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By: Kristen Hunt and Lee Breslouer
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Though pockets of it are still captivation strong, best of Brooklyn has been swept by a sea of trilby-wearing millennials with waxed beards, who aloof wanna accord aback to the adjacency with an artisanal dog amusement shop, you know? But the New York apple is far from the alone gentrified hotspot in America. We angled up the best Brooklyn 'hood in every distinct state, based on metrics including contemporary restaurants, "craft" cocktail bars, bike friendliness, and, of course, burghal expansion. By the time you accomplishment account the list, they apparently won't be air-conditioned anymore, so bustle up:
AlabamaAvondale (Birmingham)Occupancy in this Birmingham 'hood attempt from 25% to 75% in aloof four years as added and added adolescent bodies apparent its potential. As Fast Company credibility out, Avondale benefited from a $3 actor esplanade advance and aboriginal brewery, both of which opened in October 2011. SAW's Soul Kitchen and broiled cheese aliment truck-turned-restaurant MELT helped pad out the place's reputation, which is abiding to body alike academy aback the Hotbox dudes' brick-and-mortar spot, The Wooden Goat, opens its doors.
AlaskaSpenard (Anchorage)Anchorage is still a adequately "new" burghal in some respects, aback a adverse 1964 convulsion took out abundant of the town. That agency it's had beneath time to hone the indie sectors, but Spenard has still managed. The abode acclimated to be way seedier (think ladies-of-the-night seedy), but the area's accumulated spots like Tap Root (bar with Mason jar ganache on the menu), Average Way Cafe (coffee boutique with bags of bounded art), and Appellation Wave Books (used bookstore that's additionally the bigger book boutique in the state) in the afterwards years.
ArizonaPie Allen (Tucson)You'd apprehend a academy boondocks like Tucson to baby to the young, apish coeds. But you ability not be able for aloof how far the Pie Allen adjacency (named for a acclaimed bounded baker) is accommodating to go. Aboriginal there's the Aliment Conspiracy Co-op, whose alternative of aggregate herbs and homeopathic remedies would accomplish Accomplished Foods blush. Two doors bottomward is addition herbs annex and beyond the artery you'll acquisition Antigone Books, a 100% solar-powered indie bookstore. Accumulate affective up N 4th Avenue and you'll hit an espresso shop, a best accouterment store, a boom parlor, a recycled art shop, and alike one of the best-named bedfast in America (the Surly Wench Pub). Aloof to be clear, this is all on one block.
ArkansasArgenta (Little Rock)Coffee and ball are both badly accepted in Brooklyn, and you can get both in the aforementioned abode in Argenta: The Joint. It serves artisan broiled coffee during the day, and actor and ad-lib at night. If that's not your speed, there's consistently Mugs for alike added ability coffee. It's appropriate bottomward the artery from Reno's Argenta Cafe, a adjacency basic that's been acceptable Arkansas with sandwiches, wraps, and pizza for 10 years. The 'hood's afflicted a lot in that decade, with new houses beginning up breadth abandoned lots already were, and abandoned barrio now abounding with new business. And while you've been able to get a pint at Diamond Bear aback 2000, Argenta is prepping to acceptable addition brewery: Flyway Brewing is aperture soon.
CaliforniaSilverlake (Los Angeles)Over-the-top moustaches. Suspenders. Ability coffee. Over-the-top moustaches and suspenders on bodies SERVING CRAFT COFFEE? Sound familiar? It should: Silverlake's so hipster, there's a agitation about whether it's one chat or two. Seriously. It's additionally home to affluence of little kids cutting Ramones shirts, music venues that bifold as art galleries, and bodies dressed in bound jeans and long-sleeve shirts aback it's frigging 95 degrees out. Forth with its also-gentrified next-door neighbor, Echo Park, Silverlake couldn't be added Brooklyn -- aloof don't acquaint the suspendered, moustachio'd barista cat-and-mouse in band for artery tacos. He may not booty it well.
ColoradoHighlands (Denver)I started autograph for Thrillist what feels like a actor years ago but was alone about four. At the time, I was tasked with autograph about Denver's new bedfast and restaurants, and I generally begin myself in the Highlands. Or Highland. Either way works. Bottom line: it's the epicenter of new Denver. Seemingly the absolute adjacency is currently actuality adapted to outrageously priced avant-garde townhomes, but aback in backward 2008, Root Bottomward was New York Burghal chef Justin Cucci accomplishing a one-man advance by axis an old gas base into a restaurant that garnered civic attention. Nowadays, abounding of Denver's finest restaurants and bedfast are based in LoHi (Lower Highlands) -- the speakeasy Williams & Graham, the beer alcazar Ale House at Amato's, Linger (Root Down's affinity resto), and because this is Denver -- breweries. Adjacency faves like Prost and Denver Beer Co. affection huge alfresco patio scenes, and there are additionally tucked-away gems like De Steeg. Add to that aberrant coffee at Black Eye and a affable adjacency boner with an eye on sustainability at Western Daughters, and it's accessible to see why the Highlands are Denver's Brooklyn.
ConnecticutWooster Square (New Haven)New Haven: now acutely safe for hipsters! Though Yale acceptance accept continued been warned about venturing into the amiss genitalia of the city, New Haven's gentrifying with the best of 'em. And Wooster Square is apparently the prime example. The abode is home to the world-famous Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and basically the alone ball club in the area, Joker's Wild. Vegetarian eats and amoebic coffee are accessible at Fuel. And if you feel like demography pole-dancing classes by the park, well, there's that, too.
DelawareTrolley Square (Wilmington)If you've anytime looked at a map of the US, you apperceive Delaware is tiny. And if you haven't, you're missing out! Maps are baller as hell. As you ability imagine, Trolley Square is not a ample adjacency in what is not a ample city: Wilmington. And yet, it's a vibrant, earlier Irish 'hood with an arrival of adolescent whippersnappers admiring to bedfast like Scratch Magoo's, the athletic Logan House, Trolley Tap House, and Catherine Rooney's. Brew Ha Ha! provides the coffee for the neighborhood, and there's the requisite atom for brunch that uses amoebic ingredients, Fresh Thymes. Bring your bike -- it's accessible to hop on the adjacent Delaware Greenways bike aisle with that new fixie.
FloridaWynwood (Miami)Wynwood is not a abode bodies in Miami live, but it's absolutely a abode in which they drink. Ten years ago it was a barn commune afterwards abounding places you'd appetite to alcohol in at all (unless bubbler in alleyways was your thing), but residential development is able-bodied underway, and there are affluence of affidavit to appetite to alive there: bedfast like Wood Tavern, Coyo Taco's "secret" drinkery, and Gramps; breweries like Wynwood Brewing, Concrete Beach, and J. Wakefield; and eateries like Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Joey's, and the anew opened Alter. In the daytime, there are affluence of murals to figuratively alcohol in, as able-bodied as coffee, breadth Panther's the go-to roaster. If you anticipate art should be bedfast to the central of buildings, there are affluence of art galleries to absorb and/or abandoned your wallet.
GeorgiaLittle Bristles Credibility (Atlanta)Little Bristles Credibility has been nationally accustomed for its hipsterdom (see Forbes) and it's accessible to see why, aback you've got aggregate banana book-record shops and archetypal dives like Euclid Avenue Yacht Club in the mix. Acts like Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds army to Aisle 5 (formerly The Bristles Spot), and austere burger nerds will acquisition nirvana at The Vortex, which has an access shaped like a deranged skull.
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HawaiiKakaako (Honolulu)Kakaako's the affectionate of abode that has glassy specialty coffee shops (Brue Bar) central self-proclaimed botanical boutiques (Paiko). Getting the picture? If not, conceivably the deconstructed cockle pot pie with lobster abridgement at Chef Chai, chargeless graffiti workshops at 808 Urban, or the account of new barrio planned for development (in 2013, the Hawaii Community Development Authority ball-parked up to 30) will help.
IdahoNorth End (Boise)Idaho ability be one of the best bourgeois states in the country, but walking about the North End of Boise, and aloof North of Boise State's campus, you could be bamboozled into cerebration it's alone abounding of hipsters. There's affluence to accumulate the boilerplate youngin' happy, including acclimated copies of a David Foster Wallace atypical at Hyde Esplanade Books, Cafe Vicino for adorable Italian food, and beers from the year-old nanobrewery Cloud 9. And for a hipster with an alfresco bent, which is to say best bodies active in Idaho, the North End is calmly amid abutting to the Boise Foothills trails.
IllinoisLogan Square (Chicago)Having taken the breach appellation belt from its Blue Band acquaintance Wicker Park, Logan Square checks all the Brooklyn-y boxes: there's a whiskey bar with an artisanal donut pop-up shop, an indie coffee boutique that's a accumulate of flanneled musician-people (the numbers go up on farmers' bazaar Sundays), and a best amphitheater that will ball Amplitude Jam at midnight as it serves you Daisy Cutter tallboys. Nary a new restaurant or public-works activity can accessible afterwards the requisite gentrification pot-stirring, although with account of the neighborhood's Discount Mega Mall set to become "Logan's Crossing," a behemothic accommodation circuitous and retail space, there's no agnosticism Logan Square will be "over" in the abutting bristles years. Adore the Negroni slushies while they last.
IndianaFountain Square (Indianapolis)Craft breweries like Fountain Square Brewery are a quick bike ride from a alive few blocks that accommodate an astronomic ball circuitous with duckpin bowling, a bold allowance in Imbibe, a pub in End of the Line, and the smoked meats bazaar at the Smokehouse. Aloof a few accomplish abroad there's English-style pub aliment at Red Lion Grog House, caricatural and ball at White Rabbit Cabaret, coffee and gelato at Funkyard, and the alarmist cultural center/comic-book boutique Hero House. And for the hipster who would rather ball a lath bold than watch TV, there are 1,800 options of lath amateur to accept from at Bold Paradise.
IowaEast Village (Des Moines)It's accept if Barcade never expands out to the Hawkeye State, because this hip Des Moines 'hood has its own adaptation in Up-Down, a video bold bar with 40 archetypal arcade selections and skee-ball. If that's not your kinda bar (who are you??), there's alive music at The House of Bricks and history at Blazing Saddle, the city's oldest gay bar. You can get all your adorned affable food at the bounded "culinarium" as able-bodied as all sorts of adorned dog sweaters at Jett and Monkey's. And don't balloon about Zombie Burger, the crazed burger collective to beat.
KansasDelano (Wichita)Says a barista at Reverie Coffee Roasters aloof bottomward the block from Delano, "I grew up there aback it was gnarly, afore gentrification happened." Delano has changed, and it packs in absolutely a bit of hipster agreeableness in its tiny domain, with the vinyl bazaar at Spektrum Muzik, Monarch for ribs, sandwiches, and a accomplished lot of bourbon (Delano Barbeque Company is addition solid option), Hatman Jack's for the fedora of your dreams, and Vagabond for coffee during the day and Kansas ability beer at night. Or you can accept a beer in the morning... we're not the bang-up of you.
KentuckyNuLu (Louisville)People in bottom 'hoods will absorb a apathetic Sunday affairs accolade at an artisan bakery, bubbler a latte in a coffee shop, and activity almanac shopping. NuLu has all of that in one building, and it's alleged Please & Thank You. NuLu's delights don't stop there, as RYE on Bazaar offers alive music in the summer and bone-in ribeyes at night. A account flea bazaar (The Flea Off Market) offers beer and affair to sip on while perusing antiques and best clothes. It's no accompaniment that startups and the artistic chic are absorption to the 'hood, abnormally aback there's ping-pong, ability cocktails, and appetizing pizzas all in one place: Garage Bar. Louisville is acutely all about abstraction acceptable actuality in with added acceptable stuff.
LouisianaBywater (New Orleans)The Ninth Ward has civic ballyhoo acknowledgment to Hurricane Katrina, but this accurate subset, the Upper Ninth, accepted as the Bywater, got an arrival of artists and restaurants afterward the 'cane's destruction. Alongside rapidly ascent hire prices and Airbnb battles due to the circadian change-out of 20-somethings, there's the much-beloved Satsuma Cafe for your circadian juice, marrow-topped burgers at Oxalis, abstruse pop-up-turned-brick-and-mortar pizza collective Pizza Delicious, and alive music and wine bar Bacchanal, which has been a bounded admired for years, but is adverse its battles with babble complaints from newer residents, aloof like abounding Brooklyn agreeable standbys afore it.
MaineMunjoy Hill (Portland)You'll see "Shop Local: Accumulate Portland Independent" stickers on abounding storefronts in Munjoy Hill, and they acutely booty that albatross actively -- no Starbucks are allowed. (But several indie coffee shops are!) Affective forth the sidewalks, you'll spy places with names like Pistol Pete's Upholstery Shop, Homegrown Herb & Tea, and Mama's Crowbar. There's additionally an arts centermost and the requisite hire spikes.
MarylandDowntown (Frederick)I grew up about 15 account alfresco city Frederick, and if you had told me that abode was hip 10 years ago, I'd attentive point you to the bounded account about monkey rodeos. But aback a acquaintance of abundance from the Eastern Shore appropriate it ability be the Brooklyn of the state, it fabricated a abominable bulk of sense. Bounded hero Bryan Voltaggio actively upgraded the dining arena with Volt in 2008. Cafe Nola, an amoebic breakfast atom that additionally throws late-night ball parties, opened the year prior. Now, the 'hood has absolute bookstores like Curious Iguana, a specialty tea boutique with 300 varieties, and assorted yoga studios. Plus the not-at-all-cool Civil War Medicine Museum, for acrid afternoon pilgrimages.
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MassachusettsSomerville (Boston)People acclimated to alarm the abode "Slummerville," but nowadays, the edgiest actuality you'll acquisition in Somerville is the dude who tries to bastard his best covering alembic into Bronwyn. (Or maybe the guy who got kicked out of the midnight Blue Velvet screening at Somerville Theatre afterwards one too abounding Harpoon Munich Darks.) You can pop by Union Square Donuts for a vegan blush lemonade donut, account some candied secondhand vinyl at Somerville Grooves, and adore a Tenacious Tea (rye, tea-infused dry vermouth, honey, orange bitters) on the patio at Brass Union all in one apathetic afternoon. Aloof acceptable luck award an affordable accommodation there.
MichiganMidtown (Detroit)Though Corktown additionally gets mentioned a ton, the gentrified brilliant of Detroit is Midtown. For one thing, it has a Accomplished Foods -- as acclaimed in a Vice commodity that additionally name-checked the area's "fixies and absolutely baby dogs." Fair Trade-certified Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company is aloof a few account away, as is a analgesic tapas collective by the name of La Feria. Shops like Burghal Bird would attending appropriate at home in Portlandia (put a bird on it!), while the absorption of theaters, concert venues, and museums should agitate philistines to their absolute core.
MinnesotaNortheast (Minneapolis)Every added adjacency in the country, accord up: there can be no added Brooklyn affair in the cosmos than a restaurant, bar, mini golf'd, and Ferris wheel'd ball circuitous fabricated accurately for adults alleged Betty Danger's Country Club ("the country club for the 99%," as they alarm it). It's additionally account acquainted that Northeast has bigger ability beer than 99% of the country, as apparent by 612Brew and Dangerous Man Brewing. And afterwards you've had a beer or two is the best time to assay art, which isn't a botheration aback there are 400 artists alive in the 'hood, with affluence of arcade spaces about to advertise their goods.
MississippiFondren (Jackson)Cups has been in Fondren for 22 years, confined ability coffee they buzz themselves a brace of afar away. But 22 years ago Fondren did not accept a adapted average academy with assorted bounded must-visit businesses (the restaurant Saltine, the concert area Duling Hall breadth civic headliners stop by, and the taco collective Babalu). Twenty-two years ago there was not a huge auberge and a massive accommodation circuitous actuality congenital to abutment all the adolescent professionals and medical acceptance in the 'hood. There wasn't a sneaker boutique alleged Swell-O-Phonic. And there absolutely wasn't a speakeasy in a abode that acclimated to be a biologic abundance (now alleged The Apothecary at Brent's Drugs). In fact, it was an absolute alive pharmacy until 2009. Now it's a "soda fountain" that serves breakfast all day called, not strangely, Brent's Drugs.
MissouriWestport (Kansas City)A big accede to Cherokee Artery in St. Louis for its Brooklyn-esque qualities, but Westport on the added ancillary of the accompaniment is the spot. Westport is, aboriginal and foremost, an ball district. It's breadth you affair and eat like a baron -- at Port Fonda for Mexican, at Dave's Stagecoach for the jukebox and a beer, at Kelly's for a Guinness in a pub that's been about always but breadth the audience has, well, shifted, and at Julep for a cocktail with an egg white in it. During the day there's affluence to do as well, whether you appetite to chase for an anthology at Mills Almanac Company to bandy on your carriageable almanac player, grab a coffee at the 20 year and still activity Broadway Roasting, or get secondhand accoutrement at Arizona Trading Company.
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