What it is: Clinton Hill craft beer stronghold, in the top 12 of Zagat’s 2014 list “Hottest New Beer Bars in the USA.”
Why we love it: At Hops Hill, beer is the main affair. There’s nothing to distract you from the mission of drinking good beer, plenty of it. Serious foam-heads will feel like they’ve finally arrived. Host to regular tap takeovers and themed drinking events like ‘Imperial Stout night.’
What to order: Pick from 12 constantly rotating taps, 53 bottles and 11 cans. Expect to see local NYC breweries like Single Cut and Barrier Brewing represented among American crafts like Evil Twin and Thirsty Dog along with an assortment of international selections. Whiskey-wise, the Hill boasts 80 different high end and small batch bourbons, ryes and single malts. Charcuterie and cheese plates will help you soak it all in.
Regular tip: Try one of the beer cocktails!—like the Nightcall, made with bourbon, imperial Stout, honey syrup and mole bitters—to mix it up.
Nothing makes the olds around here happier than seeing members of the Brokelyn Alumni Club go on to bigger and other things. Longtime readers may remember Alison Pels’ seminal work on freeloading at museums and her bravery and fortitude in hydrant-testing drugstore makeup with the other Broketown Ladies. She is also the journalistic powerhouse behind the definitive investigation into whether Dr. Bronner’s really has 18 uses. (Spoiler alert: maybe.) Now she’s plying her smarts on pastry dough with Pels Pie Co. (446 Rogers Avenue), her pie shop, bar and coffee house opening today in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens with all kinds of merriment, then open daily from 7 to 10. Stop by, but don’t do any of these things! Mean time, here’s more on how Alison rose from the ranks of the doughless and achieved what 1 in 3 Brooklynites only say they’re going to do: (more…)
Delilah’s wants you to get your cheesesteak on, fo free. via Facebook
We’ve got to hand it to ‘em: Philly did a pretty good thing when they invented the cheesesteak. Thinly sliced beef, melted cheese, sauteed onions and peppers, if you’re trying to be healthy…you might even say it’s a sandwich worth celebrating. Luckily, the holiday fairies agreed when they created National Cheesesteak Day, and to tout the noble feast, Delilah’s Steaks is giving away their cheesesteaks for free all day on Saturday. (more…)
We’re not sure what’s in those boxes but we’ll eat it anyway. via Flickr user Robyn Lee
Sunset Park is the largest of Brooklyn’s Chinatowns. Yep, there’s more than one. Follow this guide and discover what to see, where to go and what to eat, and you’ll quickly fall in love with the bright and dizzying culture. Whether it’s the incredibly cheap produce or the inexpensive snacks, there is sure to be something that you’re going to want to purchase — but the people-watching and window -hopping game is strong in this neighborhood, so even just a couple bucks is enough to make a day of it. (more…)
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.
What it is: The newly expanded coffee shop from the folks behind the Greene Grape is a vast, airy space, with ample room for laptop workers during the day, or a great bar anytime.
Why we love it: The fine folks at Greene Grape continued to grow their empire by opening this corner mecca of good coffee, baked goods and good times. The design is like a landlocked cruise ship, with big communal tables and window-side cushiony lounges that allow for great conversation spaces.
What to order: The coffee bar serves Blue Bottle and Oslo coffee, house-made pastries. The bar has a rotating selection of 10 craft (but not snobby) beers. Pop by in the morning for one of its signature breakfast sandwiches, and check back for its new night menu.
Regular tip: The bar is starting to partner with its across-the-street neighbor Greenlight Books to host literary readings (Sarah Vowell appeared there already) in addition to other cider, cheese and more events.
Despite the fact that we’re a blog that encourages people to do things like saving money through the power of cooking your own damn food, we understand it’s nice to go out sometimes. We also get that it’s nice to feel like you’re doing a good deed. Also it feels good to drink a lot of beer. Tonight, you can do all of those things, because Williamsburg Japanese spot Cherry Izakaya (138 North 8th Street) is rolling out $1 beers and complimentary food just for you. Well, you and whoever else shows up. (more…)
How bad do you want one of these Luke’s rolls right now? Via flickr user chopstix2steaknives
Guys, it’s almost sixty degrees outside today! The weather is probably giving you a heady buzz—not to mention a bunch of hallucinations about the weekend in Montauk you’re saving up for (is it just me, or did other people think/hope that the Hamptons episode of Girls was a broke person’s fever dream?). Warmer temperatures also mean more fish in the water, so your favorite seafood treats are back on restaurant menus. Not quite ready to splurge on a lobster roll? That’s okay, neither are we. But here’s some fun news: we got an email letting us know Luke’s Lobster will selling their lobster rolls at their Brooklyn Bridge Park location for just $10 this Friday. (more…)
What’s better than gummy bears? Gummy bears full of vodka! Photos by Daniela Ramos
St. Paddy’s Day is synonymous with pub crawls, Irish car bombs, and drunken good times. Or a nauseous green blur. Either way, we face the very real struggle of getting piss drunk without breaking that annoying open container law or burning holes in your already shallow pockets.
The answer to your tipsy Saint Paddy’s Day needs are drunken edibles, easy to make liquor-filled treats that will probably lead to a mouthful of cavities. But it’s so worth it. Eat responsibly. (more…)
What is it: Halyards is a low-key spot with a nautical feel, located surreptitiously in industrial Gowanus.
Why we love it: Its relaxed atmosphere, affable bartenders and reliably clean surfaces. There are a wide variety of beers on tap, and a seasonal cocktail menu. Bring anyone you’re trying to impress — like a date or friend you haven’t seen in many years. The pool table, dart board, and bowls of Jenga blocks break up the awkwardness, and the music is never loud enough to be intrusive.
What to order: The Root & Ginger Beer for $10. A great choice for those of us who are indecisive about our soft drinks–and wish that root beer was actually alcoholic.
Regular tip: The owner is British, so it definitely feels more like a pub than a bar.