Tonight is Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address. Even if you’ve been skipping the last few years’ worth of speeches out of fatigue at hearing the same promises and the same only-root-for-the-home-team bipartisan applause, you should probably watch tonight. Obama is in the well documented national-shortage-of-fucks-left-to-give era of his presidency, so some stuff is probably gonna go down. Maybe he’ll say “folks wanna pop off” again, maybe he’ll say something actually significant about guns, maybe he’ll acknowledge that people living in the American cities matter as much as people living in middle America, maybe he’ll drop a Kendrick lyric. Either way, there are lots of State of the Union parties around Brooklyn and other ways to watch for free. (more…)
You, too, can drink just like your professional ballplayer heroes do. Just don’t do something like this in the bar without asking the bartender first. via Facebook
As we’ve gone over, THE METS ARE IN THE GODDAMN WORLD SERIES. You know how to talk about the games and sound like you’ve been watching all year, if not for years on end, and now you need to know where to watch the games. We’ve got your back, with the best spots to watch the Mets in the World Series these next two weeks and holy shit we still can’t believe we’re typing that. (more…)
If there’s more of this in the Mets’ future, make sure you’re along for the ride. via Facebook
The last time the New York Mets reached baseball’s postseason, this website did not yet exist and all of you still lived in Ohio. On Friday night, our city’s most lovable team will begin the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mets are an exciting young team headlined by excellent pitching; Citi Field promises to be rollicking with its first taste of playoff baseball. This handy Q&A will help you enjoy New York’s only remaining postseason baseball team on a budget. Want to know our favorite bars for watching playoff baseball? Debating whether or not to buy some new Mets merchandise or making the big leap and going to a game? Jumping on the bandwagon and need to brush up on your Mets facts? We’ve got your handy Brokelyn Mets playoff guide right here. (more…)
Dive bars of Brooklyn, we drink to you. Lone Wolf photo by Emily Paup.
A sports bar conjures up images of chads chowing down wings and sexually harassing waitresses who laugh it off for a decent tip. Beer bars have all the brews in our solar system, and bartenders who can write you a dissertation on each one. Gay bars have jukeboxes containing only Robyn. What is a dive bar though?
It definitely shouldn’t be defined by the terrible old cliche of “a place where hipsters rub elbows with [INSERT BLUE COLLAR TROPE]” because that veers dangerously close to giving a cop or a sanitation guy mystical features. It shouldn’t be a place that is cheap above all else, because a hellhole with cheap beer is still a hellhole.
A dive bar is a place that should have cheap beer, yes, but also decent service and some sense of being permanently etched into the landscape. If it’s baffling or intimidating to newcomers, all the better. If you walk into a bar, sit down with your beer and are suddenly being lectured on the terrible decision the Rangers made to trade for goddamn Phil Esposito 40 years ago, you know you’re in the right place. Or at least I know I am. A dive bar, more than any other kind of bar, is a place that acts as a bulwark against a world that is more often completely shitty than anything else.
Some of the bars on this list have existed as bars since seemingly the beginning of time, others are new but well on their way to permanence. Several reject the slummy dive bar aesthetic for something a little snazzier. Due to the sometimes anonymous nature of the dive, this list is far from all encompassing. Still, all these spots share an edge and patrons who don’t give a fuck what you think when you walk in the door. And Brooklyn is all the better for them. — Dave Colon (more…)