08/27/15 3:28pm
You call this table service? via flickr user Wally Gobetz

Communal seating is a nice idea, in theory. via flickr user Wally Gobetz

Euro-inspired beer halls have been cropping up all over Brooklyn, with their appropriately import-heavy tap lists and their mostly pretzels signature food offerings. There’s Radegast, the Koelner Bierhalle, and Spritzenhaus to name a few. It’s also just been announced that Downtown Brooklyn is going to be getting a “massive” beer hall. But amidst all the hype, we’ve got a question: what’s so great about beer halls?

Hear us out: besides their sprawling size and trendy menu, beer halls aren’t all that welcoming. For one thing, the acoustics are terrible. In a large room made almost entirely of polished stone, you find yourself screaming just to be heard above the general din echoing off the walls. It’s like a community board meeting, that costs more money. (more…)

08/27/15 1:15pm
I scream, you scream, etc. via flickr user Chun Yip So

I scream, you scream, etc. via flickr user Chun Yip So

The dog days of summer are upon us, where all you want to do is lay out in the sun and eat ice cream. And usually, only one of those two things is free. But today, you can do both without spending a dime, because Van Leeuwen is giving away ice cream tonight! According to Gothamist, the dessert-isans will be offering up gratis scoops of ice cream at their new flagship location in Williamsburg (204 Wythe Avenue).  (more…)

08/27/15 8:41am
These nice young men want to show you a rocking good time. via Facebook

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…)

08/26/15 10:00am

Dardy Bar
245 S. 1st Street (Between Roebling and Havemeyer), Williamsburg
917-721-3839

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What it is: A neighborhood bar focused on great tunes and cheap drinks.

Why we love it: Dardy Bar is as unpretentious as it is unassuming, nestled on a quiet block in South Williamsburg that’s off the worn and beaten path of Bedford Ave. It’s one of the newer places on the scene, but Dardy Bar has already found its niche with the locals. Jimmy and Brian, who own the joint, are often tending bar and making friends with patrons while rotating through a well-curated playlist that stretches from rock ‘n roll standbys to full-on R. Kelly dance parties. Challenge some new amigos to a friendly game of shuffleboard or call up some old buds and gather round Connect Four and a selection of other tried-and-true boardgames, all while getting increasingly tipsy on homey, feel-good vibes and a great selection of beer & spirits.

Who to bring: This place is practically designed for a no-pressure first date on a weeknight, where the volume of patrons isn’t overwhelming, the atmosphere is relaxed and casual, and you can always play Jenga if you run out of things to talk about.

What to get: You’re gonna want a beer. With $2 Coors Banquet Drafts all night Tuesdays, 2-for-1 draft & well options all night Wednesdays, and great draft beers under $6 all week long, you definitely can stretch your dollar at Dardy Bar. And what pairs better with a cheap, great beer than hot wings, nachos, and more delicious noms to help aide the destruction of your gastrointestinal system?

Regular tip: Dardy Bar is quickly becoming a go-to filming location! Check out Dardy Bar in a new Showtime series 3am.

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 9:10am
It'll be just like this, hopefully

It’ll be just like this, hopefully

So yesterday I told you to attack the week like Jon Stewart attacked John Cena. Hopefully if you did that, the week didn’t hit back at you like John Cena did to Jon Stewart last night. Even if it did though, just get a couple friends to drag you off the mat and to one of the cool events going on tonight, especially one pulled off the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

08/24/15 8:22am
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Sorry Boots, your revolution is in another castle. via Facebook

You know, usually Monday comes around and I’m all glum and tell you guys to enjoy the night in spite of the fact that it’s Monday. Screw that today though, holy crap did you see Jon Stewart hit John Cena with a chair last night? Attack the week like you’re making a vicious and unexpected heel turn, starting by going out and having a great time at one of these events pulled from the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (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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08/20/15 8:00am
Get some thrills tonight

Get some thrills tonight

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…)

08/19/15 11:24am
It provides artful photography, but these empty coffee cups belong in the trash. via Flickr user Paul Kelly

It provides artful photography, but these empty coffee cups belong in the trash. via Flickr user Paul Kelly

When the first Starbucks in Williamsburg appeared, plenty of people grumlbed about trash coffee. What they hadn’t counted on was coffee trash being strewn around the neighborhood, although let’s be honest you should always expect more trash in New York City. Sick of seeing it pile up on the streets around her business, the owner of Williamsburg coffee shop The West is offering a discount on their coffee if you bring in a picture of yourself throwing away Starbucks litter. Good troll or great troll? (more…)