (bar with Mason jar ganache on the menu), Middle Way Cafe (coffee shop with tons of local art), and Title Wave Books (used bookstore that's also the largest book shop in the state) in the ensuing years.
Pie Allen (Tucson)
You'd expect a college town like Tucson to cater to the young, artsy coeds. But you might not be prepared for just how far the Pie Allen neighborhood (named for a famous local baker) is willing to go. First there's the Food Conspiracy Co-op, whose selection of bulk herbs and homeopathic remedies would make Whole Foods blush. Two doors down is another herbs depot and across the street you'll find Antigone Books, a 100% solar-powered indie bookstore. Keep moving up N 4th Avenue and you'll hit an espresso shop, a vintage clothing store, a tattoo parlor, a recycled art shop, and even one of the best-named bars in America (the Surly Wench Pub). Just to be clear, this is all on one block.
Argenta (Little Rock)
Coffee and comedy are both hugely popular in Brooklyn, and you can get both in the same place in Argenta: The Joint. It serves artisan roasted coffee during the day, and stand-up and improv at night. If that's not your speed, there's always Mugs for even more craft coffee. It's right down the street from Reno's Argenta Cafe, a neighborhood staple that's been satisfying Arkansas with sandwiches, wraps, and pizza for 10 years. The 'hood's changed a lot in that decade, with new houses sprouting up where vacant lots once were, and empty buildings now filled with new business. And while you've been able to get a pint at Diamond Bear since 2000, Argenta is prepping to welcome another brewery: Flyway Brewing is opening soon.
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.
Wooster Square (New Haven)
New Haven: now officially safe for hipsters! Though Yale students have long been warned about venturing into the wrong parts of the city, New Haven's gentrifying with the best of 'em. And Wooster Square is probably the prime example. The place is home to the world-famous Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and basically the only comedy club in the area, Joker's Wild. Vegetarian eats and organic coffee are available at Fuel. And if you feel like taking pole-dancing classes by the park, well, there's that, too.
Trolley Square (Wilmington)
If you've ever looked at a map of the US, you know Delaware is tiny. And if you haven't, you're missing out! Maps are baller as hell. As you might imagine, Trolley Square is not a large neighborhood in what is not a large city: Wilmington. And yet, it's a vibrant, older Irish 'hood with an influx of young whippersnappers attracted to bars like Scratch Magoo's, the stalwart Logan House, Trolley Tap House, and Catherine Rooney's. Brew Ha Ha! provides the coffee for the neighborhood, and there's the requisite spot for brunch that uses organic ingredients, Fresh Thymes. Bring your bike -- it's easy to hop on the nearby Delaware Greenways bike trail with that new fixie.
Wynwood is not a place people in Miami live, but it's certainly a place in which they drink. Ten years ago it was a warehouse district without many places you'd want to drink in at all (unless drinking in alleyways was your thing), but residential development is well underway, and there are plenty of reasons to want to live there: bars like Wood Tavern, Coyo Taco's “secret” drinkery, and Gramps; breweries like Wynwood Brewing, Concrete Beach, and J. Wakefield; and eateries like Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Joey's, and the newly opened Alter. In the daytime, there are plenty of murals to figuratively drink in, as well as coffee, where Panther's the go-to roaster. If you think art should be confined to the inside of buildings, there are plenty of art galleries to entertain and/or empty your wallet.
Little Five Points (Atlanta)
Little Five Points has been nationally recognized for its hipsterdom (see Forbes) and it's easy to see why, when you've got combination comic book-record shops and classic dives like Euclid Avenue Yacht Club in the mix. Acts like Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds flock to Aisle 5 (formerly The Five Spot), and serious burger nerds will find nirvana at The Vortex, which has an entrance shaped like a deranged skull.