Chasing a Couple of Mojitos With Ice-Cold Water in Brooklyn, NY
Normally, tasting the salt from the drop of sweat that has just traveled from your forehead into your mouth is an unpleasant experience—but not at Bembe. Here it’s just a physical manifestation that your spirit is doing what it was meant to do—enjoy life. Live drumming from locals and tourists alike beats alongside a head bobbing DJ, who spins obscure and yet widely known world rhythms. The bartender dances samba in place as she takes your drink order, laughing as she pours crushed mint into your cup. The bottles lined up against the raw brick walls glint like holiday lights, their light reflecting on your sweaty collarbone—it’s a celebration of music and dance. Like the magnificent pier in the end of The Great Gatsby, find Bembe by looking for the blazing blue light at the end of the block in industrial Williamsburg.