Bembe

Bembe

Nightclub, Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Dizzle T.
    "Monday nights have fun Latin and Latin-inspired dance music!"(3 Tips)
    Raquelle J.
    "GET THE WATERMELON DRINK!"(3 Tips)
    jose r.
    "best caipirinhas this side of brasil."(4 Tips)
    Suzanne C.
    "The fresh watermelon juice and vodka special is amazing!"(3 Tips)
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  • Omari A.
    Amazing Brazilian vibes. Only downside is the size; it's very crowded with hardly any room to dance. Also note that the watermelon drink everyone recommends is basically vodka w/ a splash of fruit.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Sandra v.
    Fun, nice music. But very very small, so people bounce into each other
  • L
    LDecember 23, 2016
    Small, buzzy bar playing Latin music. Recommended to us by several locals for dancing but make sure you arrive ready for it as a bit too loud for pre-drinks.
  • Aditi
    AditiOctober 16, 2016
    Fav spot in bk for dancing away the night
  • Vivian R.
    Vivian RamirezSeptember 26, 2016
    Can get pretty crowded. You need to be jn party mode before you arrive.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SecadaJuly 13, 2016
    Dancing, drinks
  • Carmen R.
    Carmen RodriguezJune 24, 2016
    Dancing, drinks, night life.
  • Carmen R.
    Carmen RodriguezJune 24, 2016
    This gem in Williamsburg is a solid option for a little bump and grind.
  • Marcela E.
    Marcela ErazoMarch 1, 2016
    I love this place, great music AMAZING cocktails (cash only) but suuuuuuper crowded
  • Angelique H.
    Angelique HoutveenFebruary 26, 2016
    Rum and salsa. Very small but cozy place. Dance the night away. Friendly doorman who borrowed me his coat when I had to use the ATM outside. Went there on a Thursday.
  • Brownstone Living NYC
    Brownstone Living NYCFebruary 23, 2016
    Culture 101.. Rhythm and romance.. A staple in the Brooklyn night life scene.
  • Mary C.
    Mary CatherineDecember 6, 2015
    The BEST time you will ever have in Brooklyn
  • Dizzle T.
    Dizzle The DjJuly 28, 2015
    Monday nights have fun Latin and Latin-inspired dance music!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PyatetskyJuly 23, 2015
    I went here once before I lived in NY. It was a raging packed dancehall party. Never could find the place again until this year. Def a gem, but PACKED.
  • Elvin G. M.
    Elvin G. MarmolJuly 20, 2015
    Great mix of music here
  • Ifeoluwa
    IfeoluwaJuly 16, 2015
    Bar is cash only!
  • Raquelle J.
    Raquelle JessieMarch 14, 2015
    GET THE WATERMELON DRINK! W REAL WATERMELON! LIVE BONGOS awesome music I felt like I was back in spain. loved it.
  • Rachael W.
    Rachael WolfFebruary 15, 2015
    Crowded but the best Latin music in Brooklyn
  • Doraly P.
    Doraly PantaleonFebruary 8, 2015
    Cash only!!!! Good Spanish hype music and average drink prices for Williamsburg. If you come after 12 be ready for the wait in line.
  • Like A Local Guide
    Like A Local GuideFebruary 3, 2015
    Great DJs, chilled relaxed multicultural vibe. It's one of the best places to go dancing if you don't like big clubs. Get there early and chill in the hammock with a Mojito. Read more
  • Jacey W.
    Jacey WrightDecember 4, 2014
    Great live african drums!
  • Ebee D.
    Ebee DNovember 23, 2014
    Brazilian n' Latin dance music, guava caipirinhas!
  • Melody G.
    Melody GambinoNovember 13, 2014
    Come ready to drink tropical drinks and dance to dope rhythmic beats in a small sweaty room.
  • Remezcla
    RemezclaOctober 31, 2014
    iBomba is one of the best monthly parties in Williamsburg. DJ's Beto & Ushka bring you the freshest in global urban dance music every 2nd Thursday of the month. Read more
  • Maria T.
    Maria TobarAugust 10, 2014
    Good place for dancing!
  • Shivonne
    ShivonneJuly 12, 2014
    ...great place for dancing on Friday! Soca, Calypso, Dancehall and Kompa. Good crowd...come ready to sweat.
  • Antony C.
    Antony CruzJuly 12, 2014
    I'm at it again... This is my new FBPC. Enough said for those of you who know me .
  • Asako O.
    Asako OnozawaMay 26, 2014
    Great people, vibe, soul!
  • Trish R.
    Trish R.April 18, 2014
    Dj Gordon Clay is the BEST! Friday and Saturday Nights
  • Vic Z.
    Vic Z.April 5, 2014
    If you want to see how badly you dance, here's a good place to find out.
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveMarch 8, 2014
    Monday night dancing y'all
  • Lor3 S.
    Lor3 SantFebruary 3, 2014
    Get there early (9ish) if you want to find a seat other wise go with comfy shoes ;)
  • Andre R.
    Andre R.January 26, 2014
    Came with a friend looking for salsa & Afrobeat dancing. What I got was a bunch of square-jawed guys dancing awkwardly with a slew of drunken girls. The live percussion & drinks were on point though.
  • Nicky J.
    Nicky JonesOctober 6, 2013
    Live percussionist and DJ keep the crowd dancing all night. Mostly Afro Caribbean and samba. Small venue, always crowded.
  • Suzanne C.
    Suzanne CSeptember 1, 2013
    The fresh watermelon juice and vodka special is amazing!
  • Erica B.
    Erica BernalAugust 24, 2013
    Awesome dance party. I always end up meeting new ppl there.
  • Bernice M.
    Bernice MillerAugust 11, 2013
    This place gets SO packed!!! Don't wear any clothes!!
  • Cynthia S.
    Cynthia SotoAugust 10, 2013
    Love love love this place. Used to be my every Friday not spot for a couple of years. Haven't been there in a long time, Miss it!
  • Virginie M.
    Dirty dancing
  • Cam
    CamJune 23, 2013
    Get yo ass a capeta and thank me later, you're welcome!
  • Bianca C.
    Bianca CunninghamJune 18, 2013
    Loved the music especially the drummer but the space is super cramped and im not a fan of hipsters pretending to bacchata. . I prefer a more authentic experience
  • Ethan L.
    Ethan LunkenheimerApril 27, 2013
    This place sucks! $10 cover for guys and cash only. And bad music.
  • Fernando H.
    Fernando HerzMarch 23, 2013
    Too F .... Crowed! I'm out!
  • Liz V.
    Liz VegaFebruary 23, 2013
    Amazing drinks and great vibe!
  • Zeekbatey B.
    Zeekbatey BateyJanuary 31, 2013
    When u come to bembe come comfortable like T-shirt, and girls come ready to dance all night long. Probably you will find your love in bembe..
  • Megan M.
    Megan MartinDecember 1, 2012
    Officially my new favorite place
  • Tracey-Ann G.
    Tracey-Ann G.November 3, 2012
    If you love old school reggae, on tuesdays this is the place where you want to be.
  • Landie R.
    Landie ROctober 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Rum punch and enjoy great music..
  • Elizabeth H.
    Elizabeth HuntOctober 1, 2012
    Relaxed and Chill Environment
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 22, 2012
    With lively global music, no cover and no dress code, come to dance. Having a gender-balanced group of friends will please the doormen of this small bar. Cash only. - Green Guide Editor
  • Amber G.
    Amber GardnerMay 27, 2012
    Hot, sweaty and so crowded you can't move. Why anyone would actually WANT to be here is BEYOND ME.
  • Yesbelt F.
    Yesbelt FernandezApril 22, 2012
    Drinks with fresh fruit purée. How can you go wrong? Also, fun music and dancing in a small place.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 3, 2012
    “Don’t be afraid to come by in the wee hours – this is definitely a classy late-night place where you can dance with a real Latin crowd until dawn.” More at http://www.partyearth.com/venues/bembe.
  • naveen
    naveenJanuary 17, 2012
    a favorite of mine for many years – and one of the best places in the city to dance like you have no other care in the world
  • Cupcakes Carlynn
    Cupcakes CarlynnOctober 26, 2011
    Tiny place that plays reggae on Tuesday's. Get ready to dance.
  • Cupcakes Carlynn
    Cupcakes CarlynnOctober 26, 2011
    Beware of cops in unmarked vans.
  • stefunny
    stefunnySeptember 18, 2011
    Top 5 best places to dance in NY.
  • Allan Z.
    Allan ZepedaSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Monday my favorite spot!
  • jose r.
    jose rSeptember 10, 2011
    best caipirinhas this side of brasil. order one.
  • Carine C.
    Carine CarmyAugust 23, 2011
    Thursday nights for live drums
  • Cristina C.
    Cristina CampbellAugust 17, 2011
    Watermelon drink
  • Emma S.
    Emma SallyAugust 11, 2011
    Delicious mojito!
  • Sandrine C.
    Sandrine C.August 2, 2011
    fun, crazy, drinks and dancing-- go on a Friday night!
  • Heidi C.
    Heidi CaroJuly 13, 2011
    Mojitos are the move here!
  • Eric W.
    Eric WagnerJune 20, 2011
    Crazy crowded, but always fun. Read more
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoApril 5, 2011
    On Saturday nights, either get there early,choose another night to visit, or come ready to create some space on the dance floor with your spectacular moves! Read more
  • Christina R.
    Christina RapestoMarch 28, 2011
    Extremely crowded and very hot. It also seems as if everyone is in an erotic mood... Very interesting experience
  • Milton G.
    Milton GeorgesMarch 19, 2011
    Bananas. You will sweat for certain
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CrespoMarch 18, 2011
    Want to get hot & sweaty from dancing...this is the place.
  • Jenna W.
    Jenna Wortham March 4, 2011
    Found true love on the dancefloor many, many times here.
  • Neal W.
    Neal WeeseNovember 10, 2010
    Watermelon juice or anything coconut. Awesome DJ on Sunday nights... or pretty much any night
  • Annie T.
    Annie TSeptember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great music. Best ambiance. Try watermelon juice
  • Frank S.
    Frank StathesAugust 29, 2010
    It's hot, it's crowded, it's loud, and it's fierce. Caipirinhas are great to cool you off after hours of dancing.
  • Ari
    AriAugust 20, 2010
    Five dollar beers ! They have red stripe (:
  • Mike D.
    Mike DrawbackJuly 19, 2010
    REALLY crowded when the downstairs is closed, but tons of fun. hold on to your drinks!
  • Anna
    AnnaJune 1, 2010
    Delicious mango guava marg for swayin to 1shantis beats
  • Daniela M.
    Daniela MoralesMay 19, 2010
    THIS SPOT IS OFFICIAL!!!! 2 things: DO NOT GO HERE IF U ARE CLAUSTRAPHOBIC and IT'S STRICLY TO DANCE AND GET CRAZY! LIVE BRAZILIAN BEATS - CONGOS...SO MUCH FUN
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RodJanuary 26, 2010
    As the mayor of this place, I order you to have their Mojito which is simply awesome!
  • Amanda
    AmandaAugust 1, 2009
    if uve ever been to propaganda in Beijing...this is the NYC equivalent
  • Rob T.
    Rob TerhaarMarch 27, 2009
    Go to Bembe and order two Caipirinhas from the bar. Drink them in rapid succession.
  • Jhoan M.
    Jhoan MagallanesAugust 8, 2014
    Excelente musica y buenos tragos
  • Marta S.
    Marta SmithMarch 21, 2012
    Amigo de Curline
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