12 Fun & Quirky Things To Do In Williamsburg, Brooklyn

On a mission for some unusual fun in New York City? For an oddball day of fun, check out these quirky things to do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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1. OddFellows Ice Cream

Address: 175 Kent Avenue

Like many Williamsburg establishments, OddFellows Ice Cream is focused on artisanal eats. Their small-batch homemade ice cream is crafted with hormone-free New York ingredients. What makes this a quirky stop isn’t necessarily the sustainable process by which it’s made, but the flavors: Tobacco Leaf-Smoked Chili Huckleberry, Chorizo Caramel Swirl, Beet Pistachio Honey Goat Cheese, and Grapefruit Jalapeno Sorbet, Strawberry Tomato Sorbet, Manchengo Pineapple with Thyme, Sesame Kumquat Pumpernickel, Miso Butterscotch Cherry and more. Those adventurous enough to try these unusual flavors are often pleasantly surprised by the tastiness of the innovative combinations.

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Coney Island Exhibit at the City Reliquary. Photo courtesy of the City Reliquary.

2. City Reliquary

Address: 370 Metropolitan Avenue

New York City is full of prestigious museums housing important collections that showcase the city’s history. While the City Reliquary certainly features meaningful pieces of Big Apple heritage, it’s not the types of things you’d find at the New York Historical Society or the Museum of the City of New York. First there are innovative rotating exhibits like “Keep Your Eye On The Donut” — which looks at highlights in NYC’s donut history — and “Over Spilt Milk,” a showcase of pivotal milk moments and artifacts and stories of farmer struggles. In the permanent collection, view pieces like L-train paint fragments, a “very old shovel,” horse bones, a decaying birthday cake, geological core samples, Statue of Liberty memorabilia, vintage signs, a burlesque booth, and other oddities and bits of “junk” that tell the story of New York City. Make sure to check their event calendar as there’s always something going on at this atypical establishment.

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Poster for the Brick’s annual Clown Festival. Photo courtesy of Joe Kolbow.

3. The Brick

Address: 579 Metropolitan Avenue

The Brick is not your usual theater. Featuring experimental shows, fringe-style performance and nerd humor, it’s home to the annual Clown Festival and Comic Book Theater Festival. Check their schedule to see what quirky events are on the calendar for when you’re in town, as there’s sure to be something you’ve never experienced.

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Drinking and bowling at the Brooklyn Bowl. Photo courtesy of flat luxe.

4. Brooklyn Bowl

Address: 61 Wythe Avenue

The Brooklyn Bowl is where locals head when they want to see live up-and-coming musical talent for cheap; however, one can also experience the joy that is buzzed bowling. Drink Brooklyn-sourced beers and international wines and spirits while enjoying 16 lanes, concerts projected on big screens over the pins, a DJ on Saturday nights and a social atmosphere.

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Learn the art of butchery at The Meat Hook. Photo courtesy of The Meat Hook.

5. The Meat Hook

Address: 100 Frost Street

At The Meat Hook they don’t just sell sustainable farm-raised meats, they teach you how to cut them through a variety of butcher and cooking courses held in conjunction with the Brooklyn Kitchen. Some butcher classes offered include Knife Skills, Whole Fish Butchering, Pig Butchering and Knife Sharpening. If you’re more interested in the cooking side of things, some options include Thai Street Food, Advanced Cake Decorating, A Taste of Spain, Homemade Pizza with Roberta’s, Empanada and Handpie Making and the Art of Braising. This experience is must when looking for quirky things to do in Williamsburg!

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Good times at The Moon Show. Photo courtesy of The Moon Show.

6. The Moon Show at Union Pool

Address: 484 Union Avenue

Sometimes this offbeat and hysterical variety show moves to other locations, but typically The Moon Show calls Union Pool home every third Tuesday at 8pm ($5). Expect everything from standup comedy to atypical dance ensembles to Lego animations to story pirates and much more.

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A winning combination at Baked in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of Baked in Brooklyn.

7. Baked in Brooklyn

Address: 242 Wythe Avenue

Get in touch with your inner artist at Baked in Brooklyn, where you can choose from a variety of pottery and housewares (starting at $5), pay a studio fee of $9 and spend as long as you’d like painting and designing. They also host clay, painting and mosaic-making classes for children and adults. Bring a bottle of wine to enhance the fun and get your creative juices flowing.

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Gibson guitar. Photo courtesy of Dusty J.

8. Rockethub at Spike Hill

Address: 186 Bedford Avenue

Spike Hill hosts one of Brooklyn‘s most innovative open mic nights: The Rockethub Takeoff Tuesday. Every Tuesday from 6pm to midnight you’ll hear comedians, poetry, spoken word, live music and have the opportunity to shred on one of their beautiful Gibson guitars. Best of all, there’s no cover to enjoy this quirky night of fun.

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Some of the fashions you may find at Artists & Fleas. Photo courtesy of Artists & Fleas.

9. Artists & Fleas

Address: 70 N. 7th street

This weekend artist, designer and vintage market sells eclectic goods and period clothing, with an endless supply of one-of-a-kind pieces, gawk-worthy fashions and unusual products. At Artists & Fleas you can purchase everything from whimsical women’s clothing to gold-gilded leaf necklaces to teeth grills to rings screaming c*nt to snarky handmade pouches and much, much more. Even if you’re not interested in shopping, it’s worth stopping in for an atypical browse.

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Photo via The Burger Guru

10. The Burger Guru

Address: 98 Berry Street

At The Burger Guru, carnivores can satiate their cravings with exotic meat burgers like Canadian bison, domestic organic ostrich, Texas antelope, house-blend spicy lamb or premium lump crab, to name a few patty options. All their meats are sustainably farmed for a healthy and filling meal. Enhance the experience with one of their signature topping mixtures, like the “Williamsburger” with bourbon-sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and roasted red peppers or the “Jalapeno Bacon Crisp” featuring domestic baby Swiss, green leaf lettuce, plum tomatoes and cream-cheese stuffed jalapenos wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon. Make sure to save room for an organic chocolate chip shake or banana brioche bread pudding.

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Photo via Halloween or Williamsburg?

11. Bedford Avenue

Address: Bedford Avenue

They didn’t make the website Halloween or Williamsburg for nothing! When all else fails in your quest for quirky Williamsburg, order a coffee made from ethically-sourced beans and sit outside for some people watching. The subculture fashions, thought-provoking tattoos and avant-garde hairdos are unlike anything you’ll find ANYWHERE else.

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Photo via The Painting Lounge

12. The Painting Lounge

Address: 438 Union Avenue

The Painting Lounge is a BYOB paint spot where you can get tipsy while learning to paint a masterpiece. You’ll first trace a drawn-for-you outline of the picture through carbon paper, so it’s pretty foolproof (and even if you’ve had too much merlot you’ll head home with something worthy of your living room wall). Tip: Afterward head next door to Barcade for craft beer and retro video games.

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