01/24/17 3:00pm
Puppies to the rescue. Via Puppy Bowl Facebook.

Puppies to the rescue. Via Puppy Bowl Facebook.

The news is terrible, and even those of us who once loved the escapism of sports have had to come around to the fact that football is also terrible. What are you to do on Super Bowl Sunday when your friends will be gathering to watch Donald Trump’s favorite quarterback take on the team from John Lewis’s district? That’s a fairly compelling reason to watch the game actually, but if it’s not your thing, don’t worry: Prospect Heights bar Saint Catherine will again be streaming the ultimate comfort television: the Puppy Bowl.

The bar will be showing the adorable-a-thon all afternoon on its two big screens, with drink specials starting at happy hour. It’s a good time to get blackout drunk while staring at puppies living their carefree puppy life, which you should enjoy while you can before Trump outlaws puppies next year. UPDATE: South 4th Bar in Williamsburg is also showing the Puppy Bowl before the Super Bowl. (more…)

09/30/15 3:26pm
The West has everything a freelancer needs for success: free wifi, coffee, space AND beer. via Facebook

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…)

09/29/15 9:41am
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This afro said a lot, but other hair has stories of its own

It’s Tuesday and that’s pretty good, in the sense that it isn’t Monday, right? Right. Also in the sense that there’s some pretty good things going on, as per the Brokelyn Events Calendar, which obviously isn’t special to Tuesday but is at least nice. I don’t know, Tuesdays are pretty anonymous, but maybe you can make your Tuesday less so by going out and having some fun at one of these things. (more…)

08/21/15 10:16am
Coffee shop or bar? These places, like Greene Grape Annex, are both. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Coffee shop or bar? These places, like Greene Grape Annex, are both. Photo by Tim Donnelly

The Williamsburg Starbucks made news this week by starting to offer beer along with their soy-frappe-cappuccino-whip-drinks. Count us among the unimpressed. Starbucks may be good at cake-pops and pumping out a Pumpkin Spiced Latte in under fourteen seconds, but the borough is filled to the brim with local spots that serve up the coffee/beer combo without sending most of your money back to Seattle. Whether you’re craving a post coffee stout in Park Slope or an IPA with your espresso in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn coffee shops offer you many (better) options than beer from Starbucks.
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06/23/15 3:50pm
Upvote, or better yet, go see the show

Instead of commenting ad infinitum on threads like this, go see a live show.

It’s a telling refrain: you just stopped at home to answer some e-mails, and suddenly found yourself flaking on night plans with friends in order to troll reddit, or some such online time-sucker of a website, right? Right. We’re all guilty of sending that “sorry, I’m the worst” text so we could just watch Netflix, stalk an ex on Facebook, start a Twitter war, etcetera.

Hey, no shade intended. In fact, there’s a new bi-weekly comedy show at South 4th Bar and Café that might do just the trick to cure you of URL, IRL. (more…)

04/30/15 4:35pm
The most exciting 90 seconds of your week. via Wikipedia

The most exciting 90 seconds of your week. via Wikipedia

Do you guys know what Saturday is? That’s right, it’s the day you get to read “The Kenucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved” and have it mean a little more, because it also happens to be the day of the Kentucky Derby. Even if you don’t care for horse racing or Southern gentility all that much, drinking a bunch of mint juleps and shouting at the TV is much more fun if you do it in the company of strangers instead of home alone. Still, you may as well enjoy that at a cheap or free Kentucky Derby party, so we found you six free parties and one you’ll have to pay a pittance to get in to. (more…)

03/31/15 1:33pm
They'll be so happy if you come

They’ll be so happy if you come

We knew the power-drinking, chain-smoking, secretary-harassing 60s would have to come to a bitter-sweet end eventually, but we also know we can’t let them go too peacefully. While our pilot for a disco spinoff of Mad Men hasn’t taken off yet, we supposed we’ll have to start saying goodbye to our favorite well-dressed, self-destructive advertisers. Here are some spots in Brooklyn (would they have even associated with this borough?) that will be screening Mad Men this Sunday at 10. (more…)

02/20/15 9:34am
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The crowds at these parties will be just as cool, don’t you worry

The Academy Awards are here again, which means it’s time to get all dolled up and watch with baited breath as Leonardo DiCaprio wins nothing. But what if you’re, ironically, a starving actor with no TV? Or if you’re just someone who needs someone to grab onto if things start getting too wild? Whether you have strong opinions about the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film, or if you have no idea what Selma‘s about, here are places to watch selfie history unfold. (more…)

12/18/14 9:13am
Oh stop it you

Oh stop it you

1. Ho Ho Ha is Pine Box Rock Shop’s present to you, a free variety show featuring comedy, dancing, and videos. (Friday)

2. TK Wonder has opened for Nas, Erykah Badu, and Talib Kweli, and is playing at Glasslands this weekend. (Friday)

3. If you haven’t watched Love Actually nine times already this month, and even if you have, go see it at Videology. (Friday) (more…)

12/04/14 3:32pm
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Celebrate with these goofs. via Facebook

Given how suddenly difficult it’s become to keep any fun places in Williamsburg open, we should be holding on to the places that are left as tight as we can. One of these spots? The South 4th Bar, which we love for many reasons, chief among them being that they are among the most welcoming neighborhood bars we can think of. Tonight’s an especially good night to experience South 4th’s friendly welcome, because they’re celebrating their 8th birthday with a party where you get free beer. (more…)