1271 Myrtle Ave
(between Evergreen Ave & Cedar St)
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Our Rating: ★★★★ Great
Cards: Cash only
Hours: Mon-Sun 5 pm – 4 am
Booze: Full bar
Subway: Broadway/Myrtle stop on the J train
NY Mag says:
Don’t expect to find any reclaimed-wood tables or cocktails served in Mason jars at this Bushwick hole-in-the-wall. Former rave promoter John Barclay opened this 1,900-square-foot club as an antidote to the rampant twee artisanalization of North Brooklyn. See, you don’t come to Bossa Nova to twist your mustache; you come here to drink and dance, though not in that unce-unce-unce megaclub kind of way. A tropically themed bar (think banana-leaf wallpaper and strategically placed pineapples) lubricates the young and festive with $6 drafts and $9 cocktails; the D.J.’s (including Lloydski from Roberta’s Tiki Disco parties) take care of the rest, pumping out techno and house-leaning jams via a stellar sound system.
NY Times says:
From the fratty pubs of Murray Hill to the kiddie beer gardens of Park Slope, bars reflect the spirit of their neighborhood. Bossa Nova Civic Club is no exception. Co-owned by John Barclay (who was involved with 285 Kent and other underground Brooklyn spaces), Bossa Nova is another indicator that this industrial hinterland has become a destination for more than just warehouse parties of dubious legality. Still, its remote address is a deterrent for many Manhattanites, and a recent weekend featured a laser-lashed dance floor with men and women wearing colorful patterned leggings. And no strollers in sight.
Young, artsy and fashionable, with the appropriate slurry of motorcycle jackets, floral five-panel hats and leopard spots. As the elevated subway rumbled nearby, several musicians in Bossa Nova’s backyard discussed their collections of vintage synthesizers. “It was Fluxus music,” one man said of a recent project. “It was really wild.”
Although the name makes it sound like a private organization for appreciators of João Gilberto, there’s no cover or list.
House, techno and other electronic dance music of the non-Jersey Shore variety. On a Saturday, Willie Burns, a D.J. in a Campbell’s soup sweatshirt, remixed Silk’s “Freak Me” and Green Velvet’s “La La Land” into up-tempo anthems. Loudly.
Reasonable prices for beverages beyond cans of Tecate. Cocktails like La Mayimba (tequila, honey, lime and cinnamon) cost $9. Beers like Pacifico, Bitburger and Sweet Action are on tap for $6. Juice blends, $2 to $5.