01/14/16 12:05pm
The Nation of Swine (far left). Via Iron Station BK.

The Nation of Swine (far left). Via Iron Station BK.

Okay, so it’s January. The holidays are over, the temperatures are plummeting, and everywhere you look, people are struggling to stick to their oh-so-virtuous New Year’s resolutions. Some of this writer’s most ambitious friends are even trying for “Dry January,” eschewing alcohol altogether in an effort to atone for December’s eggnog and prosecco binges. Which … you know … good for them. But as for the rest of us, we need a little somethin’ to get us through the darkest and coldest stretches of winter. Luckily, we Brokelynites have plenty of winter cocktail options in the borough to keep us warm, tipsy and happy! Here are a few fabulous examples, all of which can be acquired on a 2-for-1 basis with the purchase of Brokelyn’s Cocktail Book! (more…)

12/15/15 2:27pm
One last shot for bonus drinks at Lowlands Bar

One last shot for bonus drinks at Lowlands Bar

December 15 is a very important day in a year that’s usually not filled with important days. Hm? No, it’s not important because it’s the last day you can buy health insurance for 2016 (although your parents would probably appreciate you doing that). It’s important because today is the last day you can use any tickets you’ve got left from the first Cocktail Book we published earlier this year. Lucky for you that your last night for bonus cocktails is happening on a typically mild and beautiful December night, eh? (more…)

12/11/15 3:19pm
You could be making yourself a summer moment by Monday at Selamat Pagi if you pick up a Brooklyn Wine Book this weekend

You could be making yourself a summer moment by Monday at Selamat Pagi if you pick up a Brooklyn Wine Book this weekend

We’ve been telling you about how awesome our cocktail books and wine books are recently, going over how for just $25 and $20 respectively, you can get bonus drinks at some of the best bars in Brooklyn. There’s no bad way to buy one of the books, which are available now and make wonderful gifts for you or your friend or both of you, but maybe you’re the type of person who hates online shopping because there’s a delay from when you buy your thing to when you have it in your hands. Good news: We’ll be hanging out at two holiday markets this weekend, selling cocktail books and wine books. (more…)

11/18/15 11:01am
A Brancolada from Donna in Greenpoint. The second one is on the house.

A Brancolada from Donna in Greenpoint. The second one is on the house.

Valentine’s Day is coming and Brokelyn has your back.

Do your shopping right here with our one-size-fits-all, can’t-fail, damn-this-is-so-much-fun offering: a new edition of our previously sold-out Brooklyn Cocktail Book, a pocket-sized collection of 2-for-1 drink tickets at more than 25 of the borough’s best bars. 

Our new  $20 Brooklyn Cocktail Book is jam-packed with incredible new places alongside some of our favorites, all across Brooklyn:

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10/06/15 10:24am
Cocktail Booking at  Castello Plan, via @jamessaraseaknee on Instagram.

Cocktail Booking at Castello Plan, via @jamessaraseaknee on Instagram.

In April, we introduced you to our new Cocktail Book, the junior partner to Brokelyn’s ever-popular Beer Book series. Packed with great places including Erv’s, the Great Georgiana, Lea and Branch Ofc., the Cocktail Book sold better than hotcakes. (Because who wants a hotcake when you can have free liquor?)

In response to the demand, we’re giving the people want they want: more! More margaritas! More mai tais! More daydrinking all winter long! More of THIS:  (more…)

Swim in liquor at the Sea Witch Tavern

Swim in liquor at the Sea Witch Tavern

Sea Witch Tavern
703 5th Ave (21st & 22nd)
South Slope

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What is it: South Slope stand-out with unique seafaring décor and a maritime-tinged food menu that specializes in fried clams.

Why we love it: Sea Witch gains major points for its mythical name alone. But the bar manages to pull off a theme without buckling under its own kitsch. Highlights include a behind-the-bar saltwater aquarium and a large backyard featuring other sea souvenirs. Add to that a thoughtful menu and a kitchen with its own dedicated window, and you’ve got the kind of place that we could imagine Captain Ahab taking a comely wench for, like, the third or fourth date.

What to order: Select from 20 taps of American craft beers from the likes of Bells, Founder’s, Sixpoint and others. The $5 beer and shot special won’t disappoint. To eat, the fried clam belly sandwich is probably the way to go here, though they also have specials that grab your eye. The buffalo fried oysters with bleu cheese are pretty decadent and amazing. Obviously those who appreciate seafood will enjoy Sea Witch but their landlubber fare (especially the hamburgers) has been developing a stellar reputation.

Regular tip: The original Sea Witch was known as the fastest clipper ship to leave from NYC for China during the tea trade. It set a round trip record to Hong Kong of 74 days. So this bar really has fast food.

Enjoy 2-for-1 cocktails at Sea Witch with the Brooklyn Cocktail Book!

07/01/15 3:42pm
What's better than one cocktail? Getting the second one free. Instagram photo via Jessica_de_m

What’s better than one cocktail? Getting the second one free. Instagram photo via Jessica_de_m

Hey! You! Yes you! The person who doesn’t have a cocktail in their hand right now! Why are you not carrying a cocktail in each hand? Yeah, we know you’re super busy tweeting funny jokes about peas in avacado, but this is more important. There are only a handful of Brooklyn Cocktail Books available. What do you mean you don’t know what we’re talking about? OK, we’re going to school you right now. 20 Brooklyn bars, 20 coupons for 2-for-1 cocktails, so that’s 40 cocktails! With you only paying for half of them. All for just $20 bucks. 

06/17/15 1:51pm
Whatever happened to Acme Beer? Vintage beer cans via Wikimedia.

Whatever happened to Acme Beer? Vintage beer cans via Wikimedia.

It’s that time of year when we have to think about our dear old man. Sure we never really got into sports and we never got into bumping Johnny Cash in the whip, but we mostly share one thing with poppa, and that’s the love of alcohol. It’s always a great moment when we get to crack a cold one and chill out with dad; it always makes us feel more grown up than marriage or paying taxes. So to thank dad for help giving your life (and money), how about you don’t buy him socks he doesn’t need or a watch he probably already owns, and get him some books. Not actual books, but our awesome Brooklyn beer books so he can get free booze whenever he wants to get away from his bratty grandkids. We have some excellent options for you.  (more…)

06/06/15 12:14am
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BEFORE: a romantic dinner for two.

Does a typical night consist of falling asleep in your kid’s bed after scraping the mac & cheese crust from the pot? Sneaking out after bedtime for an overdue Fairway shop and splurging on stinky cheese? Or the worst fate of all… going to a school concert?

I see your Pirate’s Booty and raise you mom jeans. But there’s new hope for us shut ins, and I’m here to tell you about it.  (more…)

From left to right, signature cocktails "The Duneagle Castle" and "Handsome Hound" look pretty smokin' together! via Hunter's on Instagram

From left to right, signature cocktails “The Duneagle Castle” and “Handsome Hound” look pretty smokin’ together! via Hunter’s on Instagram

Hunter’s Bar
213 Smith St. (Baltic and Butler)
Boerum Hill

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What it is: Classic cocktail bar and New American restaurant on Smith Street.

Why we love it: The cocktails are all named after famous hunters—Katniss Everdeen, Handsome Hound, Boba Fett—which shows that Hunter’s is a laid-back establishment with a tongue-in cheek bent. But that doesn’t mean they don’t take the quality of their food and libations very seriously. You can get a really excellent meal here of locally and sustainably sourced dishes inspired by Chef/owner Angelo Schifilliti’s Italian heritage.

What to order: Can’t wait for episode VII? Geek out with the “Boba Fett” made with Brooklyn Republic Vodka, pear nectar, Grand Marnier and star anise. Enjoy 2-for-1 cocktails from 4- 7 daily, or anytime with our Cocktail Book, and half-price wine bottles on Sundays. To eat, go for a house made pasta and one of their fresh, inventive salads, such as the farro and bacon. The mushroom pot pie and rolled stuffed pork chop are among the wholesome, delectable entrees. Sit at the bar and share the mussels and a cheese plate made up of selections from Stinky’s just down the street.

Regular tip: Host a private party or event at Hunter’s—pick from their pre-fixe packages “Arrival at the Lodge” “A Hunter’s Feast” or “Avant-Chasse Brunch.”

Enjoy 2-for-1 drinks at Hunter’s Bar with our Cocktail Book, on sale now!