Explore Around Our Gowanus Hotel

A Growing, Exciting Neighborhood

Gowanus is a lightly industrial area of Brooklyn centered around the Gowanus Canal. Its history dates back to the mid-1800s. Today, the neighborhood's old warehouses are being converted into art spaces and restaurants, while the neighborhood is experiencing a revitalization. While you stay at our Gowanus hotel, you'll get to see this growing neighborhood up close. Here's our guide to the best things to do in the area.


Gowanus has become one of the city's biggest artistic neighborhoods, and Arts Gowanus organizes Open Studio Tours throughout the year. You can see public art created by local youth at the Groundswell Murals and throughout the neighborhood. The Gowanus Arts Building hosts shows throughout the year, including many dance performances.


The area has many diverse shops. 718 Cyclery offers bike rentals for $25 a day, perfect for getting around the borough. No Relation Vintage has great finds for the canny shopper. Article& is a classy boutique with many independent labels. Before you leave, check out the Gowanus Souvenir Shop, which sells Gowanus-themed souvenirs and art from local artists.


Gowanus is home to some of the borough's best venues. Littlefield and the Bell House host comedy shows, concerts, and great cocktails all throughout the week. They're great places to catch a cheap show and see up-and-coming artists. Canal Bar is a neighborhood tavern excellent for a relaxing night out, while Lowlands Bar features good cocktails and an inviting atmosphere. Royal Palms Shuffleboard brings back the classic game with a great selection of beers.


There's plenty of food in the area. For a big meal, head to Dinosaur BBQ, whose excellent barbecue will leave you full long after you leave. The Pines has a seasonal menu along with an outdoor patio that's perfect in summer. Four & Twenty Blackbirds is a lively cafe with a delicious menu. If you feel like cooking yourself, Whole Foods has a whole array of fresh, delicious ingredients. 

Stay at our Gowanus hotel for a convenient stay in the heart of Brooklyn.