This past Sunday, March 20th, was the official first day of Spring! The bar and restaurant scene of Bushwick is ever-changing, growing, and evolving, and this winter was a big season for that: now that the spring season is officially here and warmer days are imminent, let’s take a look back and see what new places opened this winter—they may well turn out to be your spring and summertime go-to spots.
Behold: Bushwick’s beautiful newcomers:
1. Bad Old Days
1684 Woodbine St
This cozy bar has a homey feel complete with a fireplace and an extensive collection of books and boardgames. Curl up on the couch by the fire while there’s still some winter chill in the air.
1264 Myrtle Ave
The owners of Bossa Nova Civic Club brought us Juno, a classic diner with a modern twist.
3. Bonus Room
991 Wyckoff Ave
The owners of Heavy Woods and The Bodega opened their third bar off the Halsey stop this winter, which has a basement feel completed by a pool table, pinball machines, board games, and eight beers on tap.
40 Bogart St
Bushwick’s own variation on Nighthawk Cinema off the Morgan stop is a combination movie theater, bar, and restaurant —with newly launched brunch service! This place literally has it all; it’s the perfect place to hang out any time of the day or week, whatever mood you’re in.
5. Terra Firma
119 Ingraham St
Formerly Brooklyn Fire Proof East Cafe, this resto offers Southern-inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus designed by Nashville born chef Chris Sterna.
41 Wilson Ave
This bar is an extension of the (former) Dear Bushwick right next door, serving up craft cocktails on tap.
1446 Myrtle Ave
Open off the Myrtle-Wyckoff stop since January, this huge bar has plenty of seating and a 1950s vibe with cruise liner decor elements.
1031 Grand St
A 2,500 square foot (plus some) music venue with the heart of a DIY space, Sunnyvale features unique cocktails and a good beer selection.
191 Suydam St
Brooklyn’s first kava cafe was opened by kava distributors who decided it was time to open a retail space. They offer full cafe menu in addition to kava cocktails. Just a few blocks from Maria Hernandez, this is an ideal place to stop in for a coffee (or a kava, of course!) on your way to the park on a warm spring day.
10. House of Kava
238 Central Ave
Kava is gaining mainstream popularity, and House of Kava opened a week after Brooklyn Kava. This spot is organized around traditional kava, and the intimate space feels as laid-back as a living room, featuring comfy couches and pillows and classic board games.
11. Precious Metal
143 Troutman St
The owners of Pine Box Rock Shop are proud to present Precious Metal, the slightly more “grown-up, but just as accessible” version of its sister bar. Precious Metal will feature “a cocktail-based menu paired with a more esoteric beer list.”
12. Gold Sounds
44 Wilson Ave
This new music venue on Wilson Ave off the Morgan stop was opened by scene veterans Chip Su and Cenk Eryaman. Thanks to their extensive booking experience, this place will be hosting great shows almost every night of the week.
383 Troutman St
The elusive Shipwreck Lounge is only opened to the public Thursday thru Saturday from 1am until 4am, though Grand Paradise ticketholders can stop by immediately after every performance. The 1970s tropical beach theme mirrors the experience of The Grand Paradise itself.
611 Wilson Ave
Bushwick is certainly not lacking in brunch, bar, and coffee joints. However, they get fewer and farther between the further towards Canarsie you go on the L train. Father Knows Best came to the rescue of those off the Wilson stop, offering all three of those things. With food all day, and drinks late into the night, and a big outdoor area, this will be a great Bushwick hangout no matter which stop you live off of.
15. Sincerely Burger
41 Wilson Ave
This one is only semi-new. Dear Bushwick has turned into Sincerely Burger, with the same location and same owner, but new menu, concept, and chef. The once British themed restaurant will now be serving up burgers, fries, and boozy milkshakes.
There you have it, Bushwick! Time to get out of your winter hibernation and go support all the amazing new places that opened recently.