12/17/14 10:37am
Sayra's in Far Rockaway looks even better with free beer.

Sayra’s in Far Rockaway looks even better with free beer.

We see you, present procrastinators. It’s the week before Christmas, Chanukah is in full swing, and all you have to show by way of gift giving is a bottle of bodega wine someone left at your apartment last party. It’s cool, this is a no judgment zone. Turn yourself from zero to hero with a holiday deals: 20% off our South Brooklyn & The Rockaways Beer Book. That means you get 28 beers at 28 bars in South Brooklyn and the Rockaways for the outrageously low price of $22.40 — cheaper than tap water, kids. (more…)

11/24/14 8:00am

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Update: Through Christmas, enter beer20 at checkout to get 20 percent off your Beer Book order. 

What’s a better holiday gift than a pocket full of free beers at the best bars in town? 

Brokelyn’s now-famous Beer Books have previously featured beloved bars from Greenpoint to Windsor Terrace. Now we’ve uncovered the best spots in Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Marine Park, Sheepshead Bay, Sunset Park and The Rockaways, all in one book: Beer Book 7, now on sale.

For $28, you get a gorgeously designed, limited edition, pocket-sized booklet filled with vouchers for 28 free beers of your choice at 28 of Brooklyn’s finest neighborhood bars, redeemable now through the end of 2015. All that savings leaves you plenty of scratch for burgers, wings, tacos and more beer.

Maybe you’ve been meaning to check out Bay Ridge — or maybe you live there and you’re a regular at places like Kettle BlackBean Post Pub and Windy City Ale House. But have you been to Lock Yard, Bay Ridge’s nod to Brooklyn North? Knocked back a knackwürst at Schnitzel Haus?

Whit's End, your new favorite pizza place in Far Rockaway.

Whit’s End, your new favorite beer-and-pizza place in Rockaway Beach.

Putting together Beer Book 7 has taken us to so many great places we think everyone should know about.  Venture over to the beer Valhalla that is Gravesend’s Draft Barn, or wash down a shot of nostalgia at Ruby’s, Coney Island’s oldest boardwalk bar and grill. Pair stroganoff and crepes at Russian/French fairy-tale bistro Anyway Café in Sheepshead Bay. Order more than cranberry juice at Sunset Park’s Irish Haven, where THAT bar scene in The Departed was filmed.

Join us in planning a winter Rockaways field trip to Whit’s End, Sayra’s Wine Bar & Bier Garden or the Playland Motel. Or explore 3rd generation family-owned marina-side refueling station, Tamaqua Bar & Grill in Gerritsen Beach. So many beer-centric outings await!

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Here are all the great places featured in the South Brooklyn & The Rockaways Beer Book:

Bean Post Pub • Ho’Brah Taco Joint • Lock Yard • Longbow Pub & Pantry • Pipin’s Pub • Red White & Brew • Schnitzel Haus • Skinflints Bar & Restaurant • The Harp Bar • The Kettle Black • Windy City Ale House • Yellow Hook Grille • Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe • Freak Bar • Peggy O’Neill’s • Ruby’s Bar & Grill • Tamaqua Bar & Grill • Anyway Cafe • Draft Barn • Third & Seven • Caracas Rockaway • Playland Motel • Rippers • Rockaway Beach Surf Club • Sayra’s Wine Bar & Bier Garden • Whit’s End • The Brass Rail • Irish Haven

Order your South Brooklyn and the Rockaways Beer Book here, and make 2015 a year of drinking adventurously.

Recommended for significant others, crushes, teachers, coaches, babysitters, mail persons, co-workers, shrinks, tutors and dog walkers. And you.

Pair brats and brews at Midwest-themed craft beer bar Lock Yard in Bay Ridge

Pair brats and brews at Midwest-themed craft beer bar Lock Yard in Bay Ridge

Stay warm and toasty at Draft Barn.

Stay warm and toasty at Draft Barn in Sheepshead Bay.

Eventually you'll be hungry again: Schnitzel Haus in Bay Ridge.

Eventually you’ll be hungry again: Schnitzel Haus in Bay Ridge.

How adorable is the Freak Bar in Coney Island?

How fun is the Freak Bar in Coney Island?

 

Have you ever seen a cooler looking bar than Sayras in the Rockaways?

Have you ever seen a cooler looking bar than Sayras in the Rockaways? Looks even better with free beer.

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Looks like Coney Island Brewing Co is riding the F train back home. via Facebook

Brooklynites take the privilege to say “Made in Brooklyn” pretty damn seriously, especially when you have your neighborhood’s namesake in the title of the product. Well here’s great, boozy news for people picky about semantics: after a Hurricane Sandy-issued hiatus, Coney Island Brewing Co. is set to return to Coney Island.

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If you missed doing this, you missed it for good. via Luna Park Flickr

Just because it was supposed to snow last night doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about summer and Coney Island rides. If anything, we should talk about them more. Except in this case, we have news that’s a bummer, as Sheepshead Bites revealed that Luna Park is getting rid of the Boardwalk Flight, the ride that strapped you in a vest connected to a wire and then dropped you from 110 feet while slinging you over the boardwalk. It was fun, to say the least. (more…)

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Not just any bar stool, a Coney Island bar stool. Photo by Trivia Vita, via Amusing the Zillion

Doing a bit of redecorating in your apartment? Why, you don’t own it. We’re not gonna stand in your way if you feel the need to get some new furniture though, that’s not our thing. What we will do instead is point you in the direction of furniture that is both cheap and cool, which today means letting you know that as per Amusing the Zillion, Ruby’s in Coney Island is selling off some of their chairs for just $10. Better move fast on this one, just leave work, they’ll understand. (more…)

10/22/14 11:13am
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How freaking romantic. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Dating is hard. It’s difficult to meet new people, whether in “real life” or online, and the process of dating itself can be exhausting, traumatic, heartbreaking, demoralizing…oh yeah, and expensive. You’re already (potentially) wasting time on a new date; don’t waste your money, too! While splitting the bill is usually the way to go, sometimes one party wants to treat the other.  Get creative without breaking the bank; do something other than stare blankly at each other while sipping overpriced cocktails. Need suggestions? Here are 20 Brooklyn date ideas that will keep both of you entertained/fed/watered/etc. for $20 or less. Who ever said a cheapskate couldn’t be romantic? (more…)

10/08/14 2:49pm
The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

‘Tis the season to put out the pumpkins, deck the halls with boughs of cobwebs and stir your cauldron pot, because Halloween is in our midst. In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Brooklyn World, Halloween is the occasion to party and no other boroughs can say anything about it. So don your creepiest outfits and head out to the hottest happenings in BK. (more…)

09/19/14 2:10pm
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This could be pretty much any day at Coney Island though. via Luna Park

Well, it’s big bummer, but it’s time for us to admit that summer is pretty much over and done with. Even if we wanted to hold on, the calendar is turning the page on Sunday, so we might as well also. On the other hand, it also means we can start ramping up for Halloween. First up on the list of things to do: grab a discounted ticket to the Luna Park Halloween party. After all, the rides are scary, so the prices shouldn’t be. We’ll be here all week folks, try the veal. (more…)

09/04/14 9:00am
Recreating the Warriors' famous trip, leather vest optional.

Recreating the Warriors’ famous trip, leather vest optional.

I am not a bike messenger and I have never touched a “fixie.” When one of my tires goes flat, I stare at it for a while, and then I take it into the shop and pay a professional to repair it. So why did a girl like me pay $5 on a recent Saturday night to ride in a three-borough, 30-mile, sundown-to-sun-up Warriors-themed bike ride? Because it sounded like an adventure, and an excuse to stay up really, really late.

The Warriors is the 1979 cult action film that follows New York City gangs in an overnight chase from a park in the Bronx all the way down to Coney Island. For its 25th anniversary, Track Or Die and Cycle Hawk organized a ride that more or less replicated the film’s route, only on bikes, and with checkpoints and challenges along the way. The city we live in today is not quite the dystopian crime world depicted in the movie — for example, in real New York, turns out you can’t throw a baseball bat at a cop’s knees and then just walk away like it never happened — but one thing the movie gets right is that this city has secrets you can discover only if you get out of your home turf. Here’s some of what I discovered on the ride: (more…)

09/01/14 7:00am
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The Grove Alley party looks bright and summery, and it’s happening in September. So summer is still alive. via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Damn, it’s September already, which unfortunately means the summer is coming to a close and the return to a depressing life of sweatshirts and flannels and bundling up. Let’s not focus on that though. Let’s focus on squeezing the last bit of life out of this summer, which lasts until September 21, and enjoy it instead of being sour and admitting the defeat of the winter’s return. So because we know you don’t want to give up just yet, here’s your final installment of 93 Days of Summer. (more…)