The Adirondack Bar

The Adirondack Bar

The Adirondack
1241A Prospect Ave. (between Reeve & Greenwood), Windsor Terrace,
718-871-0100

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What it is: A welcome addition to the growing Windsor Terrace bar and restaurant roster from the guys behind Abilene and Lowlands.

Why we love it: Aside from the fact that it literally could not be closer to the G and F trains at Fort Hamilton (proximity to Prospect Park makes for convenient Saturday afternoon refueling), this nod to one of our favorite mountain ranges is down-to-earth, homey and date-friendly, even if your date is of the parents’ night out variety.

Achieving much more than looking woodsy and serving good drinks (though that would be enough for us), the Adirondack is dedicated to serving hard-to-find New York brews from Saratoga to Port Jefferson, some recent selections ranging from the Hudson Valley’s Newburgh Brewing Hoptron Smoked Gose to Holbrook, Long Island’s Spider Bite Boris the Spider. On top of supporting the Empire State’s resurgent craft brewing community, the bar is also adamant about not running out of Genny Cream Ale in cans or Labatt Blue, “an honorary beer of upstate New York,” according to owner Paul Hamill.

What to order: With twelve rotating taps and an all-New York draft list, you’d be remiss not to try a well selected winter warmer like Port Jeff’s Coffee Porter Nitro, or a contract brewer’s latest hop achievement like Rushing Duck’s War Elephant Double IPA. The bar also serves hot soft pretzels from Pelzer’s of Crown Heights and sandwiches from HBH in Carroll Gardens—keep it classic with a Classic Pretzel and Classic Grilled Cheese.

Don’t overlook their cocktail menu of classics including a margarita with St Germaine for a refreshing, herbal twist, and signature drinks with nods to upstate NY, like grown-up creamsicle the “Fort Orange Julius” of Stoli Vanilla, fresh grapefruit and Saranac Orange Cream Soda. Order “The Adirondack Life,” an Old-Fashioned made with Rittenhouse Rye and sweetened with Alaskan birch syrup, and you’ll really feel like you’re living it.

Regular tip: There happens to be a vintage Pac Man machine in the back, so if you’re waiting on a date or socializing isn’t your thing, go reacquaint yourself with Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde.

The Adirondack is one of the featured bars in the 2015 Cocktail Book, on sale now! 

Don't forget to tit your bartender. Via Boobie Trap Facebook.

Don’t forget to tit your bartender. Via Boobie Trap Facebook.

Boobie Trap
308 Bleecker St., (at Irving), Bushwick,
347-240-9105

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What it is: A funky corner bar that looks like a little girl’s dream room crossed with a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Why we love it: The vibe here is pure adult sleepover party fun: boobs adorn the walls, and the tables are inlaid with board games like Candyland and Scrabble. Grab a page of the rated-R coloring books or study the collection of dolls hanging around the bar.

What to order: The selection here is gloriously cheap and divey, full of good cans like cheap speckled hen and value meal beer-and-shot specials. The bar’s food menu is the tits too: it’s loaded with BBQ, such as pulled pork, spare ribs and smoked seitan, with sides like potato salad, baked beans and brussel sprouts.

Regular tip: Owner Kristen North was a bartender at several spots around the city including the Knitting Factory before opening Boobie Trap last year. At night, the curtain comes down and the bar’s signature “Fuck off” sign glows in all its glory.

02/06/15 8:00am
brokelyn beer book

Beer would never break up with you.

Flowers and dour, sweets are beat and all those other heteronormative gifts are really heterBOREmative gifts. This Valentine’s Day, don’t disappoint your boo with some Hallmark-approved shlock (or, heavens forbid, a ticket to see Fifty Shades of Grey). Because instead, what says “I love you” more than “here are 30 free beers now let’s go get druuuuunk”?

Today is the last call to order the Brokelyn Beer Book in time for delivery before Valentine’s Day. Our middle Brooklyn (Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, etc) edition already sold out for the year, but you can still buy one for South Brooklyn & Rockaway or our brand new Upper Brooklyn book, which contains coupons for beers at more than 30 bars in Williamsburg, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Greenpoint for just $30! Order one here now; they’re only available once a year! (more…)

01/29/15 11:45am
And that's only 12 beers! Photo by Flickr user Paul Joseph

And that’s only 12 beers! Photo by Flickr user Paul Joseph

Clear off your drinking calendars, drown your Drynuary plans and crack open some new pages in your book o’ boozy adventures because the 2015 Brokelyn Beer Books are on sale right now! As Brokelyn readers know, we curate these books every year so you get more than 30 beers at more than 30 of the best beer slinging watering holes, gastropubs, dives and craft beer bars in the borough. We’re doing two editions again for Valentine’s Day: one for Upper Brooklyn (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, etc.) and one for Middle Brooklyn (Park Slope, Red Hook, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, etc), and we have a few of our first ever South Brooklyn & Rockaway book. Update: the Upper and Middle Brooklyn Books are sold out and currently waitlisted. The South Brooklyn Book is still available.

How much would you pay for so much beer? $100? $200? NO! It’s just $30, only here on Brokelyn. Beer Books make a great Valentine’s Day gift, or just a present for a friend/yourself if you’re not into the whole V-Day scene.  The books usually sell out fast, so allow us to introduce our extraordinary lineup. (Pro tip: if you’re buying one for a friend, get one for yourself.):  (more…)

01/05/15 12:25pm
Mmm that new bar smell. Check out Covenhoven's tribute to local beer history when you get our next Beer Book. Via FB.

Mmm that new bar smell. Check out Covenhoven’s tribute to local beer history when you get our next Beer Book. Via FB.

2014 was a year of bummer closures in Brooklyn, but leave those negative thoughts in the trash bin because it’s a whole new year. Let’s look forward to the new spots to fill our hearts with warming booze for the year to come. To wit, it’s time for the 2015 Brokelyn Beer Book! Our annual coupon book full of 30 beers at 30 bars for 30 bucks will be on sale soon (sign up for our email list to get first dibs), but first we want to hear from you about your favorite new places in the borough. Which new watering holes are watering your holes best? What saloon is getting your doubloons? What brew pub do you want to give a bro hug?

Let us know in the comments below if you want to see them in the Beer Book! We’ve already got a head start, so to whet your appetite, here’s a partial list of which bars you’ll be seeing in this year’s book (and don’t forget: you can still buy our South Brooklyn and the Rockaways book for 20 percent off, which is a deal you’re literally wasting money by not buying it right now): (more…)