02/20/15 9:34am
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The crowds at these parties will be just as cool, don’t you worry

The Academy Awards are here again, which means it’s time to get all dolled up and watch with baited breath as Leonardo DiCaprio wins nothing. But what if you’re, ironically, a starving actor with no TV? Or if you’re just someone who needs someone to grab onto if things start getting too wild? Whether you have strong opinions about the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film, or if you have no idea what Selma‘s about, here are places to watch selfie history unfold. (more…)

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What lurks behind the door tonight? Something cool we bet. Photo by Sarah Bibi

Freddy’s Bar and Backroom   
627 5th Ave., (between 17th and 18th Streets), South Slope, 718-768-0131

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What is it: A Brooklyn staple nestled in the South Slope, boasting both cult celebrity and a history stretching back to Prohibition. Freddy’s, with its trademark comfortable and casual flavour is friendly and endlessly interesting.

Why we love it: Whether you’re there for the acid-tavern experience (TVs run award-winning video montages 24/7) or to see a free music, comedy, or art show show in the back room, Freddy’s always has something to revive a sleepy night. This neighborhood favorite hosts a welcome mix of locals and far-flung visitors, thanks to its beautiful other worldly decor, bustling vibes and charming staff. Just a few reasons why it was voted one of the best bars in the country by the likes of Esquire and others.

What to order: Aside from the whiskey and craft beers, Freddy’s offers a solid menu of what it calls “Pan-Brooklyn.” This includes burgers, fish tacos, local Polish kielbasa (meaning that they’re actually made across the street by two great Polish butchers), a curious twist on a BLT sandwich, and much more. All tasty and cheap as hell.

Regular tip: The intoxicating video collages you’ll see all over the bar are actually edited/created by co-owner Donald O’Finn.

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12/19/14 11:51am
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Mick Foley and Santa Claus will help make your Christmas a little less lonely, as long as you have Netflix

They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, which is undoubtedly true if you have a goofy sweater wearing, hot cocoa drinking, Christmas carol singing, adorable family to go home to. But if like me you are among those who can’t – or choose not to – leave the best borough in the world over the holidays, whether you’re fond of Christmas or not, the expectation that it will be a somehow significant and special time can be quite annoying.

As an affirmed boycotter and Christmas orphan (perhaps more commonly referred to as “The Product Of Divorce”), over the years I’ve developed several tactics to keep myself distracted and entertained. (more…)

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Bring some meat, it’s welcome here. via Facebook

Look, this Monday’s Labor Day, and we get it; for most people, this means that it’s time to regret that you once again called it the “Summer of YOUR NAME” and didn’t actually go skydiving, learn to play an instrument, or get anywhere near sculpting that beach body. It’s also the time of year when you’re likely to walk into your local pharmacy and see decorations for Halloween and beyond for sale in the seasonal section which goddamnit, already, really? That’s okay, because Freddy’s (627 5th Avenue, South Slope) is here to help, with a free Labor Day BBQ. (more…)

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Can you dress your dog better than this? Can you dress YOURSELF better than this? via Freddy’s Bar

Remember that thing about loving dogs and hating people who mistreat them? And how sometimes, drinking beer can save them? Well, on Friday, July 18, you get another chance to help pups in the pound when the holy trinity of awesomeness – beer, dogs and a bar – band together for a dog fashion show at Freddy’s (627 5th Ave., South Slope). (more…)

06/19/14 9:30am
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Yaaaayyyyyy, summer is officially here! Photo by Madelyn Owens

1. Just FEEL is an exhibition on glass sculptures and paintings. Try not to feel them too hard, though. (Friday)

2. The Bell House brings you a confetti dance party. You bring the confetti cake. (Friday)

3. Former child actor Giuseppe Andrews has made 30 underground films with close to no money with the help of trailer park neighbors and homeless friends. Giuseppe Makes a Movie follows him as he creates his latest film. (Friday)

4. Keep it loose, keep it tight with Amos Lee at Celebrate Brooklyn. (Friday) (more…)

06/16/14 9:22am
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To Freddy’s, the strongest bar in the world. Via FB.

If you’re bummed you missed the Pete & Pete reunion at Punderdome earlier this month … don’t be, because Big Pete got sick so it came up a little short. Of course, “reunion” is a little bit of a misnomer anyway since the two (Danny Tamberelli and Michael Maronna) are friends who have a podcast together called The Adventures of Danny & Mike. So here’s another chance to hang out with them, and do your patriotic duty at the same time: The former Nickelodeon stars are inviting everyone out to watch the U.S. team play their first World Cup match tonight for a podcast recording, at Brokelyn-favorite bar Freddy’s. You haven’t seen so much competitive excitement since the Petes took on the International Adult Conspiracy.
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05/23/14 11:45am
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Don’t have a summer grillmaster? These bars have your back.

So you kept putting off your plans to buy a grill all year, your friends did too, and now you’re stuck with the possibility of not eating any delicious cooked meat (or tempeh, we guess) on Memorial Day. Don’t worry! Or, don’t worry about barbecue situation anyway, because a few Brooklyn bars are firing up their grills and inviting you to chow down for free. The rest of things you need to worry about in life, well, we can’t help you there.  (more…)

03/20/14 3:30pm
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Oh hell yes, this is going down at Union Hall

1. Handsome young rock and roll man Luke Rathborne will be at Rough Trade Records to perform and make you feel old (Friday)

2. Or see hardcore music performed with violins instead of guitars, which apparently promotes “an egalitarian message of global change” instead of punching people, at Metal in the Meadow (Friday)

3. The Suzan and a bunch of other all-girl bands are going to be at Death By Audio for She’s United, a celebration of women in the music industry (Friday)

4. You’ve seen the comedians from Bob’s Burgers live at Splitty’s, now watch them in their natural, animated habitat at a TV party (Friday) (more…)

03/10/14 9:30am
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Sure HANK Comedy’s story of a man who marries a pizza slice seems cliche, but maybe they’ll bring something new to the table Friday at Videology

1. powerHouse Arena supports the troops by hosting a reading from Redeployment, Iraq veteran Phi Klay’s short story collection about soldiers’ experiences at war and at home (Monday)

2. Game Night rolls the dice on another set of comedians this month, including Dan St. Germain, Drew Michael and Ryan Beck (Monday)

3. Or check out upstart new comedy show kid on the block Side Ponytail at Over the Eight (Monday)

4. Mondays inevitably have a dangerous lack of soul, so get some in there with a brass band concert at The Plank (Monday) (more…)