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.

We see you, present procrastinators. It’s the week before Christmas, Chanukah is in full swing, and all you have to show by way of gift giving is a bottle of bodega wine someone left at your apartment last party. It’s cool, this is a no judgment zone. Turn yourself from zero to hero with a holiday deals: 20% off our South Brooklyn & The Rockaways Beer Book. That means you get 28 beers at 28 bars in South Brooklyn and the Rockaways for the outrageously low price of $22.40 — cheaper than tap water, kids. (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…)

Ah, Dekalb Avenue, ever so pleasant.

Ah, Dekalb Avenue, ever so pleasant. Via NY Mag.

Cocktails are a magical device usually used to make your daily drinking budget evaporate before your eyes. This is troublesome as Brooklyn’s bartenders have get craftier every year, with homemade bitters and such. Lucky for you would-be mixology lovers that the Dekalb Classic is back this year, and we’ve got tickets to giveaway! The Classic is a competition running the whole month of April between bartenders at five bars on Dekalb Avenue, aka one of the best avenues in New York City, where you get to pick the winner. The $50 tix get you a cocktail at each of the five bars, which, in addition to saving you money over normal cocktail prices, helps raise money for a good cause:  helping the Pratt Area Community Council assist small business and provide affordable housing in the neighborhood. Details on how to win below. (more…)

01/15/13 7:13am


With Drynuary nearly halfway over, we know you’re counting beer bottles to put yourself to sleep. Luckily, while you’ve been weeping into your $9 green-machine veggie shakes, we’ve been hard at work assembling our 2013 Beer Books, otherwise known as the greatest thing ever. Why? Because we love you and your love of bars with local microbrew and otherwise delicious beer selections, even if they might cost a little more to enjoy. (more…)

01/04/13 2:20pm

Beer book

Hey Brooklyn, time to get your drinking faces on for the upcoming return of the Brokelyn Beer Books! For those of you who missed them last time, it’s a book with coupons good for one beer at each participating bar, bars we carefully curate for awesomeness. This is a pretty sweet deal, because other than those small Bud Lights at the bodega that make you feel like a giant, where else can you get a beer for a buck? Yeah, Brokelyn has your back, but we also want to hear from you: what places should we include in this edition? (more…)

09/07/11 9:05pm
Brokelyn Freeshirts

Brokelyn's Aulistar Mark and Tim Donnelly model their Freeshirts. You can too!

Maybe you’ve been to one of our nutso raffle parties or swaps. Maybe you’ve bought a Brokelyn Beer Book and met the crew at one of our BeerUps. So what are the kids at your favorite budget-living blog cooking up next? Here’s what, straight from the Brokelyntific labs: the ridiculously stylish Brokelyn Freeshirt: a t-shirt that gets you so many freebies and discounts when you wear it that it’s practically free. In fact, it might even pay for your pants. (more…)

05/12/11 6:30am

February's Underground Rebel Bingo Club at the Bell House. Via NickyDigital

Ok, listen up: Since you are such an awesome Brokelyn reader, we’re going to let you in on a little secret going down in a secret location in Gowanus that will be a ruckus-y good time. Clear your plans for May 21; you might want to cancel anything on Sunday too, for good measure. There’s an event going down, starting at 9pm: the Underground Rebel Bingo Club. It’s a reinvention of the classic grandma game, a night of pure greatness where you can joyously hold that bingo marker while dancing, drinking and winning fun stuff. How do you feel about getting a discount? Or maybe winning a pair of tickets?! Brokelyn is here for you! Contest ends at 8pm 5/19! (more…)