The indie-pop artist shares her go-to Brooklyn spots for Monday-night music, fishnet tank tops and the occasional 8 a.m. date
The best place to hang on a Monday night.
It’s pretty small, it’s really homey. I think I discovered it because I literally live a couple blocks away.
The first time I was here, I came for the music. It’s Irish—like, classical Irish. Kind of a jam session. It gets packed really fast. Sometimes I’m by myself, sometimes I come with friends.
It reminds me—I went on tour a while back, and in between Berlin and Barcelona, I went to Antwerp. It was a rainy day and I really wanted to see this fashion designer, Dries Van Noten—one of my ultimate favorites. My plan originally was to stalk his studio, but it was thunderstorming, it was a Monday, everything was closed. So I make my way through the fog and I get dinner and I was just strolling the streets. And I came upon this—I heard music from the outside—this 10-piece orchestral band. I went in and it was kind of like this. It was kind of the perfect night. It was so spontaneous, I didn’t know what I was doing, but it was really comfortable, warm. This is sort of reminiscent of that experience.
What’s your go-to drink?
Usually red wine. Or a cider. I’m not a Guinness person—even though I feel like I should be if I’m here.
14 Putnam Ave, (347) 799-2877, hartleysnyc.com
It’s gorgeous inside. Huge skylights, food, drinks… there’s a DJ booth in the back. It’s basically two bars under one building.
I love a cocktail there. They have this one called the Cool Leatherette, and it has balsamic vinegar in it as the finishing note. That’s what makes the cocktail—it’s a great, sort-of unexpected tartness. It’s so good.
Mostly it’s the vibe. It’s lofty, it’s bright. There’s not a pretense there really, for being so beautiful inside. It’s good for late nights and they’re open at 8 a.m. for coffee. I had a date there once at 8 a.m., true story. Who does that? I don’t know!
900 Fulton St, (347) 763-2537, sistersbklyn.com
10 ft. Single By Stella Dallas
It’s right there in Williamsburg, and for me it’s like a vintage mecca. They have men’s, women’s. Everything is sorted by style but it’s also sorted by color, so if you know you want a silk t-shirt, you go to this rack.
It’s not like Goodwill pricing, but you know what you’re gonna get into. They have everything in a rainbow array of colors. It’s Japanese-run so you know it’s super cool. The taste level is there. They’ve got rock ‘n’ roll t-shirts all on the walls and just everything you’d want—belts and shoes and old Converses and fishnet tank tops. It’s great. For me, it’s just a fun place to shop.
285 N 6th St, (718) 486-9487, instagram.com/10ftsinglebystelladallas
The parties that I’ve been to have been amazing. You sweat it out and you dance. I just think it’s a cool vibe and I would keep going there if I didn’t feel like going to the city or Williamsburg, even.
You can come and go. I think I’ve gotten comfortable not having a whole night of planning something. You can be spontaneous, get your fix and go home or do whatever else you want to. Or, if you feel like dancing until 1 a.m., do it.
325 Franklin Ave, cmoneverybody.com
Locanda Vini & Olii
Do you like Italian food? You have to go there. It’s rustic… it’s fucking delicious.
They just have good wine, good charcuterie, homemade pastas, and it’s housed in this old apothecary, so that makes it really, really cool. You can bring your family there, you can bring your date there, you can bring your friends there, you can eat there by yourself—it’s all-occasion dining, but you know you’re getting really, really good food. I’ve never had a bad meal there.
129 Gates Ave, (718) 622-9202, locandany.com
It was created by the people behind Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea. They opened up this big kinda loft space with some food vendors, and they have a full bar and a coffeeshop side and they have pinball… It’s just this huge-ass space.
And what I love also is you can go there and work. They have rows and rows of these long tables and if you’re freelancing, it’s a great place to go because you get all your nutrients and you can stay there for a long time and no one’s watching you. You can get some work done, play some pinball.
During the day, you see a lot of moms and babies there. It’s for everybody. It’s cool.
899 Bergen St, bergn.com
Brooklyn Bridge Park
I had a fashion gig there and I’d never worked in DUMBO before. I would take all the liberties of hanging out in DUMBO as much as I could. Lunch break was walking across the street to the water and having lunch there, freeing your mind from everything.
I think I’m just in love with the bridges, and the whole vibe of “Would You Like It?” and everything brought back such good memories.The bridges [in that video] were, in a subconscious way, [representative of] communication—out of your head, into the world, and to the other person.
334 Furman St, Brooklynbridgepark.org
Prison Ship Martyr’s Monument at Fort Greene Park
I like to go up there on weekends. Walk through the farmers market, walk up the hill, and there’s this huge-ass pillar and there’s a roundabout seating area where I’ve hung out with friends. Sometimes I just like to go into one of those nooks and zone out. I always need those kinds of moments. It’s nice to tuck away for a little bit, chill out and continue on your day.
Willoughby Ave. &, Washington Park, nycgovparks.org/parks/fort-greene-park
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[This interview has been edited and condensed.]