Kinky Demure shows off everything that 2016’s got left (#2) (pic by Shane Velazquez)
1. Dance your way into New Year’s weekend at The Interlude, with visiting French DJ Boulaone spinning Congolese-influenced and -inspired rock & roll all night. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, FREE)
2. Cap off this horrible year at Rhinestone Gorilla: Dystopian Holiday, with “brave new acts about our brave new world” from Kinky Demure, Angelique A’LaMode, Bourgie Bourgeois, Faux Prophète, and more. (Friday, Bizarre, $10–$20 suggested)
What it is: A charming locals’ bar with plenty of soul and sound. From an impressive jukebox to even more impressive daily live performances, this candlelit bar is a great time any night of the week. Also home to Underdog Guitars, a carefully curated selection of vintage guitars for sale and on display. A definite music hub for the neighborhood.
Why we love it: Live music, funky guitars, a large and inviting backyard (heated in winter, people), eight rotating taps, and plenty of great cocktails on the menu. It’s easy to see why this Cortelyou bar quickly won the hearts of locals and live music lovers alike. It’s busy but not packed, so grab a seat and enjoy the nightly 9pm performance. Check the calendar first because often it’s jazz, but many other musical genres grace the stage—either way rest assured that music is a constant and loud. Bring friends or lovers who are into live music and want to see a great performance. Good for groups, something more intimate or basically anything. (Did we mention live music?)
What to order: Craft beers on draught, wines by the glass, a solid selection of whiskeys and agave based spirits. For cocktails the Mezcal Mule is a must-have. Plenty of free bar snacks.
Regular tip: The jukebox is praiseworthy enough with its fantastic selection of albums, but slip 2 bucks in there and you’ll get 7 songs!
Beer and flowers and then more beer sure sounds like a nice way to spend a day.
Hey there, winter weary homebody who’s just dying to get out of the house. Have you listened to our frequent entreaties to go to Ditmas Park and have some fun there because it’s a really nice neighborhood full of great places to eat and drink and cool houses to stare at when you’re kind of tipsy and sad you’ll never own a house? If you still haven’t, March is the month to do it, because March is Eat and Shop Your Heart Out Cortelyou, which means Cortelyou Road will be home to both pub AND sandwich crawls this month. (more…)
1. Franklin Park Reading Series: Novel Night features two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey along with four other authors. Don’t worry though, you won’t have to listen to them read their entire books. (Monday)
3. Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) has a new novel and he’s talking about it at BookCourt, and while it’s not Trainspotting it is sadomasochistic tale of shared psychosis, so it’s clearly still weird. (Monday) (more…)