Party Earth Review Approaching geekdom with a refined palate, the Way Station is the perfect pit-stop for thirsty camp connoisseurs who can appreciate walls hung with ray guns and a bathroom that’s a meticulously faithful reproduction of... ... read full review
683 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11238
2, 3, 4: Eastern Pkwy/Brooklyn Museum; S: Park Place
M–W, Su 4pm–2am, Th–Sa 4pm–4am
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, NEW YORK –
Approaching geekdom with a refined palate, the Way Station is the perfect pit-stop for thirsty camp connoisseurs who can appreciate walls hung with ray guns and a bathroom that’s a meticulously faithful reproduction of TARDIS, the blue interdimensional police box from Dr. Who.
A ruddy wood bar snakes halfway down the tavern, whose exposed brick, industrial ceiling fans, and half-dozen maroon leather booths add to the crypto-Victorian ambiance.
Amid the thicket of 19th-century curios, creative young professionals, vintage-clad steampunkers, and laid-back hipsters fill the air with tipsy, good-natured hollering, and sip pilsner drafts and signature cocktails like the eponymous Way Station, made with absinthe, Cointreau, seltzer, and fresh lime.
Later in the evening, the crowd invariably heads for the back room, where a small stage hosts everything from Dr. Who and Buffy screenings to the Wasabassco Burlesque troupe.
The latter is a New York sensation, with leader Doc Wasabassco promising “shows full of risqué fun, spicy shenanigans, and plenty of saucy striptease” as his bevy of beauties bring traditional burlesque to stages throughout the city and beyond.
Individualist and unique, yet warm and relaxed, The Way Station offers some good kitschy fun for those looking to slip in, grab a pint, and get their nerd on.
Check out The Way Station’s blog for that night’s entertainment before you head out. For some events, like the Dr. Horrible Sing-Along, folks who show up in costume get drinks at Happy Hour prices all night.
Creative young professionals, upscale nerds, burlesque fans, steampunk aficionados, and curiosity seekers, 20s to 30s.
Live bands from jazz to rock, TV screening parties, presentations, and burlesque the last Thursday of the month.
Happy Hour daily 4–8pm. ATM on site.
Suggested band donation $5. Beer $3–$6, wine $8, cocktails $5–$11.
Techy casual: t-shirts, jeans, sneakers, boots, work clothes.
Fridays and Saturdays for the largest crowds, Sundays to see Dr. Who, and the last Thursday of every month for burlesque.
About a five-minute walk away is Soda Bar (729 Vanderbilt Avenue), a cool hipsterish watering hole with good eats and a comfy lounge.