This blog post was updated on July 8, 2021.
For most, New York City is a mecca of cool. It has the hottest clubs, the hippest restaurants, gastro pubs and mixologists, and some of the most avant garde art and music. But since July 13th is Embrace Your Geekness Day, let’s take acknowledge some of the great city spots on the other side of the coolness spectrum.
Whether you like to get your game on (table-top style, that is), travel through time and space, or bask in Sci-Fi aesthetic, there are some places nerds need to visit in New York!
683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
Part Doctor Who tribute, part steampunk chic, this self-dubbed “Music Venue and Nerdvana” has become synonymous with Brooklyn geek culture.The drinks are named after your favorite Time Lords – with some other notable film nods as well. It’s just a few hundred feet from The Brooklyn Museum. So take in some art & culture, then order yourself a Sonic Screwdriver, and take part in Nerd Karaoke, or listen to a band, and take a break in the TARDIS bathroom. Teachers get drink specials during Friday Happy Hour. While the venue does not serve food, they have a binder full of great local eateries that will deliver a meal right to the bar.
Brooklyn Game Lab
353 7th Avenue, Brooklyn
The only non-bar on this list is family-friendly and will most certainly bring out the kid in you. Primarily an after-school program, Brooklyn Game Lab is geared towards not only getting kids to play, but also prodding them to think strategically, critically, analyze and discuss/debate gaming. Kids can sign-up for lab sessions that includes play time, analysis, and design time – where they can build a better game! But this place isn’t just for youngins. The After-Hours schedule is just for adults, with free play sessions, singles night, and themed parties. You can also test and buy new games you may have never heard of before. They are also available for private parties, and occasionally host speakers and musical performers.
50 Avenue B, Manhattan
This restaurant/bar/parlor will appeal to sci-fi fans, as well as anyone who’s into really intricate decoration. Born from an affection for author H.P. Lovecraft, this Lower Manhattan venue has a spooky vibe, that will make you feel lost in a mad apothecary’s workshop. Though specializing in vodka infusions, they also have a full menu – even brunch! They offer a wide variety of events, from trivia nights, to costume parties, to comedy and live music. Also welcomed are rentals for bachelor/bachelorette parties – so bring your friends, if you dare!
Interior photos of Waystation and LoveCraft used with permission.
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