Whether you’re doing a guys’ or girls’ night out, or you just want to go out with a mixed group of guys and gals, a party bus is a great way to experience a fun and safe night. A party bus will have all the right elements to set the mood, with fun lighting and hookups for your iPod. Best of all, you can use your bus as a resource to get the group safely home, because you’ll more than likely want to stop somewhere for a drink at some point during the night. And if you want to make the night a pub crawl, Brooklyn has many great places to go. Consider having your Long Island party bus stop at one of these interesting bars.


The classic darkened bar, South offers more than 70 bottled beers, 6 draft beers, and shots that are always priced at $3. Happy hour takes place daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with $1 knocked off the price of beer, wine, and liquor. If you want to pair your grown-up beverage with a childhood snack, the kitchen serves up grilled PB&J sandwiches. There’s free popcorn for your snacking pleasure, and video games, board games, and a juke box to keep the group occupied.


If your group is more into games of the pixelated, rather than the sporty kind, this bar is a must-stop. There are no televisions here. Instead, the main form of entertainment are the arcade games. Old-school video game characters such as Ms. Pacman and Qbert eagerly await your quarters at this business that’s half bar, half arcade. There’s a binder with a list of nearby restaurants that can deliver if your group wants more than the standard bar snacks. Tables can also be reserved at any time except for after 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


This unique bar sells beer from many different countries, including Belgium, Japan, Germany, and Finland. While their origins mean that the prices can run higher than usual, the chance to try some rare and unique beers that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else is worth it. Spuyten Duyvil also has a large outdoor seating area to make up for the smaller interior, so if it’s a nice night out, the group can enjoy the fresh air along with the taste of a foreign brew.


Apropos to the name, this bar screens The Walking Dead on Sundays. The “scorpion bowl” is a drink special that’s actually lit on fire, and the drinks are known for being on the strong side. This is especially true of their special drink, the Frozen Zombie, which comes with a straw that’s filled with Bacardi 151. Besides the drinks, another draw is the card and board games, and the tiki environment only adds to the fun atmosphere.


If you prefer to drink in a more esoteric environment, try this library-like bar and restaurant. (One reviewer on Yelp even likened it to “the Gryffindor common room.”) Besides a unique interior, Union Hall also boasts a bocce ball court and a friendly staff. Fun events also take place on some weekends, such as ‘80s and ‘90s nights, so be sure to check the website if you want to partake in some themed fun.

There are so many quirky bars in Brooklyn that you’d be hard-pressed to find one that the group doesn’t like. And with a party bus on hand, everyone can feel free to enjoy themselves without worrying about being the designated driver.

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