PLAN DATE: FRI / JULY 12
This is a date night you’re going to want to put on your calendar asap. Night at Niblo’s is an event that happens once a year and is back again for 2019, thank god. Enjoy a Victorian extravaganza performed by the talented team of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Start out with a picnic (bring your own) around the Crescent Water before being blown away by nineteenth-century showmanship: fire eaters, musicians, contortionists, performers on floats, and much more—all under the starry summer skies. The evening celebrates Green-Wood permanent resident William Niblo, whose Niblo’s Garden was one of New York City’s largest and most elaborate theaters of its time. Beer and wine are available to purchase, no BYO.
You’ve got time for just one more drink, or 2 or 3…over at Sea Witch Tavern (how good is that name…) you’ll find good food, 20 beers on tap, cocktails, wine and all the liquor you can drink—plus a garden courtyard—with fishponds. In keeping with the feast for the eyes, you’ll find: a mermaid mural, the skeleton of a shark’s jaw, and, mesmerizingly, live tropical fish, swimming in a glowing oval tank behind the bar. It’s a pretty classic looking bar otherwise, stools, high tops and good vibes flowing from the local crowd, probably gearing up for a little boogie to the tunes of Van Halen or other vintage rock track. If you want something to eat after your picnic, try the fried whole belly clam roll, (the Times called this one of their best sandwiches at one point).
Circus shows and cocktails
Fun and Vibey
Night at Niblo's
500 25th Street, Brooklyn
idk tip: Go all out and get the VIP experience for a bunch of bonuses including free treats and a special tour!
Sea Witch Tavern
703 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: The original Sea Witch was known as the fastest clipper ship to leave from NYC for China during the tea trade.