Although not yet open for business, the barge itself will take up its new position near Transmitter Park later this week.
Despite initial opposition from neighbors and the local community board, a liquor license was finally granted on June 2nd, much to the delight of bar manager and co-owner Will Drawbridge.
Waiting on the liquor license has held up the opening process a little, but Will tells us that they are currently hoping to be up and running by the end of June.
The 2,700 sq ft barge will house a bar and restaurant from which diners will be able to enjoy some of the best river views in the city. The moderately priced menu will range from finger foods like shrimp skewers and potstickers, through burgers, salads and mains such as BBQ skirt steak and grilled salmon fillets.
The drinks menu will include a ‘Barge-elata‘ (beer, lime, tomato juice, hot sauce) and a ‘Greenpoint Mule‘ (tequila, ginger beer, lime) as well as bottled beers and wine.
Aside from the bar and restaurant, the 7,000 sq ft land space next to the boat will offer loads of opportunities for community involvement with waterfront activities such as conservation, sailing and kayaking. There will even be a free fishing program where the Brooklyn Barge team provide the rod, baited hook, and teacher, so that all you have to do is turn up and fish (and then release)!
The barge will also be a site for the Billion Oyster Project, an education project that seeks to restore a billion oysters to New York Harbor by 2030.
Brooklyn Barge Bar will be moored at 3 Milton Street, just adjacent to Transmitter Park. Watch this space for news on opening date.