Not to be outdone by its hip neighbors, Fort Greene and Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill boasts an extensive list of local hot spots and cultural events. Here’s a run-down of the best places to whet your whistle, tempt your taste buds and tease your brain in Clinton Hill.
Music at Hartley’s Irish Pub — 14 Putnam Ave.
Settle in for a well-poured pint at an Irish pub that’s actually, well, Irish. Most Monday nights, Matt Stapleton and his friends strike up ditties and ballads. Combine that with the genuinely Irish owners and bartenders, and you’ll feel transported to County Cork in no time.
Farmers’ Market at Lafayette and Waverly — Near Underwood Park
Clinton Hill denizens no longer have to trek all the way to Fort Greene for their weekly greens. The Clinton Hill Farmers’ Market, operated by Harvest Home, offers up a large selection of fruits and vegetables on Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., from August to November.
Night Trivia at Putnam’s Pub & Cooker — 419 Myrtle Ave.
Line up your savviest pals and arrive early to reserve a table for a seriously competitive night of obscure musical references and perplexing puzzlers. It’s free to participate, but you’ll definitely want to tuck into one of their legendary burgers and wash it down with a pull from their expansive tap list. Voted the best of Brooklyn trivia by Brooklyn Magazine, the fun starts at 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
Sing-a-Long en Español at Busy Bodies — 1004 Fulton St.
Invite your ninos y ninas to show off those Dora the Explorer skills as Anza introduces kids to a love of Spanish through guitar, flute, animal puppets and bubbles! The class gathers every Friday at 10 a.m. and costs just $20 each class.
Shopping at Brooklyn Flea — 176 Lafayette St.
From April to November, more than 150 local vendors fill a sprawling schoolyard every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Browse vintage treasures and one-of-a-kind handcrafts while noshing on the latest edible from an innovative assembly of food trucks.
Brunch at Mekelburg's — 293 Grand Ave.
Tucked behind its own gourmet market on the garden level of an apartment building, Mekelburg’s bar and eatery is a hidden gem in the heart of the neighborhood. Drown your hangover in chocolate babka French toast or make your own sandwich with generous portions of curated meats, cheeses and farm-fresh veggies. Be sure to pick up some specialty foods on the way home to get you through the rest of the week.