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…)

07/26/12 12:09pm

May the beers be ever in your favor.

WTF is Modern Pentathalon? We’re about to find out: The Olympics opening ceremonies are on Friday where the Queen herself will open the games and 4.8 billion people around the world will tune in to see what Kate Middleton is wearing. The ceremony starts at 9pm GMT, which means 4pm in New York, however NBC plans to delay the airing of the ceremony until 7:30pm EST (ratings, duh). NBC will stream all 302 events in real time online and via mobile apps but only to cable or satellite subscribers, so we brokesters are SOL yet again (unless you borrow someone’s access code, of course). No matter, here’s a list of bars where you can drink international brews while cheering on Brooklyn’s local Olympians. (more…)

03/15/12 9:25am

March cray-ness. Blackbirds taking it all the way!

March Madness is here, and you can just smell it in the air (“it” of course, refers to the smell of fear sweat rising off the nation’s children as they get their first exposure to Ernie doll come to life, Dick Vitale). If you don’t have an office job, you’re going to want to get the tournament off to the right start and pretend to desperately care about Southern Miss versus Kansas State. So why not check out any one of these five bars that open before the noon tipoff today and tomorrow and have glorious, glorious television? Also, Duke sucks. (more…)

01/13/11 2:22pm

Chopper noise still hovering over BK Heights [BK Heights Blog]
Jay-Z secretly invests in downtown BK wing joint [TMZ]
C’MON! Arrested Development party returns tonight [Bell House]
BK College commits student to psych ward for two weeks [Gothamist]
Flatbush native helping rebuild school in Haiti [NBC]
NY Sports bars for the sport-averse [The Awl]
Higher art at Williamsburg bong gallery [NY Press]