What it is: A bar and music venue located steps from the Morgan L stop in an old casket factory.
Why we love it: Owners/oft-bartenders Jeff and Heather are awesome people, encouraging a laid back, dog-friendly vibe where a good conversation isn’t hard to find. It’s also the best place in the area to catch some football while tipping back a local microbrew like Alphabet City Dizzy Brewnette or the latest Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve. You can look over the old show stubs that are scattered as part of the bar top and wonder how many thousands of dollars of concert money are represented beneath your beverage. Live music in a sectioned-off venue, karaoke, Walking Dead watching parties…what’s not to love? Bring good talkers, rockers, groups, zombie-enthusiasts, dog-lovers, and that vegan friend of yours
What to order: Along with a completely domestic, badass beer list with ABV range of 3.8 to a walloping 10.0%, you can try one of their seasonal cocktails like the Dig For Fire (Espolon muddled with jalapenos and simple syrup) or the Phyllis Diller (Jim Beam, apple juice and fresh lemon, served on the rocks with a crisp apple slice).
Regular tip: Pine Box’s beer and cocktails are 100% vegan. If you didn’t know it, everything from bone meal to beetle extract can be found in many adult beverages. Pine Box gets around using certain bar staples like Baileys by making their own vegan cream, using Kahlua and vanilla soy milk. People rave about their vegan empanadas and sometimes vegan food trucks park out front.
You know how in our weekly roundups we’re always telling you to go to Late Night Basement at the Pine Box Rock Shop? It’s because they do things like ask H. Jon Benjamin to live-dub HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, resulting in something that sounds like Archer taking the place of the creepy calm computer voice. We mean, sure, you’re seeing it now in this video, but imagine the magic of seeing it live, in a bar, while you drink beer. (more…)
You’d never know it, but these people are celebrating Cinco de Mayo
This has to be one of the happiest Mondays as it’s also Cinco de Mayo. Tuesday hangover likely to ensue be damned! While many of us have taken the holiday as a reason to get crunk it was originally celebrated by Mexicans to commemorate the day the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. (Oh yeah, putting a little history on dat ass.) Here are some places in Brooklyn, with the kind of margarita and taco deals (oh and free pinball too) that will make you grateful in your heart for that fateful day.
Careful about overcelebrating though. One of the great things about being a blogger and working from home is that pants are optional, especially after Cinco de Mayo. But for the rest of you who are office-bound tomorrow, pace yourself. You’ll still need a job come Tuesday. (more…)
Get that certificate you’ve always wanted for not drunk texting your ex over the weekend. Photo by Philip Buehler
Awards, awards, awards. Always going to the same famous, beautiful rich people for doing their famous, rich people things. Isn’t it about time us shlocky normal folks got rewarded for the everyday victories we feel good about, like DDing for that party that time, or actually moderating ourselves to a reasonable four beers last Thursday? Well, apparently, now we can. At the Lisa’s Choice Awards, hosted by artist/comedian/self-proclaimed psychotherapist Lisa Levy at Pine Box Rock Shop next Friday, everyone can get an award for the achievement of their choice. At least, anyone who wants one can. (more…)