the cyclone

Woahhh…hey… via Flickr user Caitlin Slaninka

It’s been a tough road to spring, what with the various starts and stops and false hopes that this time, finally, is the last bit of snow and bundling up for 10 minutes before leaving the house that everyone will have to put up with. Hell, our phone was so beaten down, it displayed the damn snow icon in the weather app this morning. Just in time for our spring that seems stuck in first gear, we got a perfect metaphor for all of it, with the Cyclone’s opening day derailed by the coaster getting stuck near the top on its second run. (more…)

03/26/15 9:55am
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Just don’t dance so hard it ends in the death of a disco dancer

1. We were going to suggest you go to this Smiths party at The Bell House to find yourself a Charming Man, but decided against it since that joke isn’t funny anymore. (Friday)

2. Dance to free indie slash synthpop in tandem at Tandem Bar. (Friday)

3. If you can hear anything over the sound of your self viciously devouring free pizza, you’ll probably enjoy the comics at Videology’s Comedy Killed the Video Star. (Friday)

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Jersey Thursday is going to be ‘better than ever’ this year. Image via brooklyncyclones.com

Most people like Thursdays because it means Friday is coming. For Brooklyn Cyclones fans, it means Jersdays, the days when the Cyclones give away special jerseys to fans. As per usual, the Cyclones are going all out this summer, with an announcement on their website that they’re going Back to the Future in July with specialized Cyclones/Marty McFly jerseys. (more…)

02/23/15 3:39pm
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Welcome to your new office. via Flickr user David Tan

Hey, as long as we’ve got some summer vibes going on this chilly day, why not keep them going? After all, it was all the way up to 45 degrees yesterday! Anyway, if you’d like your job during the summer to be one that more closely aligns with the carnie life of strapping people into rides and tricking them into playing your games they’ll never win, you’re in luck. Amusing the Zillion noticed there are a slew of Coney Island jobs available for the enterprising summer lover living in New York City. (more…)

Wear this and we could be friends forever.

Wear this and we could be friends forever.

Thanks to Jimmy “Hey Let’s Recreate All of the 90s in Real Time” Fallon, Saved by the Bell nostalgia is at a fever pitch this week. Brooklyn’s minor league baseball team has taken notice too. So tuck your shirt into your jeans because the Coney Island Cyclones announced yesterday they’re hosting a Saved by the Bell night this summer against the Tri-City ValleyCats (yes, that is their actual name). It will feature some of your favorite retro-humping 90s high school gags that are sure to leave a green ring of joy around your finger. Players in the June 24 game will sport those special jerseys above, and the themed antics will include a Zack Morris “TIMEOUT” race around the bases, an Oldest Cell Phone in the Park contest and, naturally, an “I’m so excited!” fan cam. If you’re a fan, you might say this event will take the fun to the MAX. More details on how to screech screech screech for the home team here: (more…)

01/25/15 8:59am

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Ruby’s Bar and Grill
1213 Riegelmann Boardwalk
(Between W. 12th and Stillwell Ave)
Coney Island
718-975-7829
*open seasonally

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What it is: Iconic Coney Island boardwalk establishment since 1934.

Why we love it: It feels old-timey and festive, littered with throwback photos of historic Coney Island and Mermaid Parades past. Regulars sing along to Rat Pack hits on the famed jukebox. With over 25 beers, seafood and standard bar fare of burgers and dogs, it’s the perfect place to stop in for drinks and grub after a day of beach and rides. Bring your Coney Island day partner and Cyclone screamer; a grandparent (yours or maybe you can borrow one?) who hasn’t set eyes on the boardwalk in 50 years.

What to order: Ruby’s Amber ale on tap, and a dozen clams.

Regular tip: In 2012, Ruby’s tables, bar, walls and ceiling were renovated using wood from the original 1920’s Coney Island boardwalk; hence the saying, “Ruby’s is the last bar in Coney Island where you can still walk under the original boardwalk!”

01/25/15 8:56am

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Peggy O’Neill’s
1904 Surf Avenue
(Between W. 16th and W. 17th)
Coney Island
718-449-3200

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What it is: Year-round Coney Island mainstay and Irish pub located right next door to MCU Park.

Why we love it: Pride for amateur Brooklyn leagues Cyclones and the Bolts runs deep here, with pre and post game tailgates most game days. From live bands all day on Saturdays, to karaoke on Mondays, there’s a draw for everybody. Hit up the bar with your fellow Cyclones and Bolts fans before and/or after catching the game, or wander over at the end of the day with your beach-and-ride compatriots.

 What to order: Coney Island lager on tap, and a sample “platter” of bar food classics like wings, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeno poppers.

Regular tip: The name is an homage to Irish lass Margaret “Peggy” Devaney, historic survivor of the Titanic.

01/25/15 8:53am

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Freak Bar
1208 Surf Avenue
(Corner of W. 12th Street)
Coney Island
718-372-5159

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 What it is: The bar and museum on the ground floor of Coney Island USA headquarters; gateway and social lubricant into the world of all things “freak” and sideshow.

 Why we love it: Having a beer in the kitschy fun house serves as a disarming pre-game to the sites you’ll witness next door at the Circus Sideshow ($10). You’ll need a beer after the show, too.

 Who to bring: Friends visiting from out of town who want to experience a real legendary Brooklyn attraction; circus freaks you have known; your boardwalk companion who’s ready for some post-beach-and-rides action.

 What to order: A local microbrew on tap, from Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint or Coney Island Brewery.

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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.

It’s a proven fact: there’s no better Valentine’s Day Gift than a Brokelyn Beer Book. It’s a pocket full of surefire date spots, a non-committal way to say, “hey, I like drinking beer with you” and it lasts longer than a rose in a plastic tube. Plus, they’re beloved by both genders, which is more than you can say about an elephant-nose thong.

Reason #67 (we lost count): They’re on sale! While supplies last, you can get 20% off our South Brooklyn & Rockaway Beer Book. That means you get 28 beers at 28 bars in South Brooklyn and Rockaway for the outrageously low price of $22.40 — practically cheaper than a box of Russell Stover!  (more…)

11/24/14 8:00am

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Update: 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.