Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) returns on November 5 for its eigth year. This is one festival you don’t want to sleep on. If you don’t recognize most of the names on the lineup, don’t worry, that’s the point! BEMF prides itself on showcasing the best up-and-coming New York artists. Of course they had to throw in a couple of legends in there like Laidback Luke and Armand Van Helden.
It’s not your average music festival, which makes Brooklyn the perfect location. It’s spread out over seven venues in Williamsburg including Output, Verboten, and Music Hall of Williamsburg. I know what you’re thinking – Williamsburg is hipster as hell. Yes, but the nightlife scene is so underrated. The great thing about BEMF is that there’s re-entry so you can come and go as you please. That’s why we created a complete guide to make sure you make the most of everything inside and outside the festival.
Opening Party – Laidback Luke B2B Gina Turner and Julia Govor | Output | 11 p.m.
MK | Output |10 p.m.
Thump Presents – Snakehips | Music Hall of Williamsburg | 9 p.m.
George Fitzgerald | Good Room | 10 p.m.
Armand Van Helden | Verboten | 10 p.m.
The Bunker Presents – Voices From the Lake (Live!) Patrick Russel & Mike Simonetti | Good Room | 10 p.m.
Williamsburg bars and restaurants near the venues
Cabaret Bar (located inside Verboten)
In case you don’t feel like actually leaving or if you want to swing by early, check out this swanky bar. They have all day brunch on the weekends, small plates and crafty cocktails.
This bar is perfect if you need to get your sports fix or just hang out in between. It’s loaded with flat screen TVs and craft beers.
With $10 beer and a shot specials, arcade games and a stripper pole – you really can’t go wrong here.
Right next door is the home of the Brooklyn lager. If you’ve never been, you must cross this off your bucket list. Get here early for some beer tastings.
Near Music Hall of Williamsburg
Just a block away from the music hall is the infamous Ramen Burger that’s been blowing up your Instagram feed. Now you have a chance to finally check it out, because you wouldn’t go all the way to Brooklyn just for a burger, right?
A gay bar with happy hour ‘til 9 p.m., $2 PBRs and drag shows. This place is wildly entertaining. A perfect spot to get your night started or for a night cap.
If you feel like being classy, check out this wine tasting room with local wines, whiskeys, ciders and beers. It’s located in an open converted warehouse with an artsy vibe.
Near Good Room:
Industrial style beer hall with glass garage doors overlooking McCarren Park. It has and endless amount of beer options and your typical beer hall food – pretzels, sausages & fries.
Berry Park This bar boasts a huge covered rooftop and is great for big groups. If you’re into amazing views, then you’ll love this place. The menu is also mouth watering.
If all else fails, you always have the food trucks lined up outside the venues!