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Night Out in Gowanus


The Bell House is a great venue to plan an evening around. Enjoy an NPR recording, standup, or a live show and grab a drink before hand at Bar Tano on 3rd Ave and 9th Street. After the show stroll down 4th Ave and enjoy dinner at Oliver Bistro. The owner Olivier has created a warm and cozy destination perfect for diners of all ages. Enjoy a carafe of house white and a bistro steak!

Samantha RazookSamantha Razook

Samantha is the Founder of Curious Jane - an educational content company for girls ages 6 to 11 – with projects and curriculum revolving around science + engineering + design. In addition to being a Founder and a Mom to her two daughters, Samantha knows Gowanus, having run her business in the neighborhood for over 8 years and counting.

Bar TanoRestaurants & Cafes
Dimly lit Italian bar/bistro that draws both neighborhood locals & Bell House show-goers.
(718) 499-3400website
457 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Delicious casual Italian eatery with a solid Happy Hour and an outside area when the weather is ideal. It's just around the corner from The Bell House so it's the perfect place to grab a drink or a little bite before or after a show!

© photos courtesy of Bar Tano
The Bell HouseMusic & Records
Big-name acts & up-and-comers play at this big bar/performance venue set in a former warehouse.
(718) 643-6510website
149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

An evening of The Moth? Taping of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me? Standup Comedy? Live music? Find it here! The Bell House is the creation of Jim Carden and Andy Templar, the pair behind Union Hall. Converted from a 1920s printing press, the venue opened in 2008 and has been hosting new and venerable performances since.

© photos courtesy of The Bell House
Olivier BistroRestaurants & Cafes
Classic French bistro fare for breakfast, lunch & dinner in a charming location with a small bar.
(718) 768-6600website
469 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Classic french bistro with a great vibe and delicious food. It's a casual restaurant open breakfast through dinner, perfect for any combination of family and friends. The owner, Olivier, has truly created a destination on a busy, industrial stretch of 4th Ave and right near the 4th and 9th street train stop.

In the morning stop by their coffee window and grab a pastry. In the evening enjoy a carafe of house wine and a bistro steak as well as the lovely music trio that often performs on the weekends.

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