02/15/17 1:10pm
Happyfun Hideaway

Bushwick’s Happyfun Hideaway is just one of the wonderful bars that await you in the 2017 Brokelyn Beer Books.

We all fall into the same bar patterns over and over again. Maybe you stick to the same few spots where you know the beer selection and the burgers are juicy, maybe you frequent the same beer hall because it’s your weekly trivia spot, or maybe you just stick to your local because it’s, well, local and you’re lazy. But this is Brooklyn, the best borough in the best city in the world, where the diversity of bar options is second to none and not to be taken for granted.

So to help you break your bar rut and aid you on your boozy exploring, check out our new 2017 guide to Brokelyn approved bars. In it you’ll find 60 of our favorite dives, gastropubs, rooftop bars, breweries and legendary pubs, from Greenpoint and Bushwick to Bay Ridge and Coney Island. And each one is featured in our new 2017 Brokelyn Beer Books. The books give you 30 beers for just 30 bucks at this spot, making them the perfect companion to going on bar adventures. Grab yours now before they sell out!

01/03/17 2:00pm
The 2017 Brokelyn Beer Books are coming soon! Tell us which bars you want us to include

Via life_of_chuck on Instagram.

If you live in Brooklyn and drink beer, then you’ll be psyched to know that the 2017 Brokelyn Beer Books are coming out soon! So we’re asking you now: what bars, breweries and restaurants you want to see in this year’s editions?

Both Brokelyn Beer Book editions for 2017 are going on sale at the end of this month and we want your help choosing the bars. We love all bars (and extra love bars who participate in the Beer Book), but we’re taking it to the e-streets, AKA this blog post, to get some intel on what YOU want to see more of.

What bars, breweries and restaurants were your favorite spots to hit in 2016? What new business do you think would make great fit for Beer Book 2017? We want names and reasons, too, whether it’s that you found yourself wanting more places with food, loved bars with sweet backyards, or hanker for brews in businesses that double as venues, movie theaters or coffee shops. (more…)

12/22/16 12:27pm
The Pour House of Bay Ridge has teachers bartend on Fridays; learn a thing or two. via FB

The Pour House of Bay Ridge has teachers bartend on Fridays. We give their bar game an A. via Facebook

This article appears as part of Brokelyn’s “Year in Review” series, which will continue throughout the week. 

Drinking has gone from habit to necessity in the year 2016, and Brooklyn’s bars have undoubtedly reaped the fruits of our misery. We certainly don’t fault them for being on the come-up in the wake of America’s comeuppance. We’re just glad to have a constantly revolving door of solid places to drown our sorrows, revel in what’s left of our hopes and dreams, and occasionally get our taxes done in the process.

In that spirit (never gets old), we present to you: This Year in Bars, in the form of beer and shot specials you might find at any of our borough’s fine watering holes. Which one of our specials/bar roundups suits your tastes and qualities best? Read on to gain that liquid knowledge, my friend, and here’s hoping our livers survive the next four years.  (more…)

11/01/16 2:41pm
Bar Velo, a vegan cyclist's paradise.

Bar Velo, a vegan cyclist’s paradise. All photos by Sam Corbin/Brokelyn.

On the same unassuming Broadway corner under the subway tracks in South Williamsburg where the former Café Moto used to welcome patrons for new American fare and live jazz, now sits Bar Velo. On the outside, the trappings are the same: rusted metal front door with a kitchen-style keyhole window; neat chalkboard font promising live music inside; in place of a “BAR” sign, a cruiser bike, hanging about eight feet overhead and jutting out onto the sidewalk on the South side of Broadway.

On the inside, a flatiron layout pinches the space toward the entrance. Tour de France art and cycling paraphernalia lines the walls. Decorative taps sit next to real ones, and sprigs of fresh herbs poke out of glasses at the bar.

Does it get anymore Williamsburg than this? (Spoiler: It does.)

We got to chow down on an all-vegan snack menu, decidedly the standout feature of the bar (as per Brokelyn’s vegan-heavy editorial staff). $9 for lentil paté may seem steep — let’s be honest, it is — but with a dearth of cheap all-vegan bar menus in the borough, Bar Velo has pretty much “cornered” the market (get it? Because they’re on a corner).

Since Brokelyn is also your premier source for all things two-wheel friendly, this caught our eye. And in honor of World Vegan Day (a real thing), it ought to catch yours, too.  (more…)

gowanus yacht club

It’s waiting for you… via Facebook

This maybe wasn’t the coldest or the snowiest winter we’ve ever had, but the fact that it just never seemed to die made it feel more miserable than most. But let’s forget all that bullshit like scarves and hats and gloves and cranky rich people and focus on the important things in life: The Gowanus Yacht Club opens today at 5pm, which means that we’ve officially lived through the most bitched-about on social media winter ever. We did it guys, so let’s drink! (more…)

04/18/14 10:05am
skinny dennis brooklyn

Here’s Skinny Dennis, so we know there’s at least one. via Facebook

Brooklyn is a borough of many tastes all colliding together at once, which gives you plenty of options when it comes to nightlife. If you’re into it, we probably have it. With that being said, it still struck us as odd that Barclays CEO/sentient hashtag Brett Yormark told the Hollywood Reporter that Brooklyn has 385 country bars (thanks to a heads up from Atlantic Yard Report’s Norman Oder). That’s a lot of twang! And also possibly just made up out of thin air? Join us in trying to name all of these bars. (more…)

03/25/14 10:54am
coven hoven

Everyone there is spellbound. via Facebook

Humpday got you down? Lift your spirits — and maybe invoke a few — at Covenhoven, Brooklyn’s newest beer shop/tap room/garden in Crown Heights that’s celebrating its physical and spiritual arrival with a grand opening party free to the public on Wednesday, March 26 from 7 to 11pm. The event will also serve as a NYC tap takeover, featuring fine brews from five of our own local purveyors — well, one from each of four boroughs and one from upstate. Can you guess which borough is missing? Way to go, Staten Island. What are they, ruled by an evil clown or something? (more…)

How drunk do you need to get for $15/lb cheese to be a  good deal? via Crain's

How drunk do you need to get for $15/lb cheese to be a good deal? via Crain’s

The Gowanus Whole Foods is slowly but surely taking shape, and now that they’ve got their hiring out of the way, it’s time for them to start giving out more exciting news. For instance, your grocery shopping is about to get a little hazier, because the store is going to have a rooftop bar to go along with its rooftop farm. Man, Urban Outfitters must be pissed. (more…)

09/19/13 9:07am
"Jesus," you think, "I'm never gonna get a beer." Or will you...? Photo by Mary Dorn

“Jesus,” you think, “I’m never gonna get a beer.” Or will you…? Photo by Mary Dorn

We’ve all been there: at the bar, it’s crowded, and all you want to do is get your drink and get back to your date and hey who’s that guy talking to her? So you try in vain to get the bartender’s attention but it just isn’t working. Will you ever get a drink? Now with this one simple trick, you’ll get the bartender’s attention and get back to your date in no time. (more…)

You've still got time to darken the door of this dark bar.

You’ve still got time to darken the door of this dark bar.

Have a good weekend guys? Avoid being trapped by hipsters? Maybe do a little repenting? Did you go to Jackie’s Fifth Amendment expecting to have a very meaningful time because it was supposed to close Saturday? Well, we’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that you didn’t have a meaningful experience, because of the good news, which is that the bar is still open. For how much longer, no one knows. (more…)