Fort Greene hot spots like Brooklyn Public House, Frank’s Cocktail Lounge, and Mo’s are certain to be packed on weekends. So for a different kind of bar experience, Karasu is a slightly more expensive, though worthwhile experience. To find it, customers must walk through the back door of Fort Greene’s Walter’s: an Italian restaurant concealing it. This hidden jewel and Japanese speakeasy offers a variety of seasonal food options, all of which are meant for sharing. Along with traditional Japanese fare, diners may order non-traditional dishes like fried pork chops and coleslaw.

Karasu also offers an extensive cocktail menu, including inventive drinks like the ‘Watermelon Man” and ‘Love Supreme’ served alongside classic Japanese drinks like sake, shochu and Japanese whisky to compliment your meal. If you enjoy Karasu, make sure to also check out other hidden Japanese restaurants in New York City. Address: 166 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Dick and Jane’s

Though not much of a secret anymore, Dick and Jane’s is another neighborhood staple with the feel of a speakeasy. Tucked away behind an unmarked wooden garage door, the dimly lit bar is decorated with tiled ceilings and exposed brick. The small, intimate spot features a narrow walking and seats by the large windows, which means it’s likely to be a tight squeeze on the weekend. Take that as a positive sign as the bar’s expertly crafted and seasonal cocktails make the experience quite worth the wait. Address: 266 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn, NY 11205