Romantic Date Ideas for Brooklyn Hipsters

By Jessica Festa,

Looking for romance in hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn? We’ve got you covered with a mix of whimsical, delicious and cultural experiences, all with a local twist with our list of romantic date ideas for Brooklyn Hipsters.

Baked in Brooklyn

Date Ideas in Brooklyn

Put your special touch on ceramics at Baked in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of Baked In Brooklyn.

 For a playful date, head to Baked in Brooklyn to make your own pottery creations. The studio fee is $9 per person and covers all the colors, glazing and firing for your projects, and from there you’ll purchase a ceramic piece – from bowls to vases to figurines – that you then decorate and glaze. Their BYO policy enhances the experience, as does the adult art class selection.

Mast Brothers

Mast Brothers Brooklyn

Delicious inside and out. Photo by Jessica Festa

Is there any food more romantic than chocolate? At Mast Brothers, watch chocolatiers make sustainable bean-to-bar treats in an open factory, take a tour or savor a complimentary sample of the day’s chosen chocolate. Bars are beautifully wrapped in decorative butcher paper for you and your significant other to take home. Up for a challenge? Purchase their cacao-centric cookbook – with both sweet and savory options for an at-home adventure.

Date night ideas Brooklyn

Immaculate design at Mast Brothers. Photo by Jessica Festa

Brooklyn Art Library

Art library in Brooklyn

Browse the Brooklyn Art Library shelves for inspiration to make your own. Photo by the Brooklyn Art Library

The Brooklyn Art Library features tens of thousands of sketchbooks on a variety of topics made by local artists. You and your sweetheart can opt to browse what’s there, make your own, or get creative with one of their other projects, like decorating a candy bar, signing up for a Pen Pal Painting Exchange or taking on one of their regular creative challenges.

East River State Park

Romantic Date Ideas For Brooklyn

Always a photo opportunity at East River Park. Photo by Jessica Festa

The East River Park is a beautiful green-space and the perfect spot for a romantic picnic or to take a photograph with the Manhattan skyline in the background. A number of al fresco annual events happen here, like Smorgasburg, the Brooklyn Flea and Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint. Take a walk along the water to reach the ferry docks, where you can board a boat to visit other spots in NYC, including Governors Island, open only in summer.

Brooklyn Oenology

wine tasting in Brooklyn

A cozy evening with Brooklyn Oenology. Photo by Brooklyn Oenology

The Brooklyn Oenology winery and tasting room is all about New York flavor, with affordable tastings of New York-made wines, beers and spirits, regional cheeses and meats. The walls showcase artwork by Brooklyn artists, who are also charged with creating BOE’s namesake wine labels. The space has a cozy countryside feel, with plenty of refurbished decor for a sustainable edge.

Nitehawk Cinema

Nitehawk Brooklyn

You’ll forget what a movie without beer felt like. Photo courtesy of Nitehawk.

Nitehawk changed the laws for movie theaters who formerly weren’t allowed to also serve alcohol, creating a space that fuses film, food and adult drinks. The focus is on indie flicks, and there are a number of regularly-occurring series you and your special someone can enjoy. Check out Film Feasts (cuisine is inspired by the movie), Music Driven (tune-centric cinema) and Country Brunchin’ (live local country music combined with western films and Southern food fare). Especially noteworthy for couples are their steamy-after-midnight showings, part of the Nitehawk Naughties programming.

McCarren Hotel – Williamsburg

(formerly known as The King and Grove)

Hipster Hotel Williamsburg

Cool down at one of the biggest pools in NYC. Photo courtesy of the King & Grove

When the weather is warm, there is nowhere better to be in Williamsburg than the saltwater rooftop pool at the McCarren Hotel. Take in the aerial views of McCarren Park and Manhattan from the cool comfort of one of the largest outdoor pools in New York with a cocktail in hand. Get an order of Crispy Cupcake Oysters and have the bartender make you an bespoke cocktail. If you’re looking to spend the night, their hotel rooms make for the perfect romantic experience with their unbearably luxurious Frette Linens, the glass-enclosed rain shower and bath amenities by Davines, the Italian hair and skincare line devoted to all-natural-ingredients and sustainable beauty. 

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl bowling

Bowl a few rounds over beers and cheeseburgers. Photo by the Brooklyn Bowl

Remember when a round of bowling was the ultimate date night? Brooklyn Bowl brings it back…for adults. This LEED-certified alley was once an iron foundry, although today you’ll find adorable couples and groups of friends kicking back with local craft beers and cheeseburgers on the lanes. If it’s skeeball you crave, head to The Whiskey Brooklyn, or Barcade for old school games like Frogger and Galaga. Once you’ve satisfied your inner child, end the night with a boozy cocktail sipped in one of Hotel Delmano’s cozy multi-room nooks or out on their patio.

*cover photo by Masterbutler CC BY

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Jessica Festa is a full-time travel writer who is always up for an adventure. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. You can follow her adventures on her travel websites, Epicure & Culture and Jessie on a Journey.