If you’ve decided to hit up Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) this year, you’ve made a great choice. This music festival is one of NY’s most slept on music events of the year. Always commencing once a year in the fall, BEMF will be running from Nov 4-12, which includes two weekends, a week-long twilight panel, art installations and a special content series.
One of the best parts of BEMF is that it is not secluded to one venue or parking lot *cough cough The Meadows cough*. The music festival is instead spread out over multiple venues throughout Williamsburg: Output, Analog, Good Room, Trans Pecos, House of Yes and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
This year, BEMF also makes its triumphant return to the true underground scene with the help of Kerri Chandler, Grime star Benji B, The Black Madonna and Honey Dijon. Local artists will also stay in the forefront of the festival with plenty of warehouse parties and after-hours.
A new year also comes with new venues like Good Room and Analog, new expert-curated panels on voguing, gender in dance music, streaming and technology.
So far the line-up includes: Amtrac, Asquith, Barnt, Ben Sims, Benji B, Danny Daze, DJ Qu, Function, Greg Gow, Gunnar Haslam, Honey Dijon, Infinity Ink, Jey Kurmis, Jimmy Edgar, Jon Fay, Jubilee, Justin Cudmore, Kerri Chandler, Kidnap Kid, King Britt, Mike Servito, Roisin Murphy, Route 8 (Live), Silent Servant, The Black Madonna, Truncate and Turtle Bugg.
So while trekking it around Brooklyn during the event, we’ve decided to help map out your intoxicated journey, complete with the best bars in the area, to quench your thirst and A1 munchie pit stops. Remember, this is a marathon, not a race. May the force be with you.
If starting at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Get munchies here: Eat like a local Brooklyn foodie and head to the famous Tacos Morelos truck on the corner of N. Seventh Street and Bedford Avenue. The food is cheap, delicious and it’s open late.
Stop at this bar: Surf Bar, also down the block on N. Sixth Street, this is a go to stop cuz 1. the floor is made of sand, and 2. They make a bomb fruity beach drinks
If starting at Output
Get munchies here: Allswell is open until 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday so that’s good news for your appetite! The burgers are to die for and make sure you get a side of their fried pickles as well.
Stop at this bar: With Output being in one of the busiest bar scenes in Williamsburg, your options are kinda endless. The best two in the area are Whiskey Brooklyn and Kinfolk. Both are fun AF and great vibes, so you can’t go wrong either way.
If starting at Good Room
Get munchies here: Considering Manhattan Inn will be closing its doors permanently on Nov. 13, this is the perfect reason to stop here and grab a bite for old time’s sake or for your first (and last) time. It’s open till 4 a.m. so no need to rush, just make sure to try the pizetta topped with goat cheese, mushrooms and caramelized onions.
Another winner for the area is the fish tacos, and pretty much anything on the menu at Nights & Weekends.
Stop at this bar: Capri Social Club – New York Times once said this place is “so ordinary that it’s a star” the vibe is laid back and fun, they have reasonable prices on drinks and JELLO SHOTS!
If starting at House of Yes
Get munchies here: OK so we have some options — if you’re into small plates stop at Lot 45, which is also a bar with couches so it’s V chill. If you’re down for a little bit of walk and want something more filling for your palette, then you can get some of the best brick oven pizza in the area at Roberta’s. If you just want to grab some quick Mexican bites you can always go to Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos