Mon-Tue and Sun, 11am-midnight; Wed-Sat, 11am-2am
noon-4pm; $2 off beer and wine; $6 house cocktails
G at Clinton-Washington Aves.
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In a city filled with more than its share of self-important nightspots, the Five Spot prides itself on delivering good, stiff drinks and a tasty roster of live entertainment without attitude. You can't miss the oversized, stainless steel sign above the door on this tidy Clinton Hill block—or bypass the well-known soul food take-out joint next door, run by the same owners. Inside, red tinted lights glowing above the 60-foot mahogany bar, copious candles and red velvet drapes keep the mood dark and sultry. If you're with a group, try to snag a table in the dining room at the back by the fireplace. But chances are you won't be in your seat too long once the beats get thumping. Live R&B and reggae bands, D.J.s and comedians are featured on the club's stage throughout the week.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.