Bembe, Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn , New York
Tel: 718 387 5389
Subway: J train to Marcy Avenue
Concierge.com's insider take:
A happy, multiculti crowd bucks the standard rocker-dive trend at this lounge in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge. The interior, created almost entirely from aged hardwood salvaged throughout the city, strives to be "familiar to many people and their respective cultures," with global accents such as Cuban portraits and Colombian burlap coffee bags. Inclusiveness pays off in a borough as diverse as this: Each night, many single women looking for a dance partner pack the house for beats ranging from Afro-Cuban salsa to roots and reggae. A cask of watermelon rum punch and other fruit-based cocktails keep the party going, and conga drums are often at patrons' disposal (be warned, it's a bit of a democracy). And that high-pitched maraca? That's the bartender nailing a screw into a coconut so she can dump its milk (and perhaps some rum) over ice.
Open daily from 7:30 pm to 4 am.