The opening of the Barclays Center has been a game changer — it’s brought a big-name cachet to Brooklyn that was previously reserved for Manhattan. You’ll see the Brooklyn Nets’ (formerly the New Jersey Nets) instantly iconic black-and-white insignia gracing caps and jerseys up and down the borough. And when the Nets aren’t playing home games, internationally renowned music acts — Jay Z, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake — perform for packed audiences. Barclays was also the site of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (you know, when Miley Cyrus did that dance) and this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Whether you’re catching a basketball game or a concert, you’re going to need to know where to meet up beforehand and keep the party going after. Following are four great bars and restaurants within walking distance of Barclays.
Outside at the Habana Outpost
During the warmer months (April through October), this Cuban-Mexican restaurant and bar is outdoor-revelry central. Pull up a booth in the colorful outdoor-patio arena and settle in with a frozen margarita and an ear of grilled corn slathered in cojita cheese and chili powder. The seasonal spot is also eco-friendly, with rainwater-flush toilets and biodegradable utensils.
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This laid-back, California-style bar is the perfect spot for a post-concert drink, open until 4am and serving a variety of West Coast craft beers by breweries like Green Flash, Rogue and Left Hand. You can also play pinball here, or browse a bookshelf of vintage National Geographic magazines.
Buttermilk Chicken Tender Bites at Bark Hot Dogs
Bark Hot Dogs
Everyone knows that hots and burgers make the best game-watching fuel, and Bark delivers fine specimens of both. Even better, all of the restaurant’s ingredients are sustainably (and often locally) sourced, so you know exactly where your meat is coming from. Grab a spot at one of the communal tables and dig into offerings ranging from a chili-cheese dog to kale salad.
Pork ribs and the classic mac and cheese | via Facebook
Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue
At this recent addition to the neighborhood, you can order Texas-style barbecue including brisket, turkey, and pulled pork in sandwich form or by the pound, depending on your level of peckishness. Morgan’s pitmaster hails from Austin, so you know this meat is the real deal.