Tonight is Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address. Even if you’ve been skipping the last few years’ worth of speeches out of fatigue at hearing the same promises and the same only-root-for-the-home-team bipartisan applause, you should probably watch tonight. Obama is in the well documented national-shortage-of-fucks-left-to-give era of his presidency, so some stuff is probably gonna go down. Maybe he’ll say “folks wanna pop off” again, maybe he’ll say something actually significant about guns, maybe he’ll acknowledge that people living in the American cities matter as much as people living in middle America, maybe he’ll drop a Kendrick lyric. Either way, there are lots of State of the Union parties around Brooklyn and other ways to watch for free. (more…)
It’s Thursday and not be a Davey Downer but it looks like this might be the last really nice couple days before things start dipping down into the dreaded 50s next week. At least if you believe the weather forecast. Instead of arguing about the reliability of said forecasts, let’s all just agree to go out and have a good time, especially at these fun nights out that have been found on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. (more…)
1. Help the creator of the monthly Side Ponytail comedy show mourn the loss of her youth with the last show of her 20s, featuring laughs from Mike Lebovitz, Emily Winter, Lauren Vino, and more. (Monday, FREE)
2. Flaunt your encyclopedic knowledge of tunes at Passenger Bar, where the Teenage Guide to Popularity is hosting music trivia night, with curated music videos throughout the evening. (Monday, FREE)
3. Here’s your chance to learn more than you ever wanted to know about the canal we all love to hate: Joseph Alexiou will give a talk on his brand new book, Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal, at the Brooklyn Historical Society. (Tuesday, $10)
The West has everything a freelancer needs for success: free wifi, coffee, space AND beer. via Facebook
Working from home is hard. You get distracted by your roommates, your cat feels neglected and sits on your computer, you get the insatiable urge to catch up on the latest episode of whatever you’re binge watching, the next door neighbor is rehearsing with their experimental Satanic grindcore band and your walls are made of paper. So, you go to the local coffee shop, but how long can you really hang out in a coffee shop before succumbing to the caffeine jitters and going into debt from all that expensive fair trade coffee? Wouldn’t it be great if, instead, you could bring your laptop to a bar with a great happy hour? Somewhere where instead of getting distracted by your cat, you could take work breaks where you shoot the shit with a bartender, who are known to provide great inspiration?
GUESS WHAT? You totally can do that, because there’s a bunch of Brooklyn bars with wifi, happy hours that start early and best of all, plenty of space for you to get some work done. (more…)
Union Hall makes us want to light a pipe and tell adventure stories.
We’re probably going to blow our grocery budget on books this weekend, what with the Brooklyn Book Festival finally upon us. We’ll save money for beer, of course, because we want to devour our literary haul with some lagers in one of our favorite reading venues: a bar! Not all bars are equal in the eye of the reader, naturally. Who wants to read where jaeger bombs are the norm? To save you the time searching, we compiled a list of fifteen places we think are the best Brooklyn bars to read in, along with suggestions on what to read.
Since most normies converge on pubs when night falls, these places are best read in during the day. But a good number of them remain quiet enough on weeknights to take in some text. Just remember to take care of your bartender if you’re going to spend a lot of time there. (more…)
These nice young men want to show you a rocking good time. via Facebook
Thursday is here and it’s time for you to partyyyyyy. Seriously though, get out there and have a good time, because you’ve worked for most of the week and for a few of those hours, you probably even put in an effort that went beyond merely going through the motions. So! Reward yourself by having a good time at one of these fun nights out found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)
Well, you did it. You made it to Thursday so you basically made it to the end of the week. My advice is to do all of today’s work AND all of Friday’s work, of which there probably isn’t that much. This way, you can go out tonight and enjoy one of these great things from the Brokelyn Event Calendar and then just pretend to work on Friday while you’re hungover. It’s like getting an extra day on your weekend! (more…)
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…)
September bring crisp fall air, back to school, leaves on the ground, and the Brooklyn Book Festival! Marty Markowitz may be gone, and we might not get to see Tony Danza rap again, but this year’s festival looks like it’s going to kick ass. There are also a lot of cool bookend events going the week leading up to the festival. We combed through the long list of events and found the ones that we think you should go to. Check them out below. (more…)