Because we recently realized that not everyone else in Brooklyn is necessarily doing exactly what we’re doing at the exact same time (e.g., at 10:15pm, we are always sitting at the corner of a quiet bar trying to remember, in order, every song on Neil Young’s Trans album), we recently sent four photographers to four different types of bars—DJ, cocktail, sports, and karaoke—to document the activity throughout the night.
The DJ Bar: Legion Bar
9 PM The night begins! But not really. No one’s here, basically.
By Sara Macel
9:30 PM Bunny Babylon performing in the back room.
10 PM Bartender Pete starting his shift.
11 PM Girls hanging in the outdoor smoking area, none of them smoking. Weird.
11:30 PM The Soul Imperial DJs get the crowds moving every 3rd Friday.
12:30 AM Late night dancers.
1 AM Dennis, who works the door to the back room, getting off his shift.
1:30 AM Still going strong.
2 AM Tecate drinkers dancing.
2:30 AM The bouncer, Rudy, guarding the front door, with coffee.
The Cocktail Bar: Manhattan Inn
9 PM The pianist was taking a break. The front section of the bar was still fairly empty, but the back room was filled with people having dinner.
By Kirstin Roby
9:30 PM While having dinner, a drink called “Crossing the Delaware.”
10 PM Back room full of people having dinner.
11 PM Pianist will be leaving soon.
11:30 PM Many more people crowding the bar, while the back room stayed empty.
12:30 AM Two girls in a front booth.
1 AM The back room becomes crowded and the lights are dimmed. The DJ is playing. This room remains crowded and people dance until 3am.
1:30 AM Portrait of one of the few people standing still.
2 AM Outside the bar.
The Karaoke Bar: Hope and Anchor
7:30 PM Kitchen gearing up for final food orders.
By Cody Swanson
8 PM Show host Dropsy gettng ready.
9 PM Last few diners linger.
10 PM Dropsy singing over wireless mic from outside the restaurant.
10:30 PM Two couples dancing to karaoke music.
11 PM Dropsy’s smoothie break before wedding guests arrive and kitchen is fully closed.
11:30 PM Wedding guests arrive for post-reception reception and order drinks.
12 AM After toasting the bride, one of the guests sings karaoke.
12:30 AM Guests applaud!
1 AM A view from outside. Still singin’!
The Sports Bar: Mulholland’s
3:30 PM In case you couldn’t tell, the swelling crowd inside Mulholands and spilling on to the street in their respective team jerseys, this place is a sports bar and sports will be on.
By Ashley Minette
4 PM Mullholland’s is packed. At the end of the bar with the Jets game on, there’s hardly room to stand, let alone find a seat.
4:30 PM One fan’s weird, desperate excitement over a touchdown.
5 PM Detroit fans fearfully waiting for the clock to run out.
5:30 PM Crowded bar, with Steelers fans waiting for the next chance to throw their arms into the air.
6 PM Jets fans embracing.
6:30 PM Still watching.
7 PM The music is pumping, and one man is taking advantage of it.
8 PM Chairs become available. The rowdy enthusiasm suddenly subsides, and happy drinkers chat about the rise and fall of their teams throughout the day.