04/15/15 9:30am

Freelancers who had a stoop sale to cover their taxes, advance planners who already celebrated their refunds at the bar, closeted Brokelyn-reading one percenters: we’ve got one reason tax season doesn’t have to suck: The first ever Brooklyn Cocktail Book is now on sale! Let the bartender muddle away your troubles, and before you’ve even hit that second Pimm’s Cup, you’ll be smiling and ready for spring.


Signature cocktails from left to right, The “Duneagle Castle” and “Handsome Hound” look pretty smokin’ side by side! Via Hunter’s Bar on Instagram

Our Middle Brooklyn Cocktail Book works like this: for $20, you get a pocket-sized, smartly-designed collection of 2-for-1 drink tickets at 20 tip-top bars from Bed-Stuy to Red Hook that serve fresh and creative cocktails. That’s 20 free drinks! And the books are good through Dec. 15, 2015, so you can take your time exploring.

If you’re a cocktail enthusiast, you know your good taste doesn’t come cheap. The Cocktail Book pays for itself in just two bar visits — and then you’re practically making money just by drinking margaritas! Don’t sleep on ordering one—if they’re anything like our world-famous Beer Books, they will go faster than you can say “Bartender, make me a double!”  Here’s the full lineup of participating boozeries:

Abilene • The Adirondack • Branch Ofc. • The Castello Plan • Dick & Jane’s Bar • The Emerson • Ervs on Beekman • Fort Defiance • The Great Georgiana • Halyard’s • Hunter’s • J’eatjet? • Lea • Lowlands Bar • One Last Shag • Project Parlor • quarter Bar • The Saint Catherine • Sea Witch Tavern • Skylark

Smartly designed by local artist Madelyn Owens, our Cocktail Book is the perfect fix for warm weather: how good does it sound to while away a summer’s night in Lowlands’ epic backyard with an icy cold margarita in hand and another on the way? Don a Hawaiian shirt and hula hoop on over to Fort Defiance for a Mai Tai on Thursday Tiki nights? Duck into Dick & Jane’s after a day in the sun and cool off with “The Steve McQueen,” a gin-and-elderflower refresher? 

At Hunter’s on Smith Street, choose from cocktails named after famous hunters, from “Handsome Hound” to “Katniss Everdeen” — because drinking is meant to be fun. And find out what all the fuss is about by trying one of three exclusive Cocktail Book offerings at the tiny Erv’s on Beekman, the diminutive darling of the city’s mixology scene.

Need further convincing? Just take a gander at some of the places your spirited adventures will take you:

Look how purty. "The Steve McQueen" at Dick & Jane's

Look how purty. The “Provence” at Dick & Jane’s.

Cocktails at the Castello Plan. Photo courtesy of Ditmas Park Corner.

Beauchamp’s Promise at the Castello Plan. Photo courtesy of Ditmas Park Corner.

Tiki night at Fort Defiance

Don your best Hawaiian shirt and hula hoop over to Tiki night at Fort Defiance.

The backyard at j'eatjet, your new summer hideaway.

The backyard at j’eatjet, your new summer hideaway.

Get lost at Sea Witch in the South Slope.

Get lost at Sea Witch in the South Slope.

Buy your Cocktail Book today — and pick up a spare or three for friends. Cheers, Brooklyn!

02/06/15 8:00am
brokelyn beer book

Beer would never break up with you.

Flowers and dour, sweets are beat and all those other heteronormative gifts are really heterBOREmative gifts. This Valentine’s Day, don’t disappoint your boo with some Hallmark-approved shlock (or, heavens forbid, a ticket to see Fifty Shades of Grey). Because instead, what says “I love you” more than “here are 30 free beers now let’s go get druuuuunk”?

Today is the last call to order the Brokelyn Beer Book in time for delivery before Valentine’s Day. Our middle Brooklyn (Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, etc) edition already sold out for the year, but you can still buy one for South Brooklyn & Rockaway or our brand new Upper Brooklyn book, which contains coupons for beers at more than 30 bars in Williamsburg, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Greenpoint for just $30! Order one here now; they’re only available once a year! (more…)

01/29/15 11:45am
And that's only 12 beers! Photo by Flickr user Paul Joseph

And that’s only 12 beers! Photo by Flickr user Paul Joseph

Clear off your drinking calendars, drown your Drynuary plans and crack open some new pages in your book o’ boozy adventures because the 2015 Brokelyn Beer Books are on sale right now! As Brokelyn readers know, we curate these books every year so you get more than 30 beers at more than 30 of the best beer slinging watering holes, gastropubs, dives and craft beer bars in the borough. We’re doing two editions again for Valentine’s Day: one for Upper Brooklyn (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, etc.) and one for Middle Brooklyn (Park Slope, Red Hook, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, etc), and we have a few of our first ever South Brooklyn & Rockaway book. Update: the Upper and Middle Brooklyn Books are sold out and currently waitlisted. The South Brooklyn Book is still available.

How much would you pay for so much beer? $100? $200? NO! It’s just $30, only here on Brokelyn. Beer Books make a great Valentine’s Day gift, or just a present for a friend/yourself if you’re not into the whole V-Day scene.  The books usually sell out fast, so allow us to introduce our extraordinary lineup. (Pro tip: if you’re buying one for a friend, get one for yourself.):  (more…)

01/13/15 3:03pm
Look at all these people having a great time. They all heard about it on the Brokelyn email blast. via Facebook

Look at all these people having a great time. They all heard about it on the Brokelyn email blast. via Facebook

If you’re a plugged-in Brokelynite, then you’re already subscribed to our weekend events blast. But if you’re not, then you better do it quick. Why? Aside from the threat of our crushing disapproval, there’s a whole new reason to get on the list—and it starts Monday. In addition to our weekend events blast, we’ll be sending out a lovingly-curated list of the best FREE stuff to do during the week, too.

In case you forgot what free things look like, it’ll run the gamut from movie nights at bars to panel discussions with the rich and famous. We’ll bring you the first word about food, booze, daytime activities and nightly entertainment. Guaranteed gratis, gratifying and oh-so much fun.

As always, we pledge never to bombard you with unnecessary e-mails—you’re just opting in to hear about free events. We blast you once on Mondays for the week, and once on Thursdays for the weekends. If that seems like a lot of e-mails, well, #sorrynotsorry. It’s just ’cause there are so many damn free things to do in this city!

Last but so, so far from least, you gotta be signed up for our mailing list in order to get first dibs on the 2015 edition of our Beer Books. Beat your friends to the punch pint this year, and sign (up) on the dotted line.

01/05/15 12:25pm
Mmm that new bar smell. Check out Covenhoven's tribute to local beer history when you get our next Beer Book. Via FB.

Mmm that new bar smell. Check out Covenhoven’s tribute to local beer history when you get our next Beer Book. Via FB.

2014 was a year of bummer closures in Brooklyn, but leave those negative thoughts in the trash bin because it’s a whole new year. Let’s look forward to the new spots to fill our hearts with warming booze for the year to come. To wit, it’s time for the 2015 Brokelyn Beer Book! Our annual coupon book full of 30 beers at 30 bars for 30 bucks will be on sale soon (sign up for our email list to get first dibs), but first we want to hear from you about your favorite new places in the borough. Which new watering holes are watering your holes best? What saloon is getting your doubloons? What brew pub do you want to give a bro hug?

Let us know in the comments below if you want to see them in the Beer Book! We’ve already got a head start, so to whet your appetite, here’s a partial list of which bars you’ll be seeing in this year’s book (and don’t forget: you can still buy our South Brooklyn and the Rockaways book for 20 percent off, which is a deal you’re literally wasting money by not buying it right now): (more…)

12/20/14 9:11am
The perfect place to shop for a pre-Christmas feast.

The perfect place to shop for a pre-Christmas feast.

If you’re still scrambling for the perfect gift for a beer-obsessed friend and you also happen to be in the mood for some imported Italian meats and cheeses, then get ready to win the weekend today at A.L.C. Italian Grocery (8613 Third Avenue between 86th and 87th streets) where we’ll be selling the South Brooklyn & The Rockaways Beer Book at a special holiday rate. The book offers you (or your favorite beer lover) 28 beers at 28 great bars and eateries, normally $28 but 20 percent off today.  Swing by A.L.C. Italian from 2 to 4 on Saturday to chat with us about your favorite Brooklyn bars and pick up your copy for 20 percent off. If you can’t make it out, we get it, the holidays are a hectic time. Grab a beer book online instead, where we’re also honoring the last-minute special.

12/17/14 10:37am
Sayra's in Far Rockaway looks even better with free beer.

Sayra’s in Far Rockaway looks even better with free beer.

It’s a proven fact: there’s no better Valentine’s Day Gift than a Brokelyn Beer Book. It’s a pocket full of surefire date spots, a non-committal way to say, “hey, I like drinking beer with you” and it lasts longer than a rose in a plastic tube. Plus, they’re beloved by both genders, which is more than you can say about an elephant-nose thong.

Reason #67 (we lost count): They’re on sale! While supplies last, you can get 20% off our South Brooklyn & Rockaway Beer Book. That means you get 28 beers at 28 bars in South Brooklyn and Rockaway for the outrageously low price of $22.40 — practically cheaper than a box of Russell Stover!  (more…)

04/01/14 8:00am
Rent just got Brokelynized.

Rent just got Brokelynized.

We know you wonder every day: why, in this age of Groupons and Seamless discount codes, is there nothing that helps make rent payments a little less heinous? Well good news brokesters: Fresh off the heels of our smash hit 2014 Brokelyn Beer Book, we’re happy to announce our latest project: the long-awaited Brokelyn Rent Book is finally here! We’ve taken the Beer Book idea — which gets you 30 beers for 30 bucks —and expanded it to the thing that forces you to drink so heavily: rent. Obviously, apartments costs a bit much more than a glass of suds, but the gist is the same: for just $300 (that’s barely one night of hoofstew at that trendy new Greenpoint spot, Pigslaw), you get this book, handsomely designed by our handsome in-house team. Each page entitles you to a month’s worth of free rent at 30 of our favorite lovingly hand-selected, specially curated apartments from all around the borough. That’s 12 months worth of rent for only $300!

Check out the list of apartments in it below, which are made possible thanks to the good folks at the New York Landlord Association, who helped us track down these killer apartments and arrange the deals with each landlord. But make sure to act fast and buy one today (or have your parents buy you one): only a limited number are being printed, so supplies, and, to be honest, shared bed space, will run out soon! (more…)

10/04/13 9:48am
Mr. Smith Street goes to Drunkington.

Mr. Smith Street goes to Drunkington.

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…)