03/10/16 3:24pm
The crowd has changed at Mulholland's but the bar keeps kicking. Via Facebook.

The crowd has changed at Mulholland’s but the bar keeps kicking. Via Facebook.

Mulholland’s has always seemed like a bit of of an odd outlier in Williamsburg. It’s a straight-up sports bar, with a wall of TVs and a kitchen serving up chicken wings to big Sunday football crowds. It would feel slightly more at home in Midtown, not on Grand Street down the road from the Skee-Ball bar and around the corner from the pinball bar. When it first opened 10 years ago, Brooklyn Paper said it “felt more like a bar in a strip mall;” the Times called it “probably the first place to be so completely dedicated to sports” in the neighborhood. It opened near the tail end of peak artsy Williamsburg, when the neighborhood was still the butt of fedora and kickball jokes. Muholland’s seemed, for lack of better terms, an oasis for bros in the hipster desert.

Then a strange thing happened: the neighborhood changed. Trash Bar a few doors down closed; vegan fast food joint Foodswings across the street turned into a wine bar owned by James Murphy. The condos came in and so did the chain stores — and chain bars. Mulholland’s has always been embraced by a diverse clientele, but now it seems almost quaint amid the change, a stalwart of slightly older Williamsburg as the neighborhood becomes a mini Manhattan.

“We stuck in there kinda just being the originals,” owner Shawn Mulholland said. This weekend, the bar is celebrating its 10th anniversary with three hours of free beer and a night of music from Brooklyn-born artists. Mulholland has seen his customers change a lot over that time, though he doesn’t know if the bar has another 10 years left. (more…)

01/29/16 10:49am
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll drink free Magic Hat at Dear God That's Stone Cold's Music. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll drink free Magic Hat at Dear God That’s Stone Cold’s Music. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Trying to get people out at this time of year is almost impossible: it’s cold, and the sidewalks are still piled so high with snow that you’d think the Night’s Watch was overseeing the realm. That said, the promise of free alcohol always helps get you moving. Especially when paired with comedy, which makes your body shake with warming glee.

We rounded up a whole mess of comedy shows where you can get your hands on free booze while you take in some of the city’s best comedians. So get out there, and you can thank us when you’re drunk and ROFLing. A lot of these involve going into Queens, Manhattan or (gasp!) the Upper East Side, so that just shows you how far we’re willing to go for free beer. (more…)

12/21/15 12:25pm

This is the best trade since [insert your favorite sports trade]. via FB

This is the best trade since [insert your favorite sports trade]. via FB

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… but indoor heating is delightful. And unfortunately, there are a lot folks out there who won’t have any this winter. Now, you can do something nice for them and help yourself, too, because Beast of Bourbon is offering up a blanket-for-beer trade this week at their Clinton Hill watering hole! (more…)

06/18/15 10:41am
late night basement

They’re moving up out of the basement and want to celebrate with you. via Facebook

It seems like only yesterday that Late Night Basement, Bushwick’s live monthly late night show, was a well-kept secret, despite drawing good guests and having funny segments. Well, all that’s over now. The secret is out that this is a great way to spend an evening, and the back room of the Pine Box Rock Shop has been packed sardine tight, to the point that even showing up a half hour before the show starts doesn’t guarantee you a seat.

So, having outgrown this home, Late Night Basement is moving a few blocks away to the Livestream building at 195 Morgan Avenue for their show this Friday. They’re so happy about the move that they want to give some select readers of Brokelyn free beer in celebration. Now this is how you host an audience. (more…)

04/08/15 2:35pm
We like all of this

We like all of this

Are you wondering what the easiest way for you to get a night at your bar stamped with the Brokelyn seal of approval? It’s pretty simple: Offer up free beer and pizza to all comers. We don’t know why everyone doesn’t just do this all the time (oh right, you have to “make money”), but Baby’s All Right offshoot Elvis Guesthouse (85 Avenue A) has decided to do it tonight, so maybe go check it out. The only downside is that it’s in Manhattan, but whatever, you’re probably there because of your job anyway. (more…)

04/02/15 8:48am
baby's all right

Hey, that’s exactly what we’re thinking. Photo by Scott Beale/Laughing Squid

What makes a happy hour an even happier hour? What if, in some magical occurrence, the beers are discounted all the way down to “free” as opposed to just a dollar or two off? That would certainly make things happier we think, and fortunately for you, that theory can be tested tonight, because the folks at Brooklyn Vegan are inviting you for some drinks on them tonight at Baby’s All Right. (more…)

02/19/15 1:39pm
chinese new year duckduck

Mmmm…New Year… via Flickr user Sheila

It’s the year of the sheep! Or goat depending on your preferred herding animal. This means fireworks, parades, and plenty of warm delicious dumplings. Given the frozen hellscape of the past few days, we are certainly down for anything that gets us out of the cold for a few hours without missing all the fun. Check out the 9th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration at duckduck (161 Montrose Avenue) tonight for free food, drinks, and other celebratory shenanigans. (more…)

12/19/14 8:49am

Your ticket to a pile of free beers. via Flickr user MTSOfan

Hey remember how a couple days ago we told you all about how Mary’s Bar would trade you a free beer for a blanket, because they’re participating in Blankfest? Come on, it was just a couple days ago. Well, maybe you don’t live that close to Mary’s Bar, or maybe you have a whole bunch of blankets and you want to maximize your return on your charity. Which sounds kind of bad when written out. Either way, we got a tip from the Beer for Blankets organizer letting us know that there are a few more bars in Brooklyn you can bring blankets to and get a beer in exchange. (more…)

12/16/14 2:59pm

Quick, just grab these ones while you’re not looking. via Flickr user mararie

‘Tis the season to try not to be as shitty a person as you are the rest of the year, for fear that a fat guy in the North Pole with CIA spying technology is watching your every move. Plus having a cold black heart gets a little more uncomfortable as the mercury drops. If you’re wondering how to be “good” we’ve got an easy one for you, and it comes with a good reward. Simply bring a blanket to Mary’s Bar in Park Slope, which they’re collecting for the homeless, and they’ll reward you with a free beer of your choice. It’s really that easy! (more…)

12/09/14 1:38pm
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Learn the science behind all this booze. Photo via Colin Spoelman

Even if you hated science in high school you we’ve got a science-centered night you won’t bored to death tomorrow: Science Distilled at Kings County Distillery. This isn’t your average chemistry lesson, because this is an event that will delve into the complexities of one of our most beloved spirits, whiskey. Distillers as scientists? Believe it baby, because the process of making the stuff that makes you say “I love you” to your favorite bartender and you’re emotionally distant Chihuahua is a fascinating one; a collection of compounds named ethers and alcohol if you will. (more…)