03/20/15 8:06am
clench and release

It was a rough winter for all of us, including Charla

We were big fans of Charla Lauriston’s first season of her web series Clench and Release, which if you haven’t watched, you should watch here right now. Obviously other people were too, because Lauriston parlayed that and all the other stuff she did into a writing job on the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you worked your way through that too and still want some Charla, you’re in luck, because Clench and Release season 2 is about to drop, and you can see it premiere live and catch stand up from a bevy of Brooklyn comics next week at Littlefield. (more…)

The Halyards.

Halyards.

Halyards
406 3rd Avenue (between 6th Street and 7th Street)
Gowanus
(718) 532-8787

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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.

03/09/15 4:15pm
BeerProv Champion

It’s your duty to decide: who will win the BeerProv Mug of Champions? Photo via BeerProv.com

Do you ever get the feeling that something is missing from improv? No, we’re not talking about a script, or a set, or costume design, which are also all missing from improv. We’re talking about beer, and for the first time in Brooklyn, that’s going to change, thanks to beer-drinking improv troupe and competition, BeerProv. (more…)

03/04/15 4:21pm
Looks action-packed.

Looks action-packed.

Not content with just being a place to get a good workout without being around a bunch of aggro bros talking about reps, Brooklyn Boulders is now expanding into the exciting world of cinema. Considering how good they are at providing kinetic entertainment, we’ve got a feeling their sedentary effort will be fun too, and if you think so you can find our tomorrow night at the premiere at their first ever movie, a documentary following one their first volunteers around his home country of Turkey. Best of all, because you’re reading Brokelyn, you can do it for half-off and get your ticket for just five bucks. (more…)

03/03/15 2:17pm
You know, sewer peole stuff. via The Technodrome

You know, sewer peole stuff. via The Technodrome

For all the talk about how Brooklyn is a desiccated, used-up wasteland when it comes to creative endeavors, we still manage to be able to be privy to some pretty weird shit. Hot on the heels of last weekend’s live reading of a script about Peter Cetera, a young trumpeter and the apocalypse at Shea Stadium, we get yet another bonkers live script this week, this time a soap opera about sewer creatures from the mind of Jo Firestone. Oh and Jon Glaser will be there, in case you missed him at Shea Stadium. (more…)

02/20/15 2:46pm
mr. lower east side

Start your week with a little man ass. Screenshot via Bomb Kreuger

Brooklyn has long been home to pageantry of all shapes and sizes, but this week we’re welcoming a contender from across the river. Bowery Boogie noticed that the 16-year-old institution “Mr. Lower East Side Pageant” was recently exiled from its usual Manhattan venue (the Cake Shop) for getting a little too raunchy. But hey, that means it’s just right for us! This Monday night, February 23, at Lucky 13 Saloon in Gowanus, you can watch as 10 men compete in a series of uber-femme categories like “Best Male Tits” and “Congeniality.” (more…)

02/17/15 12:02am
black gold morbid anatomy

Celebrate getting a downer with your upper. via Facebook

It is cold out, so cold that the glimmer of hope in your eyes is starting to fade. Still, it’s best to get out of the apartment this weekend, and we’ve got a party where you can immerse yourself in death and still have some fun. The Morbid Anatomy Museum has an outpost of coffee shop/record store Black Gold (home of the crazy $1 record sales) and they’re officially welcoming it with a free party on Saturday night at 7pm. Even better? The weekend also comes with free admission. (more…)

lowlands bar coat drive

If you’ve got an extra coat with a good hood, you can turn it into a free drink. via Flickr user Ed Yourdon

You don’t need us to tell you it’s miserable outside, but hey let’s just remind you: it’s fucking miserable and cold and snowy and wet outside. You probably have a winter coat though, which is fortunate because it makes the misery a little less miserable. Not eveyone is that lucky, but you can do something about it this month. If you’ve got an extra winter coat sitting around the house, now is the time to donate it, because Lowlands Bar will give you precious, precious alcohol in exchange for said coat. (more…)

01/30/15 9:51am
gowanus rabbits

::Greg Sniper voice:: All these rabbits have syphilis. Photo by Margaret Bortner

Brooklyn was captivated by the story of the Gowanus rabbits, a warren of bunnies living in an abandoned lot near a tire shop that were described by their caretaker as “angry, hardened city rabbits and possibly carnivorous.” The story got a little less cute when the police and animal welfare workers seized a bunch of the rabbits to during Monday’s blizzard to make sure they didn’t die of exposure, and now things have gotten even less cute because it turns out a bunch of the rabbits were full of rabbit syphilis. Man, this story about about hundreds of rabbits living in an empty lot near a Superfund site got real dark real fast. (more…)

01/28/15 4:04pm
gowanus art

Something like this, but maybe not this exactly. Mural by Tonky Designs, via Flickr user Jason Eppnik

Arts Gowanus is putting out the call for artists to send in plans for new public works to be displayed all throughout the neighborhood, which is good news for the, what 3 artists in Brooklyn that aren’t already millionaires lounging on private yachts? If you’ve got a concept for a love letter to that most canal-est of neighborhoods, send it on over to Arts Gowanus and have the chance to see it come to life in your very own backyard. They’re looking for pieces that capture the history, diversity, and community of Gowanus, and bonus points if you can visually express exactly what that smell coming off the canal resembles. (more…)