Welcome to the Johnsons
123 Rivington St., nr. Essex St.; 212-420-9911
A theme bar for kids too cool for theme bars, this LES mainstay is decked out just like your parents’ rec room circa 1978—faux-wood-paneled walls, a vintage brown refrigerator, sports-league trophies, even a Ms. Pac-Man game.
484 Union Ave., at Skillman Ave., Williamsburg; 718-609-0484
While it’s a go-to for the Williamsburg hookup scene, a dance room, killer DJs, and a huge back patio (complete with a taco truck) make this bar worth your while even if you go home alone.
No Name Bar
597 Manhattan Ave., nr. Driggs Ave., Greenpoint
This nameless bar in Greenpoint has made a name for itself with a spacious outdoor garden and a laid-back crowd.
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie St.,nr. Delancey St.; 212-226-5708
The subterranean digs aren’t very sweet, but fans of taxidermy and rock and roll will feel right at home.
560 Manhattan Ave., at Driggs Ave., Greenpoint; 718-349-3859
Finally, someplace to wear that cheap old T-shirt and expensive new haircut.
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