To succeed in Williamsburg, a bar needs three things: A cavernous space, a “we don’t try too hard” attitude, and constant supply of plentiful and cheap booze. The Woods, owned by the same guys who run its popular neighbor, Savalas, has safely nailed all three. If you’re daunted by the bordello-red chandeliers or immaculate wood finishes, fear not—the bartender is shoveling out cheap beer, in plastic cups no less. Or you can get a Tecate and tequila for $6…the list goes on. The lounge behind the bar is spacious enough for a DJ booth/live-band stage plus a dance floor that fills up on weekends. The back patio is a major draw, even on colder nights, since it houses a tasty and cheap taco truck that’s often open ‘til closing. Weeknights expect the usual faded-hoodie crowd, while weekends, even Sundays, are packed.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.