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Sunday, March 22: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


What: Live screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) with live score
When: Sunday, March 22
Time: 7 pm
Cost: free

We are very excited to host this special screening of the 1920s German silent horror classic, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Not only will be watching a restored print of this Expressionist classic, we’ll be treated to a live score by gypsy jazz musician Alex Simon and his band.

We’ll be squeezing in as many seats as possible, but encourage everyone to arrive early in order to get a good spot.

Dinner by our friends at Burma Noodle Bar. Menu preview:

  • Samosas
  • Onion fritters
  • Curry beef croquettes
  • Tea leaf salad: Fermented Burmese green tea, crispy beans, nuts, and garlic, fresh cabbage and tomato.
  • Mohinga: spicy catfish chowder, rice noodles, split pea crisps, hard boiled egg, cilantro, lime

Alex Simon has performed at The Guggenheim, The NYC Marathon, as well as world-renowned cocktail lounges Milk & Honey, The Pegu Club, Bathtub Gin, Nomad, Hotel Delmano, The Norwood, Radegast, Vin Sur Vingt, Fada, Fete Paradiso, Cubana Social, Brooklyn Winery, The Jalopy Theater, St. Mazie, Cadaques, etc. Inspired by the legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, Simon imbues dazzling technique and lyrical, impressionistic expression with a twenty-first century sensibility reminiscent of modern day guitar master Marc Ribot, with whom he has studied and performed.

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Saturday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day

ValentinesDay2015What: Valentine’s Day

When: Saturday, February 14th

Time: 8 pm – late

Cost: Free

Share a night out with us and your sweetheart(s)! DJ Vid will be playing Bowie, Phil Spector, post punk and new wave, and we’ll be serving up a punch special built for two. For one night only, you can get half-sized bowls of our Valentine’s Day punch special for $24, complete with adorable glassware and heart shaped rox.

Valentine’s Punch — The Genoa: Damrak Gin, Appertivo Cappalletti, grapefruit, soda water, sparkling wine

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Sunday, Dec. 14th: Caroling with Mom

What: 4th Annual Caroling with Mom
When: Sunday, Dec. 14th
Time: 6 pm – 10 pm
Cost: Free

Adam’s mom, Judy, is a rockstar of Christmas, and The Drink is her stage. Each year, she travels up from Baltimore with a car full of homemade cookies to lead a motley crew of jews, atheists, muslims — and the occasional believer — in classic Christmas carols from our piano.

Add in our vintage Christmas tree and decorations, hot wassail, our family egg nog recipe, the fireplace in the backroom, and a bottle of whiskey shared with strangers, and you have a recipe for just about the best Christmas event in Brooklyn. Come join us.

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Sunday, Dec. 7th: Krampus / 4 Year Anniversary Party


What: Krampus / 4 Year Anniversary Party
When: Sunday, Dec. 7th
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
Cost: Free

We are turning 4! And yet again, celebrating our birth with weirdest of weird holidays, Krampus. Nothing says bar anniversary party like German, Anti-Santa goat demon that shakes chains at small children.

“Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.”

Holiday miracle, Krampus falls near the anniversary of opening, so every year we eat Germanic food, drink German beer, listen to metal, and dress up as Christmas demons, horns and all, to celebrate the fact that we exist. We like to imagine that our bar is Krampus’s lair.

This year we’ll be joined by the incredible occult witch metal of Serpentskirt. They say:

We came together under a super moon. For inspiration we listen to the Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Babes in Toyland, Black Tambourine, The Cure, Siousxie and the Banshees, Le Tigre, Chelsea Wolf and more. We read tarot cards and write spells into our songs. We are not afraid to get fast and LOUD. We are not afraid of anything.

Opening for them is the pyschadelic freak out terror jazz of 2001: A Bass Odyssey, a solo dude playing double bass (electric and upright).

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Eater: “13 Awesome Places to Swill a Cocktail for Under $10 in New York City”

Let’s face it. Good cocktails that happen to be cheap are not easy to find in this town. Hell, even cheap beer is becoming a relic as dive bars like the Mars Bar shutter and Subway Inn is forced to move. Fortunately, there are still some caring bar-owners who open up their doors every day and welcome tired, thirsty New Yorkers with a quality pour that’s affordable. Here are 13 of them.

The Drink

This low-key Williamsburg bar mixes up $10 drinks all day, which by New York standards is pretty cheap. But is also offers glasses of punch for $5 a glass, in flavors that rotate through from a long list of concoctions on a daily basis. Plus during happy hour, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m on Mondays through Fridays, all well drinks are just $6.

Click here to read more, and find out more awesome places for cheap drinks in NYC.

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Punch: “The Newest Bartender Obsession: Mellow Corn”

We were excited to highlight this little shot on our menu, all the proceeds of which go to the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

The owners of The Drink, a small bar on a side street in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, were feeling charity-minded earlier this year. They wanted to put a shot on the menu, the proceeds from which would go toward a good cause.

“We were looking for something that was a little different, that would stand out,” said Nika Carlson, an owner of the bar. The eventual winner: the newest bartender darling, Mellow Corn.

Click here to read more about Mellow Corn.

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Friday, October 31st: Halloween Animal Party


What: Halloween Animal Party
When: Friday, October 31st
Time: 9 pm – late
Cost: Free

Gettin’ real spookey-ookey this year with a big old Halloween party. We’ve got music by dj bruce, a photobooth, drink specials, costume prizes, smoke machines, and more.

Also, it’s an Animal Party! Why? Who knows! Mostly we just really wanted to use that drawing Adam did of teddy bears in bikinis. We know you’ll approve.

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Sunday, Oct. 26th: 3rd Annual Gala Gala Hey! Apple Festival

What: 3rd Annual Gala Gala Hey! Apple Festival
When: Sunday, Oct 26th
Time: 3 pm – 10 pm
Cost: Free

The Drink is celebrating all things apples and fall at our 3rd Annual Gala Gala Hey! Apple Festival this Sunday, Oct. 26th. Timed this year to coincide with NYC Cider Week, we’re not only pouring ciders from all over the state, region, and the world, we’re serving apple pie, bobbing for apples (and whiskey!), hosting live Americana music, and topping the night with square dancing.

We’ve got some awesome bands playing, including the Kings County Ramblers, Deadhorse Bay, and Sean Walsh of the National Reserve. The amazing Don Coy (just look at this pic! old man in a white hat/white/pants/red shirt/bolo tie combo is killer) is calling squares from 8:30 – 10, but be sure to show up earlier in the day to sign up, as space for dancers is limited. Bob for apples while you wait, and wash down your fruit with our signature whiskey chaser at the trough.
We’re partnering with Gowanus pie shop Four & Twenty Blackbirds to give you four kinds of apple pie (salted caramel apple, sweet potato apple crumble, apple pear rose & black currant apple), and pairing cider with cheeses from Saxelby Cheese (a highlight: Slyboro raw sheep’s milk cheese from Consider Bardwell Farm with Slyboro Ciderhouse’s Hidden Star sparkling hard cider, which was used to wash the rind of the Slyboro cheese, plus Liberty apples, which was used to make the cider).

And in addition to serving cider on tap and in pours from the bottle, we’ll also be doing cider flights, like our Hopped Cider flight featuring Doc’s Dry Hopped Hard Cider, Harvest Moon’s Heritage Hops Hard Cider, and Naked Flock’s Citra Hopped Cider). Our list of cidermakers we’ll serving on Sunday, and throughout cider week, include Aaron Burr (NY), Slyboro (NY), Orchard Hill (NY), Eve’s Cidery (NY), Docs (NY), Sovereign (NY), Naked Flock (NY), Harvest Moon (NY), Harpoon (VT), Castanon (Spain), Enlightenment Wines (NY), Aspall (England), JK Scrumpy (MI), Crispin (CA).

Clearly, we love cider, and we’re excited to show the breadth of styles and flavors in craft cider, both on Sunday and throughout the week. We’ll be continuing our on tap and by the glass/bottle list until next Friday, Oct. 31st.


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Sunday, Oct. 12th: Craig Murphey Fellowship Fundraiser

what: 8th annual craig murphey fellowship fundraiser
when: sunday, oct. 12th
time: 5 pm – 10 pm
cost: free

We are super excited to be hosting this year’s Craig Murphey Fellowship Fundraiser for the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. This 8th annual fundraising event combines some of our favorite things (drinking! prizes!) with a great cause, supporting what the magazine “The Nation” calls “one of the leading direct service and advocacy organizations on hunger and poverty in the nation.”

So come Sunday, we’ll be donating a portion of bar proceeds, plus all proceeds from a super rad raffle to NYCCAH. This non-profit group engages in direct action to bring food to hungry New Yorkers, and to advocate for programs that target the root causes of hunger in New York City and across the country (Did you know that every day, 1.4 million New Yorkers wake up not knowing where they’ll get their meals that day. One in five of them are children). For the past 7 years, with the help of people like you, the Craig Murphey Fellowship Fundraiser has raised more than $70,000 for NYCCAH and the Craig Murphey Fellowship Program.

As in years past, $5 gets you a raffle ticket with a chance at prizes from the likes of The Ace Hotel (a 2 night stay!), Etsy, Vice Magazine and more. All raffle proceeds will directly fund the salary of this year’s Craig Murphey Fellow, who continues the outstanding work of Craig Murphey, a young community organizer who worked tirelessly to help bring nutritious food to low-income New Yorkers. After Craig lost his life in a bicycle accident seven years ago, NYCCAH created the fellowship program in his honor to help carry on his legacy of anti-hunger advocacy.

Raffle tickets available for presale via Interested in donating a raffle prize? You can do so at

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Thrillist: “Brooklyn’s first-ever subway bar map”


Although the subway is largely a pretty crappy place to be, it does have redeeming qualities: 1) it’s a marvel of modern logistics, shuttling you from place to place daily, and 2) it allows you to aggressively drink without ever having to set foot in a car.

So that you can do the latter more awesomely, we present the first-ever Brooklyn Subway Bar Map (click here to enlarge!), wherein we list the best bar within a five-minute walk of basically every stop, and skip any without something good. By no means are you required to turn this into a bar crawl, but we’re not the boss of you, so do what you want.

The L …

Grand St/Bushwick Ave – The Drink

Click here to read more, and get more Thrillist subway/bar recommendations.

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