Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema changed the movie-going game when it opened in 2011. Not only did it relieve L Train film buffs of venturing into Manhattan to see an indie flick, but it combined the movie experience with actually enjoyable food and alcohol. The theater seats here are equipped with tiny tables and menus; during the movie, you write your order on a notepad and a waiter comes by to collect it. The New American selection includes fried chicken sandwiches, fish tacos, and flatbreads, plus specials crafted to honor the headlining movies. Even if you aren't in the mood for a movie, it's worth showing up to Nitehawk: the street-level Lo-Res Bar is outfitted with a large curving bar and tables for sipping and snacking.
iPic Theaters offers one of the most over-the-top indulgent movie-going experiences in New York. The deluxe megaplex features eight screening rooms, where premium seats are synonymous with La-Z-Boy recliners and lobster rolls, filet mignon sliders, and unlimited popcorn replace king-size bags of M&Ms and the slightly stale, artificially colored popcorn of traditional movie theaters. Wines-by-the-glass and entire shakers of cocktails round out of the beverages, and all food and drink is served to your seat by discrete staffers throughout the flick. That's only if you opt for first-class seating though -- less prime seats are available and though they're still cushy, you'll have to buy your own snacks at the concession counter (an unimaginable burden).
The roof gets raised high into el cielo ('sky' in Spanish) at this Meatpacking club, one of many in a 'hood known for it's bump-and-grind nightlife scene. Weekly dance parties draw international DJs, hailing from London and Ibiza, to this versatile hall fit for just over 300. A central depressed dance floor lit by flashing strobes gets packed, requiring agility to make it to the bordering bar or the smoking patio in the back.
What began as a gritty underground theater and party venue in East Williamsburg expanded to the big leagues when it moved into a shiny warehouse location in 2015. Part-bar, part-nightclub, and part-brunch spot, House of Yes is versatile -- as is the rainbow clientele it draws. Strobe lights! Aerialists! Three bars and an atrium! Events vary from immersive film screenings (The Prestige with live magic acts) to ragers commemorating David Bowie. Arguably, the best part is nursing that “dance hangover” with a cappuccino and avocado toast the next morning. Did we mention the mirror-tiled, six-armed statue overlooking the urinals?
Output is the quintessential Brooklyn dance club: a multi-level converted Williamsburg warehouse that draws an international roster of electro DJs who spin while the hoards sweat and sway. Capacity hovers just below 500, and expect it to be reached on weekend nights. The rooftop area delivers a much needed breath of fresh air when you just need to escape the bumping bodies.