Believe it or not, there are actually some really great nightclubs in the neighborhood. The first is Nightmoves (295 Grand St., Brooklyn), which is owned by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. When the club closes down at 2 a.m., you can take your crew around the corner to La Milagrosa (149 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn), a mezcal bar and micro-club that stays open very late. The door girl there, Liz, is my favorite in the city. The DJ Eli Escobar opened his own nightclub, Gabriela (90 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn), last year. Personally, I find Radegast Hall (113 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn) to be a terrifying place; bros who order pitchers seem to love it. Even if they’re playing shitty classic rock, I’ll never say “no” to a boozy coffee milkshake at Rocka Rolla (486 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn). Hear me out: New York’s hottest club is the McCarren Parkhouse (855 Lorimer St., Brooklyn). Desert 5 Spot (94 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn), a Los Angeles–based country-music venue, is opening this June. All the cool-kid indie music acts play shows at Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway, Brooklyn). A short walk away, in Greenpoint, you can sit outside on the street in front of a church and listen to music at the the Lot Radio (17 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn). The supposed Murray Hillification of Greenpoint is happening at Pencil Factory (142 Franklin St., Brooklyn). A better bar is Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn); I could eat the homemade Chex mix for dinner.

Gottscheer Hall Photo: Eric Ogden

When you get sick of moshing, go line dancing at Gottscheer Hall  (657 Fairview Ave., Queens), an old-school German beer hall in Ridgewood, or at Stud Country, a monthly party at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn) which calls itself the “queer church of line dance.” If roller skating is more your thing, head to Bushwick’s new Xanadu Roller Arts (262 Starr St., Brooklyn), the city’s first year-round indoor rink, from the owners of the the Sultan Room (234 Starr St., Brooklyn). Around the corner is the Red Pavilion (1241 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn), an “Asian neo-noir cabaret.” Sometimes you just want to sit on a rooftop: I like Bar Blondeau (80 Wythe Ave.), which has nice views of the Manhattan skyline, and Darling (96 Central Park S.), which feels like a Southern grandma’s front porch and where you can look out over Central Park. Pumps (1089 Grand St., Brooklyn) is a dusty, tiny, very Bushwick strip club. Bring lots of ones. The cool place to go to karaoke is Winnie’s (58 E. Broadway); I’m usually satisfied by the dumpy but cheap Planet Rose (219 Ave. A). Of course, you can always go bowling at the Gutter, in Williamsburg, the Lower East Side, or Long Island City. I never fail to have a good time people-watching and smoking inside (for a fee) at the cheesy cigar bar Hudson Bar and Books (636 Hudson St.) in the West Village. It might not be the best idea, but you can drink beer at the NY Axe Throwing Range (98 N. 11th St., Brooklyn). Why not board a ferry to Governors Island and get trashed on overpriced tiki drinks at the Tulum-ish Gitano Island (125 Carder Rd.)? And never forget: New York ferries serve alcohol.