Bars

Afternoon Happy Hours for Your Summer Friday Drinking

All these beers could be yours for $25   Image: Keg & Lantern Brewing/Facebook

It’s summer. It’s Friday. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’re currently enjoying a Summer Friday, a wonderful work perk that affords you a little work/life balance. If you have the whole day off, you might have headed to Five Leaves for a chill breakfast without the weekend crowd or to Acme for Fish Fridays (that cooler is a godsend during hot summer months). After lounging in the park, taking a small nap, and/or any of the other hundred things that make summer Fridays so delicious, you’ll want to get in on those happy hours you usually miss out on. Continue reading

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Diamond Lil, a Nouveau Bar on Nassau

All photos by Jackie Roman 

A couple of weekends ago, Diamond Lil quietly opened its doors at 179 Nassau Avenue. The bar takes its name from a risqué Broadway play by former Greenpoint resident, playwright, Hollywood star and sex symbol, Mae West. This is just one of the ways the space pays homage to strong women. The bar is co-owned by John Wright and Tim Murray, who is the same owner of Broken Land (105 Franklin Ave.) which hosted several fundraisers for Planned Parenthood leading up to the Women’s March earlier this year. There will likely be fundraisers in the future focusing on local organizations.  Continue reading

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Spring Is in the Air: Outdoor Gardens and Rooftops

Northern Territory in Greenpoint
City views from Northern Territory’s rooftop

I don’t know about you, but my favorite part of spring is being able to finally emerge from the dark and the cold to sit outside in the sun, preferably sipping on a nice saison and surrounded by greenery. I don’t ask for much. Luckily, Greenpoint is chock-full of great places to eat and drink outdoors, either in magical green gardens or on rooftops with stellar views. Here are a few places worth the trip.

Northern Territory
12 Franklin Street
Good for: Gorgeous semi-panoramic rooftop views and large groups.

This Australian-themed bar features an expansive rooftop with its own bar and wooden bench tables that channel something of a summer beach vibe. Gaze across the East River to watch the sunset over the city or to ponder the Empire State Building’s color of the day. Add a Beer & Shot into the mix for $10 during happy hour, grab an Aussie burger, and you’re set.
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Celebrate Beer for 8 Days with NYC Beer Week (2/24-3/4)

Any beer geek is living in heaven right now. New York City is home to over 50 breweries, while the state has over 150 microbreweries and over 130 farm breweries. The vast majority of these breweries came into existence during the last decade. There’s now a LOT of beer being brewed pretty close to home, and many are widely available throughout the city. The year is filled with events to celebrate such bounty and one of the best festivals starts today with New York City Beer Week.

The nonprofit NYC Brewers Guild is behind the annual New York City Beer Week. The NYC Brewers Guild works as an advocate for its members, helps grow the craft beer industry, and throws events like this. They help with everything from needing niche ingredients or brewing help to getting involved with local, state, and federal policies. New York City Beer Week is their “8-day celebration of good beer” and more than a few events will be taking place in North Brooklyn and LIC, including NYC’s first Fermentation Festival ($20) tomorrow at the Brooklyn Expo Center on Noble St @ Franklin St. Here’s a rundown of everything going on close to home, and apparently, we can expect more than a few tipsy souls belting out ABBA. Continue reading

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Craft Spirits Made in Brooklyn: New York Distilling Company and The Shanty Bar

The New York Distilling Company specializes in craft gin and rye whiskey.
New York Distilling Company specializes in craft gin and rye whiskey.

On a recent bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, I forced myself out of my toasty apartment, dressed my hound in his finest sweater and headed to New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg (79 Richardson St.), where they open their doors not only to people but to the dogs of North Brooklyn for an afternoon of spirits and fun. Fittingly enough, the distillery opened in 2011 on the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. We sure are grateful that we don’t have to hide our booze anymore and can openly imbibe in the comfort of their intimate attached bar, The Shanty.

The Shanty offers a cozy place to enjoy the spirits produced in-house as well as a full service bar.
The Shanty offers a cozy place to enjoy the spirits produced in-house as well as a full-service bar.

Coziness is the ideal against which I tend to judge all establishments, and this bar definitely met my expectations. The dark wood is complimented by the glow of soft lighting, a wall of liquor bottles reflecting back the warmth. Although I didn’t receive a particularly warm greeting from the bartender, he did treat each cocktail with care. With hands still half-frozen from the early arrival of winter in New York, I was delighted to see a hot toddy on the menu. It was subtly satisfying, if lacking a bit in the honey department, and presented with star anise, just like I make it for guests. The Shanty boasts a full bar with reasonably priced cocktails, and are kind enough to include several craft beer options for the beer enthusiasts among us. There are plenty of comfortable seating options, all complete with a view into the distillery where the magic happens. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Cocktail Becomes As Famous As The Neighborhood Itself

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-5-51-27-pmI was reading an article on eleven of the hottest cocktails from around the globe in the New York Times when the article mentioned a new drink that is all the rage: the Greenpoint.

Though it pains me as a proud Brooklynite, the Greenpoint is a variation on the famous cocktail the Manhattan. The drink, created by Michael McIlory at NYC’s legendary Milk and Honey, gets it name because the Chartreuse that is its main ingredient creates a green hue.

So, what goes into a Greenpoint? The drink consists of two ounces of rye whiskey and a half ounce of yellow Chartreuse. Then add another half ounce of sweet vermouth. The last two ingredients are pinches of angostura bitters and orange bitters. Take all the ingredients and put them in a mixing glass with ice. Next, stir and strain it into a cocktail glass. Finally, top it off with a lemon twist garnish. Continue reading

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Six Great Spots to Cheer on the Mets in the NL Wild Card Game Tonight

After making it all the way to the World Series last year, the New York Mets have a shot at playoff baseball for the second season in a row. They face off against the San Francisco Giants in the National League wild card game at Citi Field at 8:09pm tonight. This is do-or-die time for the Mets, as the loser of this game will hang up their cleats until next season and the winner will advance to the NLDS vs. the Chicago Cubs. It’s a home game, Mets ace Noah Syndergaard is on the mound, and the forecast calls for perfect baseball weather this evening. Now, all we can do is raise a cold glass of beer to the Amazins and hope for the best tonight. In order to help you do that, we thought we’d put together a little list of some of the best Mets/baseball hot spots around (or close to) Greenpoint!

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Introducing Bullet Mouth: Greenpointers’ New Advice Column

Bullet Mouth is Greenpointers’ new advice column, here to answer your questions on life’s many vexing issues.

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Raise a glass to living within your means.

Dear Bullet Mouth:
I have a group of friends who love to go out to dinner and out to bars all the time, which is great, as I love to socialize and be out on the town too.
The problem is, lately I’ve been a little on the broke side and can’t afford the same lifestyle. I want to see people and be involved, but how do I avoid forking over serious cash every night?
—Cash-Strapped on Calyer

Dear Cash-Strapped on Calyer: Everyone I know has this problem. Like you, they either can’t afford night-after-night out or, if they can, feel guilty about it because they should be saving more or engaging in healthier activities. You are absolutely not a special snowflake in this regard.

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Where To Watch The Debate In North Brooklyn Tonight!

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Whichever candidate you’re voting for or voting against, or even if you’re one of those jerks abstaining in protest, the presidential debates this year should make for some damn good trainwreck TV. ::gets popcorn::

The debate will start at 9pm and is slated to last 90 minutes, commercial-free. Next week there will be a vice presidential debate on October 4, and then two more presidential debates on October 9 and October 19.

Here’s a roundup of where you can watch the debates tonight in North Brooklyn.

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Endless Summer: The Search for the Perfect Frozen Cocktail

Does the end of summer have you feeling blue? Unfeel all your feels and keep that summer vibe going with these tasty frozen cocktails served long after your tan fades.

Frozen White Sangria - Northern Territory
Frozen White Sangria – Northern Territory

Northern Territory
12 Franklin St., Greenpoint

Frozen White Sangria $12
Enjoy this frozen White Sangria with a killer view of Manhattan from this north Brooklyn rooftop. Additional frozen cocktails on rotation.

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