Bembe

Bar / Club / Live Music Venue / Lounge
Bembe The beat is hot and the dancing is hotter at Bembe, a lively but intimate bi-level nightspot that's become a prime place for Latin dance fans to have a few and get feisty. New York United States 40.711077 -73.965144
3.92 5
Bembe - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review The beat is hot and the dancing is hotter at Bembe, a lively but intimate bi-level nightspot that’s become a prime place for Latin dance fans to have a few and get feisty. Upstairs, the ethnically diverse crowd of curvy... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    J, M, Z: Marcy Avenue-Broadway

  • Phone:

    718-387-5389

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th 7:30pm–4am, F–Su 7pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bembe Review

The Scene

The beat is hot and the dancing is hotter at Bembe, a lively but intimate bi-level nightspot that's become a prime place for Latin dance fans to have a few and get feisty.

The beat is hot and the dancing is hotter at Bembe, a lively but intimate bi-level nightspot that’s become a prime place for Latin dance fans to have a few and get feisty.

Upstairs, the ethnically diverse crowd of curvy party girls and athletic hunks bump and grind between the backlit bar and the exposed brick walls hung with vintage photos and relics from the tropics, while singles lean back and eye the competition from the open area by the antique sink hidden behind a beaded curtain.

The large Latino presence at Bembe instills the club with an authentic sense of sexy and spontaneous fun, so that even as dancing breaks out everywhere – including in the seats, in line for the bathroom, and while buying someone a drink at the bar – the sweaty salsa-ing patrons can brush shoulders and pop hips without worrying about being bombarded by pick-up lines.

Those who need a break can head to the spacious lounge downstairs, where danced-out crews of club-hoppers sprawl on couches and overstuffed chairs to schmooze and flirt over tropical drinks and what may be the best mojitos in Williamsburg.

A glowing booth by the door is home to a different DJ every night, who drives the playful crowd wild with mixes of reggae, afro-beat, salsa, and house.

The beat goes live on the weekends when local drummers and traditional Brazilian percussionists pound along to the thumping bass of the PA, while Sundays feature live bands playing dub and Latin jazz.

A night at Bembe doesn’t really get going until midnight, but those late-night booty-shakers looking for a fun and sultry dance experience without the overwhelming club crowds need look no further than this delicious Brooklyn hotspot.

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Tip from Emma:

Don’t be afraid to come by in the wee hours with your group of girlfriends – this is definitely a classy late-night place where you can dance with a real Latin crowd until (almost) dawn without being hassled by drunken creepers.

  • Crowd

    Ethnically diverse mix of outgoing Latino clubbers, Latin dance obsessives, athletic guys, and zaftig brunettes, 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin reggae, Latin, salsa, and house nightly, with live percussionists joining in.

    Theme nights include Cumba Mela Mondays (fusion), Tune-In Tuesdays (lovers’ rock, dance hall), Brooklyn Boogie Wednesdays (funk, soul, reggae), Toque Thursdays (Afro-Latin, boogaloo, salsa), Call To Drums Fridays (Brazilian groove, salsa, live drummers), Rhum Saturdays (global mix, house, salsa, live drummers), and Body Music Sundays (funk, disco, soul, salsa).

    Rotating exhibits of works by local artists. Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Beer $4+, wine $6+, cocktails $7+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dance club attire: collared shirts, tight dresses, tight jeans, aviators, dancing shoes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for large crowds and live drummers.

  • Close By

    Fatty ‘Cue (91 South 6th Street) has a big late-night eats menu and good drink options too. Work up a sweat at Bembe, then get grubbing at Fatty ‘Cue after.

Bembe User Reviews

Average rating:
Even fun for the lead-footed
Chris K. Nov 13, 2012
I don't dance as a principle--it's got something to do with a severe melanin deficiency on my part--so I was originally somewhat loathe to swing through Bembe. When I finally did, however, I found myself charmed, and had a nice time. Not only are there enough people here who are gorgeous, and CAN dance, to make for fun people watching, but the laid-back and jovial attitude that the staff and patrons had immediately put me at ease. Even though I didn't dance a step, I was throwing out zingers left and right, and raising my beer bottle along with the sweatiest of fleet-footed partiers. A whole lot of fun.
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