243 Fifth Ave. between Garfield Place and Carroll Street
What it is: A neighborhood hangout with games, free popcorn and a killer jukebox that provides a merciful respite from the breast-feeding crowd that frequents the neighborhood.
Why we love it: Not only is High Dive a Brokelyn Beer Book threepeat featured bar, it’s only gotten better over the years. The free popcorn station has grown to include its own condiments rack and bar snacks now include savory pies for $6 and sausage rolls for $4, and the backyard remains welcoming. The custom curated jukebox full of mixed CDs includes a gamut of good drinking music: Big Star, The Kinks, The Pixies, and the Modern Lovers. Oh, and it’s got two pinball machines. We’re suckers for pinball. (more…)
Expensive storm, free book. Via Concord Free Press.
Hard to think it’s been almost a year since Hurricane Sandy walloped the coastline — after all, some of its most victimized businesses have only squeaked back to life in the past month or so. Even if you spent the summer looking at the damage in the Rockaways while on your way to the beach, the real images of how awful that storm really was are important to remember. Over at the New York Times, our friend Julie Turkewitz writes about The Rockaways, a new photo book from photographer Gilles Peress showing the devastation in Breezy Point and the surrounding areas. And you can get it for free starting today at PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo. (more…)
Summer is over which means our prefered cocktails of the season, namely a can of Narragansett mixed with beach sand and a drip or two of sunscreen, has been put back in the cabinet until next year. But fall is a great time to try out some actual adult cocktails our borough’s fine bartenders whip up with their mixology skills. So here’s your chance to try out some of Brooklyn’s best cocktails, for free! From the folks that brought you the Dekalb Classic, The Smith Street Classic is on all October at four restaurants, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away! Find out how to enter below: (more…)
Monday night I turned 32 years old and got kicked out of a bar for the first time in so many years that I was surely a didn’t-know-better 20-something the last time it happened. To make it worse, it was Hank’s, my local musty dive where the bar for getting kicked out is so high I’ve seen blasted regulars limbo under it while shadowboxing the voices in their heads. Yet Monday, a spilled drink escalated into a shouting match with the bartender which escalated into the throwing of water and mad accusations about tipping, and then the ol’ angry 86. Demerit badge achieved! (more…)
Oh Jesse Pinkman: you were just a humble meth using high school dropout until some teacher came back into your life and forced you to apply yourself. As the world reels from last night’s Breaking Bad finale, the NY Post’s Kate Briquelet spotted this yarn bombing in Bed-Stuy at the corner of Dekalb and Spencer. A search shows that a local designer London Kaye O’Donnell is responsible, according to this DNA.info story, who also did the BB logo on a subway entrance. Now, someone stitch up a tribute to Badger’s Star Trek script, please.
What it is: An intimate little tavern on the edge of Park Slope with a fine cocktail menu, friendly staff and excellent jukebox.
Why we love it: The owners Michael and Ann are so cool you’ll want to become their third partner. The brick-lined space is a great place to meet your neighbors or catch up with old friends. It’s one of those bars you won’t feel like an outcast if you just want to bring a book and read. (more…)
387 Myrtle Ave. (between Vanderbilt and Clermont)
What is it: A North- American-fare-centric sister bistro to Chez Oskar, with quirky vintage decor and an emphasis on TV viewing parties.
Why we love it: The funky inside is complemented by a tree-shrouded backyard, where the bar occasionally hosts musical events. The menu offers a mix to appeal to all palates: its famous Duck Poutine (shredded duck confit with cheese curd, gravy and handcut fries) for meat-eaters; a garbanzo burger (with chickpeas, cilantro, oregano, garlic and shallots) for veggies.
What is it: A gastronomic tavern and wine bar for the “established palate,” with an emphasis on local, seasonal food and good beer, with homemade bread and an old-school sausage machine.
Why we love it: The rustic farmhouse vibe of the Flatbush Farm restaurant makes for great dining at brunch or dinner; the huge, tree-covered backyard at the adjacent Bar(n) provides ample space to spread out with your crew in night or day. (more…)
While One Direction draws legions of tweens who’ve never been to Brooklyn before to mob Barclays Center for the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, the rest of us actual music fans will be 1.7 miles down the street, having actual fun listening to actual music at Brokelyn’s I Wanted My MTV party. You already know we’re going to be showing classic music vids, playing games like Remote Control and the Duran Duran game, singing karaoke and much more. But what about the drinks, you say? The talented staff of Last Exit has whipped up some a special MTV-themed cocktail menu, just for the occasion! (more…)
Tired of the Storm Stoopers hassling your good vibes? Vote anyone for mayor!
Is this finally the year we as a city throw off the shackles of silly drinking policies and liberate our stoops? If you made it to the end of last night’s Democratic mayoral primary debate without drinking yourself into a stupor, you caught moderator Errol Louis lob a question near and dear to our own hearts: “should people be able to drink a beer on their stoops?” To which every candidate — except for the religious Erick Salgado — responded “YES!” Oh, and Anthony Weiner said you should be able to drink one on the beaches and in the parks too, which is a position we agree with, but fuck that guy. (more…)