05/05/16 3:40pm
Take a dramatic journey into the park (#2)

Take a dramatic journey into the park (#2)

1. Honor the legacy of urban activist Jane Jacobs by taking a Jane’s Walk: there are 200+ on offer, from “Hipsters & History in Greenpoint” to “The Brownsville Experience” to “Go Dutch in Flatlands.” (Friday through Sunday, FREE)

2. Find the light at Tunnel Odyssey, an immersive dance-theatre production combining the Odyssey and The Oregon Trail, with folk music by the Oshy Annas. (Friday through Sunday, Grand Army Plaza, FREE)

3. See some tunes at the NYC Soundpainting Festival, three days of multidisciplinary live-composing performances and workshops. (Friday through Sunday, Firehouse Space, $10) (more…)

01/06/16 10:13am
They're coming

They’re coming

It’s the first Wednesday of 2016, and it’s like every other Wednesday. That’s not a bad thing, Wednesday is a herald of the coming end of the week, so those among you who are truly devoted to partying and poor decisions must be thrilled. Even if you’re a little more responsible though, the Brokelyn Events Calendar has a whole bunch of stuff you can get out there and do, without using work on Thursday as a base for your hangover. (more…)

12/29/15 11:51am
Chug! Chug! Chug! Chug!

Chug! Chug! Chug! Chug!

You might have missed it, but it snowed last night, real snow. Of course, it wasn’t the kind of snow you could frolic in, so don’t worry if you missed it. Instead worry about still getting your frolicking in tonight, since you deserve it. A look at the Brokelyn Events Calendar shows that there’s plenty of ways you can do it even though there’s no snow, so get a look at the best picks from it and make some plans to get out there. (more…)

12/28/15 3:12pm
Let's do this, 2016

Let’s do this, 2016 (pic by Michael Galpert/Flickr)

1. Prove your rap mastery by belting out some rhymes at Brooklyn Bowl, where Josh Diggity hosts Hip-Hop Karaoke, which has been going strong since 2004. (Monday, FREE)

2. Get sultry at C’mon Everybody’s monthly burlesque show, tonight featuring Boo Boo Darlin’, Bettina May, and the Maine Attraction. (Monday, FREE)

3. Check out a queer performance spectacle at Hot Fruit, with go-go dancing, burlesque, and boylesque from Sparklez, Rify Royalty, Crush Is Ash B., and Monet Magnolia. (Monday, FREE) (more…)

12/24/15 10:15am

Dar is ready to help you pack up your holiday (#8)

1. If you love beats and don’t want to spend the evening alone, head to TBA Brooklyn for Christmas for Techno Orphans: a potluck dinner followed by dancing to Eddie Krilov, Lera, Connie b2b Maksim, and more. (Friday, FREE)

2. Wind down from all the Chrismasness at Freddy’s while watching It’s a Wonderful Lifebackwards. (Friday, FREE)

3. Feel the tropical post-holiday beat at Bembe’s Xmas Call to Drum, with Afro-Caribbean sounds from DJ Dirtyfinger and 2melo. (Friday, FREE)

4. Work off some of that eggnog at Brooklyn Bowl’s Family Bowl—it’s free all day, so bring the whole crew. (Saturday, FREE) (more…)

12/22/15 8:39am
Proof they can co-exist in one place. via Flickr user Zervas

Proof they can co-exist in one place. via Flickr user Zervas

We’re one more day closer to Christmas, and you can really see it on the Brokelyn Events Calendar, where it seems totally inescapable. Eh, that’s alright, because you’re one day closer to the end of a short week, and then there’s a short week after that. So when you think about it, you kind of get two Christmas miracles. Anyway, go out and have fun tonight, because it’s December and it’s warm and who knows when this will happen again (maybe forever, but we’ll figure that out later).

12/16/15 8:58am

Look who’s a special guest in your life tonight. via Love Boat Insanity

It’s Wednesday baby, “The Fulcrum of The Week!” For myself and other here at Brokelyn, it’s even closer to the end of the week than usual though, because we’re planning on making Friday a hangover convalescence day for our giant horrible hangover from our awesome party (now with Crystal Pepsi). You should plan that too, and with that knowledge in hand, find something great to do tonight. Fortunately, the Brokelyn Events Calendar has a bunch of great things to do. Pretty cool how that works, tbh. (more…)

10/16/15 10:38am
If there's more of this in the Mets' future, make sure you're along for the ride. via Facebook

If there’s more of this in the Mets’ future, make sure you’re along for the ride. via Facebook

The last time the New York Mets reached baseball’s postseason, this website did not yet exist and all of you still lived in Ohio. On Friday night, our city’s most lovable team will begin the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mets are an exciting young team headlined by excellent pitching; Citi Field promises to be rollicking with its first taste of playoff baseball. This handy Q&A will help you enjoy New York’s only remaining postseason baseball team on a budget. Want to know our favorite bars for watching playoff baseball? Debating whether or not to buy some new Mets merchandise or making the big leap and going to a game? Jumping on the bandwagon and need to brush up on your Mets facts? We’ve got your handy Brokelyn Mets playoff guide right here. (more…)

10/01/15 11:20am
Watch her pump that thing, and be amazed. via Shilpa Ray

Watch her pump that thing, and be amazed. via Shilpa Ray

Here we are on Thursday and we haven’t been washed away by a hurricane yet. Now the word is that all the rain and the wind and the need for sandbags will come this weekend, so you know what you should do today? Make today your weekend! As the Brokelyn Events Calendar shows, there’s plenty to do, and those things to do have a weekend-y edge to them like a jamborree, a rock show and a dance party. (more…)

freddy's bar

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.