Best After Hours: From a German-inspired techno rave to a secret warehouse. In Hasidic Williamsburg that bumps till 11 a.m., here are the best After Hours places to go. When the bar is shutting down but you’re just not ready to head home.
The Absolute Best.
Unter is German for “under,” and it doesn’t get much more underground than this. Bare-bones techno after-party, which began a year ago in the dank concrete basement of a Bushwick café. Unter has a cult following among Bushwick’s rave freaks. 2am-9am; $15-$20
2. Bushwick A/V.
Every Friday and Saturday at various secret locations, 3 a.m. to noon (or later); $15 to $30. Bushwick A/V might be the most consistent go to for all the resilient souls. Who refuse to call it quits once the city’s clubs flip on the lights. Up a narrow flight of stairs in the sky lit loft of a warehouse in — where else? — Bushwick, you’ll find the late-night lurkers here every Saturday and Sunday morning. According to one of its three founders (who prefers to remain anonymous).
The DJs are nearly always homegrown stars, selected to emphasize “the rich local talent of our native city.” Expect an anything-goes crowd on the wilder end of the spectrum. Including strangers offering casual romps in the creaky bathrooms, if that’s your kind of thing. This den of evil is not for the weak of heart.
3. Sublimate at Space Is the Place.
Monthly at a secret location, 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. (or later); $10 to $20. Named after the 1974 film Space Is the Place, this near-mythical loft sits on an isolated stretch of industrial Brooklyn. Where Detroit DJ Mike Huckaby once played a reel-to-reel session of Sun Ra tapes.
As skaters whizzed by on a hand-built ramp on the roof. According to local legend, in a punk-as-fuck move, only throw parties on Friday nights. When, according to Shabbat laws, their neighbors can’t use electricity to call the cops and complain. In exchange, these Hasid have an open invite to a party for free. So this monthly event is the best excuse to meet your neighbors and while away an hour or 12 hour. While dancing to everyone from Japanese house pioneer Soichi Terada to London boogie master Funki.
4. The Brooklyn Mirage.
Weekends (time varies), 140 Stewart Ave., at Meserole St., East Williamsburg; $40 to $70.