… And When You Don’t Want to Do Anything at All

Photo-collage by Kevin Cooley

Radegast Hall & Biergarten
113 N. 3rd St., nr. Berry St., Williamsburg 718-963-3973

Where to sit: It’s a no-reservations hover-and-pounce situation for seating at one of the long communal wooden tables running the length of the heated outdoor biergarten area (the roof is retractable).

When to go: Radegast opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays, and tables fill quickly. Get there early to secure an area for your friends. On the weekends, it opens at one; perfect for a long, lazy daytime guzzling session.

Drink: Uh, beer. There are twelve different drafts, mostly German, and over 35 different bottled beers from all over Eastern Europe. The delicious smell of schnitzel and sausage, being made on a grill at one end of the outdoor space, will entice you to snack.

Who’s there: Hipsters from the hood and homesick Europeans mix to form a loud, jolly crowd. Warning: There’s some serious drunkenness, and occasionally people get up to dance on those communal tables. This usually happens after dark.

What the regulars were saying recently:
“I’m drinking a Schneider Aventinus, which the waitress recommended. After this I’m going to crawl into a dark corner somewhere.”
—Jordan Lovelace, band manager

“I’m gonna order the venison sausage, and I’m very excited.”
—Marc Shavitz, law student

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… And When You Don’t Want to Do Anything at All