Summer is winding to an end, which means it’s essential to squeeze every last ounce of fun out of the season. If you find yourself in Brooklyn in August, the lively outdoor eatery, Nowadays, is the perfect place to spend a waning summer afternoon.
Flanked by warehouses and an old railroad track, Nowadays is a little slice of happiness in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. What was once an abandoned lot is now a vibrant open air space filled with colorful picnic tables, dance decks, ping pong tables, pulsating music and good times. All are welcome including pups!
It was previously a seasonal space, but a new, five thousand square foot indoor venue will open soon making Nowadays a go-to hangout year round.
Over at the “beach ball bar” you’ll find a wide selection of beers on tap as well as a variety of cocktails, wines and non-alcoholic options. I was torn between the Sangria and spiked lemonade!
Arrive between 4pm-7pm weekdays to take advantage of their happy hour – 2 for 1 on all cocktails, wine and select draft beers.
The Nowadays menu is as fun and playful as the space itself, from Bloody Mary pickles to the Brooklyn Bangers Bratwurst. All items are served out of their on-site food truck.
Truthfully, I found the food to be a bit underwhelming especially considering the price. But what Nowadays lacks in culinary ability they make up for in ambiance!
Summers are busy at Nowadays with a different event held each evening.
Mondays & Thursdays: Drinks, games, food, fun
Tuesdays: Learning with Think Olio (a different class is taught every week, $12)
Wednesdays: Outdoor films with Maysles Cinema
Fridays: Back yard listening sessions
Saturdays: The back yard cookout
Sundays: Mister Sunday day/dance party
Entry is always free except for Sundays when Nowadays holds their “Mister Sunday” day/dance party. Cover is $15 before 5pm then it jumps to $20.
Nowadays is located at 56-06 Cooper Avenue in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Take the L train to the Halsey stop (front of the train when coming from Manhattan or Williamsburg; back of the train when coming from Broadway Junction). You can also take the B26 bus to Irving and Halsey. Street parking is also available.
If you find yourself in NYC, it’s definitely worth making trip to the Brooklyn borough for a relaxed afternoon at Nowadays. Hurry, before the summer is over!
Find out more about the goings on at Nowadays here.