08/26/15 8:10am
It's your chance to hook your friend up with someone else's friend by being that friend

It’s your chance to hook your friend up with someone else’s friend by being that friend

It’s nice on the one hand that you’ve made it to Wednesday and that in the summer Wednesday is closer to the end of the week than usual, but that gravy train is almost over. Soon, people will expect you to actually put in a full effort on Fridays and man what a bummer that’s gonna be. Don’t dwell on it though, instead get out there and have a good time at one of these fun nights out pulled from the Brokelyn Event Calendar, because nothing says “I value fun more than work” like a Thursday hangover. (more…)

08/25/15 2:58pm
It has better hair, oddly enough. via Bucky Turco's Instagram

It has better hair, oddly enough. via Bucky Turco’s Instagram

Anyone sick of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign yet? Yeah, we’re not either, but that’s mostly because we didn’t live through the reign of Morton Downey, Jr. and always wondered what would happen when decades of resentment politics took on a physical form. That being said, whatever entertainment value he provides, Trump’s campaign is ugly stuff and while some of you out there might want to respond calmly to the man who praised his immigrant-beating supporters as “passionate,” some of us know we still have the option of resorting to violence. Or something close it, because tonight in McCarren Park, you’ve got a chance to beat on a Trump piñata that’s stuffed with money. (more…)

08/19/15 9:34am
Take a flying leap at the day

Take a flying leap at the day

Hey wow, it’s Wednesday already, where did the week go? Down the same hole you always seem to lose time down I suppose. Still, you’re halfway to the weekend, which is such good news you should be singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” or something. Maybe not that, maybe just go out and do one of these fun things pulled off the Brokelyn Event Calendar. Less weird than just singing out loud to yourself. (more…)

08/17/15 9:47am
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Reclamation’s Love Shack Shandy beer cocktail will have you singing after you’ve had a couple.

Beer. Cocktails. Combining the two almost seems crazy, but here at Brokelyn we’re willing to experiment with ways to get a good buzz going. Turns out, when beer cocktails are done right, they’re pretty darn good, and even worth venturing out of your usual for (after enjoying your Brooklyn Beer Book beer on the house, of course).

Rather then send you out just asking the bartender to dump some tequila into a Tecate tallboy, we’ve got 9 bars for you to check out that are perfecting the art of the beer cocktail. Beyond the classics like the michelada, more inventive beer cocktails are being thrown together by booze mad scientsts around Brooklyn, like an award-winning gin-and-saison combo that took home “Best Beer Cocktail in NYC” at Brooklyn Brewery’s beer cocktail competition, to a lemon-infused vodka drink topped off with a Budweiser. (more…)

08/14/15 11:07am
Look like this, even in the winter, for less. via Facebook

Look like this, even in the winter, for less. via Facebook

Everywhere you look, people are pretending like the summer is ending tomorrow (even though, as we will happily point out, summer isn’t officially over until September 23). Beacon’s Closet is no exception as it turns out, so they’re selling off a bunch of summer clothes this weekend at all of their locations. Looks like you can get a whole new summer wardrobe to rock for another month of summer, all up to 50% off each item. (more…)

08/14/15 9:39am
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Obviously you’ll miss bagels when you leave, but there’s so much more to miss too. via Bagelsmith

After 4 years of living in Brooklyn, I was excited for a new chapter in New Orleans, but also knew it’d be bittersweet. Having grown up in New York (on Long Island, I’m honest), with most of my adult years in good ol’ BK, missing friends and family was going to be inevitable. I knew that I’d long for the convenience of public transportation and bodegas on every corner. Admittedly, I had preemptive FOMO regarding friends’ parties, the perennial run of free NYC shows and the yet-to-open spots that seemingly appear daily.

One thing I didn’t appropriately account for was food. Lame “I’m gonna miss pizza!” jokes were about as far as I took it, shortly before and after I moved out of Brooklyn. New Orleans, where I now reside, has an awesome culinary scene. It could be a lot worse, but from time-to-time I get the gastronomic blues. No offense to the people I left behind, but you can’t FaceTime with a bagel. Snapchat allows me to hear your voice, but there’s no scratch and and sniff feature when you send over a picture of that legit pastrami sandwich.

Brooklyn ex-pats all could probably give you their own list, but here are the foods that keep me up at night wishing I could have them, and the ones I go out of my way to get when I visit. (more…)

08/05/15 4:24pm
You asked for it, America

You asked for it, America

Whether you think it’s a mass hallucination, a divine punishment for the sins of our modern ways of life or a an elaborate version of Punk’d that Ashton Kutcher is unleashing on us, the seemingly endless 2016 Presidential race (kind of) kicks into medium-gear tomorrow night with the long-awaited Fox News Republican primary debate.

Ten Republican candidates will take the stage in Cleveland, Ohio and nine will wave their arms in an attempt to take attention away from the main reason people will be watching: wondering what Donald Trump will say or do. A nine-person and one short-fingered vulgarian debate just goes better with alcohol, so hit one of these two Brooklyn bars showing the debate tomorrow at 9pm. Be sure to drink anytime anyone says anything. (more…)

08/03/15 8:05am
tk. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

tk. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Another Monday. Used to be you could come out of the weekend saying “Well, at least this is one more day closer to retirement.” Now, we’re never going to retire ever, because CEOs need your pension money for gold-plated bathtubs and bribes. Sorry, we mean “lobbyists.” Anyway, think less about that and more about enjoying yourself tonight, with these fun nights out found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

07/27/15 8:01am
Let's talk about a book-free future. No, not as a goal, ya dummies.

Let’s talk about a book-free future. No, not as a goal, ya dummies.

“Monday, Monday” goes the old song, although I’m surprised to learn it’s actually about a relationship or something and not about someone complaining that the weekend is over. Well, you learn something every day! Like how you’re here to learn what wonderful things there are to do tonight that can be found on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. (more…)

07/23/15 1:28pm
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Mmmmm…ice cream cone. via Facebook

Yeah, it’s summer. Yeah, it’s hot. Yeah, we all want ice cream. But Mr. Softie has some real competition this year, as Brooklyn has flooded with artisanal ice cream shops that bring flavors beyond your wildest dreams. Vanilla and chocolate…that’s so ten years ago.

But with the hype and happy taste buds, comes rapidly reduced pocket money, so we went around the borough, scooping and tasting, to find who serves up the cheapest artisanal ice cream cone in Brooklyn. And then how much the other ones cost, for good measure. (more…)