03/23/15 1:00pm

The Way Station

The Way Station
683 Washington Ave. between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue
Prospect Heights
(347) 627-4949

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What is it: A steampunk, sci-fi bar and nerdvana with whovian mixed drinks and decor.

Why we love it: It’s the bar you’d find on lonely outpost in an asteroid belt, were Victorian England to have colonized space. This place is no slap-dash Trekker bar; it’s a love note to classic sci-fi (like Doctor Who) with red vinyl booths, brass-fitted beer taps, and ray guns behind the wall. Add to that one or two musical acts almost every night on an intimate stage and you have an experience that can’t be found anywhere else in Brooklyn. Bring anyone with an opinion on which Doctor was the best or your friend who goes to steam punk cos-play. Friday afternoons are teacher appreciation happy hours: “All funds (a.k.a. fines charged to bar patrons for poor public behavior) collected in the bar’s ‘Douche Jar’ go towards an emergency teacher fund to help with parking tickets, budget cuts or other inconveniences experienced at their job.”

What to order: Any one of their cocktails. We love the Dark and Stormaggedon which is ginger beer, rum, and lime.

Regular tip: The toilet is a recreation of the Doctor Who TARDIS time machine/space ship, a British police call box that is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

03/19/15 11:00am
Probably a better option once your monthly runs out.

Probably a better option once your monthly runs out.

As the ugly MTA fare hike looms over us, we at Brokelyn have been looking through our couch cushions in desperate search of the monthly MetroCards we’ve been holding on to for when we get a “real” job that forces us to use the best/worst subway system in the world. Why? Because that obscenely-expensive $112 30-day card we bought after the last fare hike is going to be worth less than the Weimar Papiermark come March 29th.

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koda bushwick

Sure, the price is from another century, but make sure your tips aren’t. via Koda

Last Wednesday we told you about what we thought would be a one-time $1 beer deal at Bushwick’s Koda to help usher in the warm weather. After drinking a few last week, we sorely wanted this to be a regular thing. We reached out to Koda and they gave us the inside scoop: last week’s special worked so well they’re continuing their $1 beer deal throughout the spring season! (more…)

koda bushwick

Here be $1 beers. via Koda

Spring! It’s finally here! We are so used to bracing ourselves against the arctic blast after leaving the subway that we were practically throwing our clothes off at 42nd Street today. Old habits do die hard, though, like our propensity to drink constantly just to make our way through winter. (Really the only thing keeping us warm was the burning sensation where our liver should be.) No matter. Let’s celebrate the warm weather by drinking dollar beers, which Bushwick Daily helpfully pointed out is exactly what’s bring offered at Koda today. (more…)

02/22/15 4:30am
Left in Las Vegas (via Medium)

Left in Las Vegas (via Medium)

On Support: “We ignore them to death.” [NR]
On a Roll: “Was it always this rough?” [Grubstreet]
On the Screen: “I’M LOVIN’ IT, I PROMISE I’M LOVIN’ IT!” [FastCo]
On Chasers: “…an unpaid speeding ticket can land you in jail.” [CNN]
On Ends: “And yet others pass by more quietly.” [Lapham's Quarterly]
On Long Shots: “Are you interested in keeping your child alive?“ [Reductress]
On Deaths: “Epically scaled neon signs and letters loomed over us…” [Medium]
On Lines: “The distinction between apostate and sinner may appear subtle…” [Atlantic]

02/15/15 4:30am

Wish you were here. [via The Smithsonian]

Wish you were here. [via The Smithsonian]

On Placement: “The bar is where it’s at.” [Yahoo]
On Tape: “It has changed our world.” [Telegraph]
On Feedback: “Welcome to the Internet of Things.” [Slate]
On Hold: “Our lives fundamentally suck because of it.” [Vice]
On Air: “FLOATING WALKING WORKING IMAGINING” [Air and Space]
On Correlations: “Today, the abortion hypothesis holds less water.” [TMP]
On Bucks: “Many of the teachers noted their students’ need for a solid education.” [EW]
On Sounds: “The above two reasons have pushed young people out of the region…” [CityLab]

02/08/15 4:30am

Two steps… back [via WaitButWhy]

On Lasts: “Will it be a nice God?” [WBW]
On Route: “time-for-maps likes this” [mapporn]
On The New Poverty: “Another week, another breathless report…” [WaPo]
On Bucks: “How much money is currently in your bank accounts?” [Medium]
On Personality: “Every protest imaginable was at one time held there.” [reddit]
On Menaces: “Not everybody is taking the feline bully seriously, though.” [Time]
On Doomed to Repeat: “…even the greatest moralists … never criticised slavery.” [Guardian]
On This Is Important So What Are You Going To Do About It?: “About $8 billion is spent each year for New York City residences that cost more than $5 million each…” [NY]

01/26/15 11:29am
Tastes enough like meat that you'll wonder if it actually is.

Tastes enough like meat that you’ll wonder if it actually is.

The city might be gearing up for a snowpocalypse at the moment, but don’t let that distract you from the important things. For instance, you have about three hours to snag your free Chipotle burrito before the entire city implodes in a cloud of powdery snow. What’s that? You haven’t heard about the burrito chain’s big push to bring its Sofritas vegan burrito to the masses? Well, the deal is, you buy one of their new tofu-based gut-bombs and you can get another free burrito of any type in the future. The only catch? You have to eat tofu and you can only use your voucher between tomorrow and February 28. (more…)

01/25/15 4:30am
Location, location, location. (via Curbed)

Location, location, location. (via Curbed)

On Bubbles: “$100.4 Million” [NYT]
On the Clock: “Time no longer seems unlimited…” [Nation]
On Goals: “So, you want to be a professional adventurer?” [AH]
On Similarities: “‘It isn’t just chasing clicks,’ she says.“ [Gigaom]
On the Rocks: “…Death Valley is one giggle after another.” [LAT]
On Rebuilding: “Overgrown lots and stray dogs remain in the area.” [Curbed]
On Concerns: “Our concern is not with the proverbial “few bad apples…” [Medium]
On High: “…with Steinmetz and his camera hanging out of the open door.” [New Yorker]
On Landscapes: “I suspect people are starting to notice that I have lost my mind.” [Berfois]
On Demon Rum: “That’s 5,554 deaths and 157,132 hospital admissions a year…” [Guardian]

Alchemy Bar

Alchemy Restaurant & Tavern
56 5th Ave. (5th Ave. and Bergen St.), Park Slope

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What it is: A cozy, low-key pub in Park Slope with a rotating set of hard-to-find beers, an extensive cocktail menu, and excellent food.

Why we love it: Alchemy is the perfect place for a date, a casual meal, or enjoying a quiet drink and a book. Its die-hard set of regulars and bartenders who remember your name make it feel like a local pub. You’ll also find secluded tables and booths if you’re looking for a little privacy and a great outdoor patio if you’re looking to chill outside during the summer. Need WiFi? They’ve got that, too.

You won’t find greasy bar food here. Four different menus — breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner — have something for the vegan, the veggie, the foodie, or the guy who just wants a good burger. The chorizo eggs (brunch) is a great way to start a Sunday, while the wild mushroom barley risotto with truffle oil (dinner) is one of the many uncommon treats you can share with a date. And if you do have a hankering for some chicken wings, you can get those, too, during the way affordable weekday happy hour.

What to order: Alchemy’s beers rotate every couple of weeks, but you’ll always find a stout, an IPA, a pilsner, an ale, and special seasonal beers on tap. Pair one with the gooey shells and cheese or the Monday Mussels deal—a dozen mussels for six bucks!

Regular tip: The bar was named Alchemy because at the time the owner was reading up on the ancient art of chrysopoeia, thanks to the Da Vinci Code.