New York City, New York, USA - April 28, 2013:  Street corner scene from Brooklyn, New York City with subway entrance, payphone and people visible.  This image was photographed in Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

A low-rent neighborhood of unsightly warehouses just 20 years ago, Williamsburg is an exceptionally lively and trendy part of Brooklyn today. The neighborhood is known for its great music venues, fashionable boutiques, culinary diversity, and bustling nightlife. The presence of numerous eccentric establishments in Williamsburg also make it a place where you can have some unusual and unusually memorable experiences, such as:

Brooklyn Bowl Evening

Bowling is not something many New Yorkers do often. This is a shame, as the city’s second borough is home to two of the most fascinating bowling alleys in the country. At one of them, The Brooklyn Bowl, you can count on hearing talented live music during your visit. The festive air that prevails at the venue has a distinctly Brooklyn flavor. Saturday nights can be especially raucous.

61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 963-3369

City Reliquary Tour

Brooklyn is home to more than a hundred museums and cultural attractions. Few of them have collections as far from the mainstream as the City Reliquary. Visit to view a decaying birthday cake, vintage business storefront signage, and an exhibit that chronicles NYC’s donut history.

370 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 782-4842

OddFellows Ice Cream

What do tobacco leaf-smoked chili huckleberry, beet pistachio honey goat cheese, and sesame kumquat pumpernickel sound like to you? If ice cream flavors is not the answer that comes to mind, don’t worry. OddFellows’ small-batch ice cream is known for serving flavors that cannot be found anywhere else. Health nuts interested in a truly unique taste of ice cream will be happy to hear that OddFellows ice cream is crafted with hormone-free ingredients.

175 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 599-0556

Bar Matchless Open Mic Sundays

Creativity flourishes on Sunday nights at Bar Matchless, home to one of the most innovative open mic nights we’ve seen. Comedians, poets, lyricists, and musicians showcase their talent and individuality from 6pm until midnight. Regardless of whether you go as a spectator or as a performer, you’re sure to see and hear all sorts of quirky things. If you play guitar but haven’t brought yours with you to Brooklyn, you can play on one of Spike Hill’s sweet Gibsons.

557 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-5333

Burger Firsts at The Burger Guru

The Burger Guru is the burger’s response to OddFellows Ice Cream. Exotic meat burgers on the menu include Canadian bison, organic ostrich, antelope, spicy lamb, and lump crab. Vegan and veggie patties, made from eggplant, zucchini, beets, and beans, make The Burger Guru friendly to the less carnivorous among us as well. Add more flavor to your exotic burger with bourbon-sauteed mushrooms, cream cheese-stuffed jalapenos, and applewood-smoked bacon.

98 Berry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-4878

In order to have a quirky experience in Williamsburg, you probably don’t need to do much more than visit the Williamsburg Flea or hang out at McCarren Park with your eyes wide open for five minutes. To ensure you have an eccentric experience that is distinctly Williamsburg, pencil a visit to one of these North Brooklyn establishments into your itinerary. They’re all roughly 15 minutes’ drive from NU Hotel Brooklyn.