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Best Birthday Bars - Williamsburg

Top Ten Best Bars to Celebrate Your Birthday

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Finding the perfect bar for a birthday get together can be a tall order, especially in Williamsburg where there are too many to choose from. The best birthday bar will have plenty of room for your friends, a laid-back crowd, and a staff willing to assist you with any special requests. Here is a list of the bars in Williamsburg that fit the birthday bill.

1. The Levee

The Levee
Jessica Ferri

212 Berry Street, (718) 218-8787

If you're the type that wants a birthday filled with antics in a crowded, dirty bar, the Levee is your place. Their drink specials are sure to get you drunk - The Sportsman is a shot of Evan Williams with a can of Black Label. Have a few of those and then gobble down chili dogs or the infamous frito pie - fritos covered in chili - it's sure to give you heartburn for several days. The Levee has recently added a new backyard for smokers. Every night at the Levee is a good night - it might as well be your birthday! 

2. Larry Lawrence

295 Grand St., (718) 218-7886

The only downfall to this bar is it's "hidden allure." It can be a bit difficult to find the place if you don't know the exact street number, so make sure your friends know exactly where they're going. But if you can get everyone there, Larry Lawrence has a secret cavernous feel, with stairs leading to an outside deck that looks like it belongs in a movie. You can set a tab for your pals and the bartenders will give everyone a wristband. Give the owners a call a week or so before the event and they'll reserve you space. 

3. The Richardson

451 Graham Ave., (718) 389-0839

If you're looking for a swankier birthday experience, head to The Richardson. Away from the hub-bub of Bedford Avenue, The Richardson offers a gorgeous interior with hardwood floors and big bar and delicious, well-made cocktails. For a more elegant, albeit a bit pricier experience, you can rent out their back room if you have a big party. But making the party in the front room, which is more attractive, is definitely more social. If you get hungry, order a fancy meat and cheese plate. Your guests will be very impressed. 

4. Berry Park

4 Berry St., (718) 782-7879

Berry Park is a gigantic beer garden with a huge roof deck with impressive views of Manhattan. Tell your party to meet you there for sunset. Though they have ample beers to choose from, they also serve liquor and wine so no one's left out. If you're hungry there's a shepherd's pie on the menu or a basket of soft, chewy German-style pretzels that will keep you partying until morning. 

5. Royal Oak

594 Union Ave., (718) 388-3884

Royal Oak has a reputation for being filled with annoying people, but honestly, it's a nice big space with great drink specials and back room with a DJ where people actually dance. The booze is reasonably priced and you can stake out an area where people can come and go as they like. 

6. Radegast Beer Hall

Radegast Beer Hall
Jessica Ferri

113 N. 3rd St., (718) 963-3973

On the weekend, Radegast Hall, another beer garden, is filled to the brim with people. If you are looking to "go all the way," with a party-scene choice, look no further. This huge beer hall draws in people from Manhattan and even beyond. The space and the beer are endless. It's a great place to have a big birthday gathering. 

7. Zebulon

258 Wythe Ave., (718) 218-6934

Zebulon is a "cafe-concert" with a French feel. Music fans are drawn to this bar for its off-the-wall shows. The music here comes from all over the world - no indie bands allowed. Beers on tap are joined by a great wine selection and a full-bar. There's a menu of sandwiches and small plates as well. An afternoon gathering at Zebulon is lovely if you don't like the crowds or the music. But if that's what you're after, Zebulon's your spot. 

8. Spuyten Duyvil

359 Metropolitan Ave., (718) 963-4140

This bar with the funny name has one of the finest foreign bar selections in New York. The inside is tiny and cramped, but their outdoor garden is gorgeous, an absolute oasis from the industrial look of Williamsburg. Get outside early and stake your territory on a beautiful night with good weather and make it a night to remember. 

9. The Commodore

366 Metropolitan Ave., (718) 218-7632

The Commodore is a fantastic bar for any occasion. It's also constantly crowded, so be prepared to get close to your neighbors. Until 1 a.m. they serve delectable fried chicken, fish sandwiches, fries, and more. The food alone is worth the trip, but the kitschy drinks like frozen margaritas, gin fizzes, manhattans and micheladas ensure that there's something for everyone here. Vintage TV shows and juke box tunes? What else could you ask for?

10. DBA

113 N. 7th Street, (718) 218-6006

D.B.A., sweet and simple, is a great bar. There's plenty of space for your friends, great beers on tap, liquor and wine, food, seating and outdoor space. If you're casual about your birthday and just want everyone to get together to hang out, D.B.A. is your place. It's relatively un-invaded by crowds, and the bartenders here are very nice. Put your feet up and enjoy! 

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