A Holiday Blast at the 2012 Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Looking down on the crowd filling the warehouse in williamsburg for the Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Looking to make your holiday shopping feel more like a party this year? How about more like a delicious dinner? Or even, maybe, like a rock show? If your feeling is, ‘Yes to all three please!’ then look no further than the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Big crowds turn out for this NYC holiday market and pack into a massive Williamsburg warehouse every Friday and Saturday night between now and Christmas to check out the goods from a carefully curated selection of local food vendors and craftspeople. Admission to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is free and visitors mingle around eating and drinking while listening to an impressive lineup of live bands. While we’re not sure we could do all, or even most of our holiday shopping there, Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Night Bazaar definitely makes for a fun, different way to spend a few hours on these next few festive weekends. A short ride from our Downtown locations, the Bazaar is a worthwhile trip.

NYC holiday shoppers look on at artisan made gifts at the Brooklny Night Bazaar

Jewelry makers attempt to lure NYC holiday shoppers at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Williamsburg

A Holiday Brooklyn Night Market

The event’s promoters say the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is inspired by the raucous night markets that are commonplace across Asia. There’s not really an equivalent here in NYC. Unfortunately we can’t attest to how closely they’ve come to matching the night market thrill of those far-away places, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar delivers on its promise to bring a serendipitous shopping experience, a ton of good food, and a whole lot of energy and spectacle to this part of the planet. We attended the Night Bazaar last Saturday, it was the second out of 10 nights total that the event will be held. We had a blast eating and browsing, playing ping pong and mingling. We will almost certainly go back at least once more, if only to check out The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, on Friday, December 14.

Grilled octopus by Pockets Full of Dough at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Williansburg

Illuminated art work by Brooklyn artisians at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Williamsburg

More than 100 different vendors at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Luckily the Williamsburg warehouse is 40,000 square-feet and craftspeople of all kinds are spread out with lots of room for stopping, looking and buying. There are lots of jewelry designers, boutique booths and vintage shops are part of the mix and of course, tons of food to eat there or buy as a gift. The best way to approach the Bazaar is probably to have no plan, just show up and wander everywhere keeping in mind those hard-to-buy-for people on your list.

That said, if the folks from Pockets Full of Dough based in the Rockaways are there grilling up octopus, stop whatever you’re doing and try some. The Bushwick Print Lab always has cool shirts, and General Assembly was selling funny, hipster-y onesies. Heidi’s Birds are pretty, and Cute Attack had a bunch of, adorable items for little kids as well. Fatty Cakes cookies are awesome, and IROCOH makes beautiful bags, while Left Field baseball cards are clever, and we loved all of the slightly crazy art at Liar Liar’s booth.    

T-Shirt vendor at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in williamsburg

Artwork by Brooklyn artisan at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Williamsburg

People playing table tennis at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Williamsburg

Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2012 

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2012 is located in Williamsburg, on North 5th Street between Wythe and Kent Avenues, just a few blocks away from L train stop at Bedford Avenue. The Night Bazaar will be held every Friday and Saturday night through December 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight. For a look at more of the vendors plus a complete calendar of which bands are playing when, visit the Brooklyn Night Bazaar online.

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