Of course, you're in Brooklyn for the Brooklyn experience. That's argument enough to check out Brooklyn Brewery, a local favorite since 1988. There are tours on weekends and a happy hour on Friday nights, when you can drink among the gleaming vats. If even that seems newfangled—as it no doubt does to Bedford Avenue lifers—a few truly old-school spots remain. The Turkey's Nest Tavern, a grizzled little sports bar, has steadfastly ignored the new wave. It's a dive bar (not a "dive bar") where $4 will get you 32 ounces of beer in a Styrofoam cup. That's four dollars cash, mind you. Pull out a credit card here and the bartender will laugh in your face.
Yes, yes, it's not like Turkey's Nest is a huge secret or anything, but at least it seemed to be relatively tourist-free...right? It's all over now. They outed the $4, 32-ounce beers.
To borrow from The Daily Show, here is your moment of NYC<30 zen:
As you'd expect of any neighborhood enjoying a recent influx of prosperity, Williamsburg has some great shops, too. Don't be deterred by the Zoolander-ish sylphs stalking up and down Bedford Avenue—there's actually something for everyone (though a 28-inch waist certainly won't hurt your odds of finding the latest in denim).
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