Science classes in Brooklyn bars

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It is a fact (that we made up) — science is better with booze. And Story Collider isn’t the only bar-based science event in town — Brooklyn is teeming with events where you can simultaneously expand your mind by learning about neuroscience, astronomy, and biology, while destroying your brain cells with alcohol. Here are a few coming up soon.

Secret Science Club

This monthly nerd-a-thon at the Bell House in Gowanus gives you the chance to listen to professional geeks talk about their subject of expertise at length. Previous topics have included incandescent fish and theoretical physics. Each edition also includes a Q&A and a thematically relevant cocktail special.

The Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510,]. Aug. 12 at 8 pm. Free.


Art meets science meets beer. ArtLab is a sporadic series that combines the artistic with the scientific — past events have included people creating music from brainwaves, and an exploration of neuroscience and filmmaking. For its next edition, ArtLab is teaming up with SciArt Center for a speed-dating style mixer where artists can meet space-focused scientists for cross-disciplanary discussions about the cosmos and even potential collaborations — so long as they have, ahem, chemistry.

Science and Art: Under the Stars at Pacific Standard [82 Fourth Ave. between St. Marks and Bergen Streets in Boerum Hill, (718) 858–1951,]. Aug. 12 at 7 pm. Free. Email to sign up.

Astronomy on Tap

You don’t need to go outside to learn about the stars. This monthly series pairs the celestial with the digestible, inviting space scientists from prestigious institutions to speak at various bars, along with games, giveaways, and glow sticks. The next edition will feature presentations about supercomputers and galaxy clusters, among other topics.

The Way Station [683 Washington Ave. between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights, (347) 627–4949,]. Aug. 14 at 7 pm. Free.

Empiricist League

For those who want just the facts, ma’am (and maybe a whiskey and cola), the Empiricist League holds events dedicated to bringing science and creative types together to toast the power of the scientific method. This next edition will see a neuroscientist, an evolutionary psychologist, and a data nerd from OKCupid discussing the science of love.

Union Hall [702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400,]. Aug. 19 at 8 pm. $8 advance, $10 at door.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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