Hop off the subway at Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center Station and you’ll find yourself in a thriving community full of art, architecture, and cuisine. The area has changed considerably since the opening of Barclays Center brought a slew of international talent to Brooklyn while paving the way for new neighborhood spots that compliment the local staples that have been here for years. If you’re looking to check out the neighborhood surrounding the Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center stop, keep reading.
620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217
Barclays Center opened in 2012 to eight sold-out Jay-Z shows. Ranked among the top five most popular arenas in the world, Barclays hosts astonishing design, Silver LEED certification, and one of the most intimate stadium seating arrangements in the country. It has also put in plenty of suites, lounges, bars, and clubs so you’ll never be left without options. Home to the Brooklyn Nets and NY Islanders, Barclays Center also hosts boxing matches and concerts. Looking for a memorable night out? Check the calendar to see what’s coming next.
68 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Upscale is an understatement for this Atlantic Avenue legend. If you’re looking to impress someone who enjoys Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese cuisine, look no further than Convivium Osteria. The rustic wood walls are adorned by old copper cookware and lit by the warm glow of lanterns. You’ll feel like you’re in a castle as you’re seated in one of its grey stone rooms beside shelves of rare wines. With homemade pasta made daily, your only challenge will be to choose between the pasta and their other decadent dishes, including octopus, rabbit, and quail. Save room for dessert as well.
Wolf and Deer
74 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217
Open until 2AM Monday through Saturday and 12AM Sunday, Wolf and Deer hosts good food, a warm atmosphere, and a wallet-friendly happy hour ($5 beers and $7 wines) from 5-8PM every single day. In addition to their cheese and charcuterie menu, they offer paninis, mac and cheese, seasonal salads, and standard bar fare. Seasonal cocktails and a sociable u-shaped bar make Wolf and Deer a perfect stop in the new year.
Brooklyn Escape Room
594 Pacific Street, Brooklyn NY 11217
When the most common word in reviews is “amazing,” you know Barclays Center Station has delivered you to a really special place. With multiple rooms available for your puzzling pleasure, Brooklyn Escape Room offers up scary and scintillating experiences that are great for group adventures or fun date nights. Reservations are highly recommended for this neighborhood gem that offers free indoor parking on a first come, first served basis.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is a beloved community arts center and movie theater, with plays, concerts, talks, literary events, and art shows operating year-round. BAM offers after-school programs for kids and educational programs (with scholarships) for adults. Want to put your ear to the heartbeat of Brooklyn? Head to BAM.
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
You know those art houses that feel like they are about you? Where the art is confrontational, questioning, and philosophical down to the paint? The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (or MoCADA) is an exploratory space of art, dance, and the continuous evolution of culture. But this isn’t some uptight, exclusive space—it hosts tours, exhibitions, and youth programs as well. So if you’re checking out the neighborhood between 12PM-6PM Wednesday through Sunday, be sure to stop in.
Atlantic Terminal Mall
139 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217
If you find yourself waiting at the DMV off the Atlantic Avenue/Barclays stop, take a stroll through the Atlantic Terminal Mall for Best Buy, Target, tech stores, clothing stores, and fast food restaurants. The mall draws so many eyes and ears that the entire avenue has become flush with shops: an Apple store, a Whole Foods, Cold Stone Creamery, and virtually unlimited restaurants.
How to get to the Barclays Center Station
If you’re in Manhattan, Barclays Center Station is easiest to reach by hopping on the 2, 3, B, Q, D, or N lines going southbound to Brooklyn. From the Bronx or South Brooklyn, the 4, 5, or R lines will get you where you need to go. It’s also accessible by the Long Island Railroad, if you’re coming from out east. While driving is possible, parking is difficult, and easiest to find if you pull behind the Atlantic Terminal Mall onto S. Portland Avenue or S. Oxford Street.