One way to lift your spirits during the gray days of winter—which have been disgustingly rainy, not beautiful snow-filled wonderlands—is by simply snuggling up to your honey with a nice hot toddy in hand, in front of a fire. And yet, most of us live in apartments where fires are decidedly not encouraged. Those silly building codes. Luckily, some of our favorite neighborhood bars are here for the nights where you have to fill that primordial need to get out of the cold and warm up by the fire.
Achilles Heel (180 West St) – If the staff of Achilles Heel loves one thing, it’s fire. Their fireplace keeps everything toasty through the night, but if you there in the evening, don’t be surprised if it’s being used for actual cooking.
Battery Harris (64 Frost St) – The cold can’t stop the beach vibes outside Battery Harris so they have a big fire pit to help keep you warm. It’s almost like a late summer beach bonfire. Almost.
Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint Ave) – All the way at the back of the bar is Black Rabbit’s perfect make-out spot: on the bench in front of the fire. It’s preferred by 3 out of 4 couples.
Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) – Though your drink options are limited to what Brouwerij Lane’s is carrying beer/cider-wise, the fireplace and friendly company more than make up for the lack of hot toddies.
Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 N 15th St) – To make up for all the drafty cold seeping through Greenpoint Beer & Ale’s huge glass garage doors is a substantial fireplace. Pro tip: you’ll want to sit at the bar, it can get a bit hot right in front.
Spritzenhaus (33 Nassau Ave) – Our very own beer hall has one of the most impressive fireplaces. Open on three sides, you can usually get an adjacent table, but if not, you can also enjoy from a spot at the bar.
Union Pool (484 Union Ave) – The magical backyard of Union Pool is kept warm through the winter by their fire pit, so you won’t catch a chill while waiting for your tacos.
If you want to erase all memories of 2016 via booze, hardcore dancing and from anywhere but your couch, here’s our list of where to party in North Brooklyn this New Years Eve. From prix fixe dinners to house music legends to open bars, to champagne toasts to confetti explosions and confessionals, we’ve got you covered. Some of these events are sold out already with waiting lists, but most of them aren’t… Yet. Assemble your crew!
Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave. NYE Love Bombs, with dj’s Soul Clap, No Regular Play & Love Tempo; champagne toast at midnight and an open bar from 12-1am, balloon drop, confetti cannons and a breakfast buffet! 9pm-6am. Tickets $65 available here, more info on Facebook.
St. Vitus | 1120 Manhattan Ave. Slowly sway to post-punk emo rockers Rainer Maria, with openers Snail Mail, 8pm. $25 tickets here.
Black Flamingo | 168 Borniquen Place A Good Flocking Time: DJs and dancing from 9pm-4am, Jacques Renault, Midnight Magic, Beto Cravioto, Higgins. Tickets $15-20 here, info here.
Brooklyn Winery | 213 N 8th Street Brooklyn Winery presents an Alice In Wonderland themed party titled World of Wonder. From 9pm-1:30am, ring in 2017 in the forest of whimsy! Don your most fantastical cocktail attire and raise a glass to the end of another great year with a four and a half hour open bar, lavish antipasti spreads, and passed hors d’oeuvres. The space will be transformed into a fantastical world where reality is altered and nothing is quite as it seems. Dance the night away in a mystical forest, find surprises in every room, and capture it all in a one-of-a-kind custom photo booth! Tickets $150, here.
Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Avenue From 9pm-4am Brooklyn Bazaar is hosting The Greatest New Year’s Party Ever 2017, aka F#CK 2016! As quite possibly the worst year on record, let’s destroy it like a teenage house party! Titus Andronicus, High Waisted, & Toys in Trouble will be performing live, with DJs Michael T, Dirtyfinger, Cousin Cole and more to fill out the rest of the night. Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast with their own Ballpit Drop! Bring your worst moment of 2016 on a piece of paper, shred it in the shredder and watch your worst moment become a confetti explosion at Midnight. See-saw your troubles away, scream out your 2016 angst in our screaming high striker and play Pin the Blame on the Politician! Lose yourself in our ball pit and come dance in 3 floors of possibility and installations so you can forget 2016 and start 2017 off right. Tickets $40-$80, info hereContinue reading →
WEDNESDAY 1/13 ☺ aLIVE in January @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 7pm, $5–$15, Poetry, performance, and music from Valerie Kuehne, Niina Pollari, Syreeta McFadden, Jane Gabriels, and Nejma Shea, More info ☺ Match Game @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Contestants try to answer fill-in-the-blank questions, with the objective being to match the answers given by a celebrity panel, More info
THURSDAY 1/14 ☺ 2nd Annual Improv Fest @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, Honor the power of immediate presence in performance, through dance, music, Butoh, action theater, comedy, lighting, and more, Buy tix ♫ Debonair Thursdays Kick-Off @ Battery Harris (64 Frost St) 8pm, FREE, A new dinner & disco party with DJ Disgonuts and friends mixing up sophisticated disco, house, soul, and dance vibes, More info
[sponsored] 5th Annual Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, Saturday 9/26, 3pm, $55 Featuring over 100+ craft brews from New York and beyond, aficionados can sample the best seasonal, micro, and reserve brews, plus enjoy food, entertainment, and more! Buy tix
WEDNESDAY 9/23 * Who Is Bozo Texino? @ Light Industry (155 Freeman St) 7:30pm, $8, A poetic inquiry into the aesthetics and culture of hobo graffiti, More info ♫ Fancy Hair@ Macri Park (462 Union Ave) 11pm, FREE, With DJs Dicap and Timothy Allen Living, shows, tattoos, and more, RSVP
THURSDAY 9/24 * Archipelago Books Fall Fête @ Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave) 7pm, $60, Celebrate world literature and independent publishing with an open bar, appetizers, live music, raffles, gift bags, and good books, More info # Aaron Burr Cider Celebration @ North Brooklyn Farms (320 Kent Ave) 7pm, $95, A sampling of Aaron Burr ciders will be paired with a bountiful five-course farm-to-table meal, Buy tix ☺ Drunk Science @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, $5, Three intoxicated comedians compete to present the best scientific dissertation to a panel of real scientists, More info * Out of the Ash @Glasshouse ArtLifeLab (246 Union Ave) Opening night 8pm, $25 An immersive, multimedia theater experience that transports guests to a fantastically maniacal realm where a cyclically diabolical house party takes place. Buy tix
If there’s one thing all Greenpointers have in common it’s that we’re reaaallly struggling with the heat right now. As I sit writing this in my sweatbox railroad apartment, I’m silently cursing the giant AC unit I dragged off the street with ‘Free…Works!!’ written across it. Yep, it works, but not well enough. I’m slowly melting, and so are all of my worldly possessions.
Fortunately there’s plenty of freshly-chilled local hideouts to escape to, some of which offer that ingenious invention: the frozen cocktail. We’ve rounded up a few our faves, and it just so happens that each of our picks has outdoor space…so it’s really up to you to choose between icy AC and scorchio sunshine!
Frozen Harrison – Enid’s Enid’s Frozen Harrison combines tequila and grapefruit with a healthy slosh of cranberry to give us the definitive Greenpoint summer drink. It’s large and refreshing, and during happy hour costs only $5…the best deal of them all! (Happy hour is daily 4-7pm and all night on Mondays.) At other times the Harrison is $9.
(sponsored) No. 7 North NYE Party: Fried Chicken and Champagne! 931 Manhattan Ave, 8pm, FREE, More info No.7 North, a neighborhood cocktail bar with an awesome red felt pool table, is doing a crazy cool, awesome, fun, no pressure, no cover, super fun New Years Eve! We’ll be mixing up cocktails and serving up super delicious (and cheap) food. $2 Fried Chicken, $3 Broccoli Tacos, $4 for one of each!
WEDNESDAY 12/31 ♫ Gimme Tinnitus NYE @ Aviv (496 Morgan Ave) 6:30pm, $8, With the Gradients / Celestial Shore / Palberta / Baked / Multicult / Palehound / The Big Sleep / Vomitface / Parlor Walls, RSVP # Prix Fixe NYE @ Battery Harris (64 Frost St) 6:30pm, $65–$125, Four-course menu, champagne toast, and DJ Michna, Buy tix * Happy Fun Cry Karaoke Party @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 8pm, FREE, Ring in the New Year with live karaoke, plus a midnight champagne toast, RSVP * Roaring 1920s NYE @ Milk & Roses (1110 Manhattan Ave) 10pm, FREE, Live jazz, themed cocktails, complimentary canapés, and a midnight prosecco toast, More info ☺ Naked Comedy Show @ The Creek & the Cave (10-93 Jackson Ave) 11:45pm, $12, Featuring NYC’s best & bravest comedians performing in the nude; audience nudity optional, Buy tix
If this weather is leaving you longing for warmer days or perhaps a tropical vacation, save the airfare and head over to Battery Harris (64 Frost St) where you can enjoy a spicy meal and exotic cocktails that will shake off those winter shivers.
We were invited for a taste and chat with Head Chef Zachary Frankel who shared some recipes and told us why spice is perfect during the cold months.
Spicy food is really satisfying in the winter because it warms you up from the inside. Spice makes your metabolism fire. I also think having island treats reminds people of the summer to come.
When opening a new bar, coming away with a positive experience from a community board meeting presided over by a group hawkishly vigilant of both new liquor licenses and rapidly-vanishing parking spaces is no small feat, especially if in addition to drinks you’re trying to serve up a new pedestrian plaza.
However, sitting down with Etan Fraiman, who recently opened bar/restaurant Battery Harris on the once-desolate corner of Frost & Meeker along with partner David Shapiro, makes it sound like the easiest thing in the world – all you need is a little help from the DOT and a willingness to see your business in the greater context of the streetscape.
The owners of Battery Harris were actually tipped off to the DOT’s Pedestrian Plaza Program by the community board itself, and had nothing but praise for the city agency that not so long ago was referred to by many as “the department of No” for their conservative attitude towards innovation in street design. Continue reading →