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Sunday, May 18th: First Annual Pinewood Derby





Welcome to The Drink’s First Annual Pinewood Derby: The Waterman Invitational, sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon and the Breckenridge Brewery! This is a classic, scout-style pinewood derby, but open to the public and scaled up to adult tastes.

Imagine former scouts, art and design nerds, and competitive people of the earth coming together to see whose tiny wooden car is the fastest, the handsomest and the most able to beat their friends in a meaningless beer and bourbon fueled race. We think it’s gonna be the best.

In addition to holding timed races with pinewood derby cars carved and decorated by you, we’re having a weenie roast, bug juice punch, drink specials from Four Roses Bourbon and Breckenridge Brewery, and a costume contest and a contest for best design judged by our color commentators. The costume contest is open not only to race entrants, but also to spectators.

Grand prize for the races is a snowboard provided by Breckenridge Brewery. Other prizes to be announced, but you are GUARANTEED they’re going to include an awesome plastic trophy that reminds you of Little League/Pee Wee Soccer.

The fee for race entry is $20 and includes a regulation Pinewood Derby kit plus a set of rules. You must enter the derby on-site at The Drink at least one week prior to the race, and space is limited. If you cannot sign-up in person, please email us at to arrange another method of entry.

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Sunday, March 2: A Sweet Crude Return

what: a sweet crude return
when: sunday, march 2
time: 3 pm on. late? it’s casual!
cost: free

After damn near a year in North Dakota working as a rig up hand, our friend Flanagan Smith is putting the oil field in the rear view & moving back to the East Coast. He writes:

“I’m proud to return with all my fingers & toes and I plan to celebrate by spending a day playing some guitar at my favorite Brooklyn haunt.

An open session will follow in the early evening so rosin up your bow if you wanna get in on the action.

There’ll be drinks, food, music & lots of love.”

We expect old time jams, stories for days, and shitkicking good time. Find the Facebook event here.

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Friday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day with the Custodian of Soul

what: Valentine’s Day with The Custodian of Soul, DJ Mikey Post from Daptone Records

when: Friday, February 14th

time: 9 pm – late

cost: free

Join us and the Custodian of Soul, DJ Mikey Post of Daptone Records, as he spins original 45 records of all your favorite Motown, Northern Soul & R&B love songs. Singles, couples and lovers of all kinds, come get down to these romantic sounds. Plus, Valentine’s Day punch specials, heart shaped ice, and the perfect opportunity to seduce your current sweetie, meet a new one or just dance the night away.

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Thursday & Friday, January 2nd & 3rd: Bunna Cafe Pop-up

What: Bunna Cafe pops up with Ethiopian Dinner at The Drink
when: Thursday and Friday, January 2nd and 3rd

time: 6 pm – 10 pm
cost: from $5-$10 a person

Bunna Cafe says:

Over the past two years we have popped up in dozens of places. One of the most beautiful and comfortable of these has always been The Drink. So it seems appropriate that we end our pop-up era at this sailor-themed bar in East Williamsburg.

BUNNA CAFE IS GOING PERMANENT, starting late January. Come see us beforehand and let’s toast to the new year and new opportunities. Betam Konjo baby…

Menu coming soon… we’ll be trying out some new dishes for our permanent menu, dtls to come.

About Bunna Cafe:

Bunna Cafe is a new Ethiopian Vegetarian Restaurant, Coffeehouse, and Music Venue that will be opening in BK later this year. Until then, we are a travelling cafe. We are hosting dinner parties and collaborative headline events around the city — in bars, cafes, rooftops, parking lots, friends’ apartments, beach, etc…?

What do you get from a Bunna event? For one, food — lots of it. Healthy, tasty, gourmet vegan Ethiopian food. And, you get to experience the coffee ceremony, which involves making coffee from raw bean to powerful aromatic brew and every single amazing smell, sight, taste that goes with it. Then we throw in Tej (Ethiopian honey wine), surprisingly good Ethiopian beers, live music, a film or two, flea markets, dj’s, dance parties, etc. etc. etc.

Our aim is to take a beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated Ethiopian tradition of entertainment and create multi-faceted, multi-genre events that creates goodwill and good times in NYC. If you’ve ever wrapped a saucy mix of lentils, peppers and spices around an odd but comforting fluffy sour flatbread and stuffed it in your salivating pie hole, then you know what we’re talking about. If not, it’s time to carpe diem, my friend.

See you soon. We are ready.

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Tuesday, December 31st: New Year’s Eve Soul

What: New Year’s Eve Soul
When: Tuesday, December 31st
Time: 10 pm – 4 am
Cost: Free

DJs DJs Brian Sears aka BSears & Sami Dariush aka Soul Sami are bringing you an all vinyl 45s dance party, with the best in rare soul, funk, latin and disco. Expect to hear the finest music in Williamsburg right in time to ring in the New Year.

No cover, 3 kinds of bubbly, and a free champagne toast at midnight! More info, plus a selection of rare grooves, on the Event page.

About the DJs:

Brian Sears – Aka. BSears – Originally from Kansas, but recent Brooklyn transplant from Austin, TX, has been collecting rare funk & soul 45s for nearly a decade. Sears got his start in college, and has proceeded to DJ some of the top soul nights in America. Sears has also assisted in reissuing various projects on Jazzman Records in the UK as well as Truth Soul Records based in Brooklyn.

Sami Dariush – Aka. Soul-Sami – Originally from Helsinki Finland has played most of the important soul nights across Europe. Not to mention, hosting his own legendary soul party, radio show and owning his own record store for a number of years. Dariush has been collecting rare soul & funk 45s for well over fifteen years.

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Sunday, December 15th: Caroling with Mom

what: caroling with mom

when: Sunday, December 15th

time: 5 pm – 10 pm

cost: free

Adam’s mom + piano + caroling around the piano + homemade cookies. What more could you want? Let’s get Christmas-y.

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Sunday, December 8th: Krampus / 3-year-anniversary Party

what: Krampus / Our 3-Year-Anniversary Party

when: Sunday, December 8th

time: all day/night

cost: free

We’re turning 3, and as usual, are celebrating with the best weird German holiday we know: Krampus.

A recap for those not yet in the know:

“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, it 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’re exist.

This year, we’re being sponsored by Maisel’s Weisse and Bayreuther Aktien Zwick’l Kellerbier, a couple of amazing German beers we’ll be pouring for $3 a pint.

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Thursday & Friday, Sept. 12th & 13th: Ethiopian New Year with Bunna Cafe!

What: Enkutatash! Ethiopian New Year at The Drink

When: Thursday and Friday, Sept. 12th & 13th

Time: 6 pm – 10 pm

Cost: Dinner starts at $10/person

Bunna Cafe is back at The Drink, Thursday and Friday September 12 and 13. Ethiopian New Year is September 11 so we will be celebrating with The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, Ethiopian Booze including Harar Beer, Tej, and Shai Correntis, Ethiopian Tunes, and maybe more!

Come get some of NYC’s tastiest and healthiest Ethiopian food plus drink coffee from the source, original single origin beans from the Kellensoo region of Ethiopia, supplied by Think Coffee. Bunna Cafe was recently named by Gothamist as serving one of the nine best vegan dishes in the city!

Dinner is from 6 to 10. Cash only for food. Please tip your waiters and bartenders.

Happy 2006! Everything is eshi.

Want to know why the Ethiopian New Year falls this week? Read on for details from Bunna Cafe’s friend, Yemane Taye:

The current year according to the Ethiopian calendar is 2006, which WILL begin on September 11, 2012 AD of the Gregorian calendar. A SEVEN- TO EIGHT-YEAR GAP between the Ethiopian and Gregorian calendars results from an alternate calculation in determining the date of the Annunciation (the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God ) of Jesus.


The Ethiopian calendar (Amharic: የኢትዮጵያ ዘመን አቆጣጠር yä’Ityoṗṗya zämän aḳoṭaṭär) is the principal calendar used in Ethiopia and also serves as the liturgical calendar for Christians in Eritrea and Ethiopia belonging to the Orthodox Tewahedo churches, Eastern Catholic Church and Lutheran Orthodox Church.

It is a sidereal calendar based on the older Alexandrian or Coptic calendar, which in turn derives from the Egyptian calendar, but like the Julian calendar, it adds a leap day every four years without exception, and begins the year on August 29 or August 30 in the Julian calendar.

Like the Coptic calendar, the Ethiopic or Ge’ez calendar has twelve months of exactly 30 days each plus five or six epagomenal days, which comprise A THIRTEENTH MONTH. The Ethiopian months begin on the same days as those of the Coptic calendar, but their names are in Ge’ez. The sixth epagomenal day is added every four years without exception on August 29 of the Julian calendar, six months before the Julian leap day.

Thus the FIRST DAY OF THE ETHIOPIAN YEAR, 1 MÄSKÄRÄM, for years between 1901 and 2099 (inclusive), IS USUALLY SEPTEMBER 11 (GREGORIAN). It, however, falls on September 12 in years before the Gregorian leap year

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Sunday, September 15th: 2nd Annual Gala Gala Hey! (an apple festival)



TIME: 3 PM – 10 PM


Help us usher in fall with our favorite celebration of apples, Gala Gala Hey! We’re teaming up with Kate Lebo and The Bored Vegetarian for an apple onslaught: some of our favorite ciders, apple food pairings, bobbing for apples, old-timey music, and 5 varieties of pies from the amazing baker, Lebo (5 kinds!).

She’ll be offering up cheddar-crusted apple pie, whiskey crumble apple pie, honey-ginger apple pie, brandied apple cardamom pie and apple pear pie. Pie slices are all $5 and whole pies are $40. Vegetarians beware! The secret ingredient to Kate’s super-flaky crust is LARD. Stick to Cheddar-Crusted Apple or Apple Pear Pie. They’ll be made with all butter crusts.

On tap we’ll be serving Doc’s Pumpkin Cider and Harpoon Cider. In the bottle, we’ve got Doc’s Hard Cider (New York), Sidra Castanon (Spain), Slyboro Hidden Star Sparkling Cider (New York), Aaron Burr Ginger Carrot Cider (New York), JK Scrumpy Farmhouse Organic Hard Cider (Michegan) and Duche de Longueveille Dry Sparking Non-Alcoholic Cider (France), in regular pours and a few super fun tasting flights.

In additional to apples and fall, we’ll be celebrating the release of Lebo’s new cookbook, A Commonplace Book of Pie,

a quirky collage of fact and fiction that combines humor, art, recipes, pop culture, and poetry to redefine America’s favorite dessert. Pie is a medium for conversation in this debut book from Chin Music Press, balancing Lebo’s technical baker know-how with lyrical ruminations on the real and imagined relationships between pie and those who love it.

Kate’s writing has appeared in Best New Poets, Gastronomica, and Poetry Northwest among other journals, and she’s currently at work on a pie cookbook for Sasquatch Books, forthcoming in 2014. She teaches creative writing at Richard Hugo House and pie making at Pie School, her cliche-busting pastry academy. She also hosts Pie Stand, a social that uses pie to create conversations across communities.

The Bored Vegetarian is Bethany of Greenpoint:

The Bored Vegetarian is a way to push myself (and hopefully you!) to try new recipes, new flavors and new textures. Food shound be fun and exciting, not boring. This blog is about that.

Pie Menu

Music Schedule:

  • 3:30 pm: Hello Lovers
  • 5 pm: John Atzberger, Daniel King and friends
  • 7:30 pm: The National Reserve
  • 9 pm: special guest!

Hello Lovers is a strange fruit; comprised of and informed by musicians from different backgrounds and lineages. From prestigious conservatories to ad hoc improvisation pot lucks, avant garde and experimental studies to negro spiritual workshops, thru noise abandons and punk ethics.

The music of musician/composer j.c.King solo and in various constellations With Long term collaborators; Masha Poloskova_violin, Mollie Fischer_cello, Hannah Liddell_piano, Leah Celest_viola, Corey Walker_brass, multi instrumentalist Andy Hadaway (and many wonderful guests) has been intentionally amorphous, however, remains to celebrate accoustic orchestral instrumentation and musicianship.

With Mr.King’s unique songs, employing improvisation to examine the environments of consistently romantic themes, Hello Lovers are cultivating a zealous and ritual method of torch song. musics of resonant harmony, mystery, stillness and erratic movement.

Hello lovers are currently finishing thier third studio recording “glorified”

In 2012 Mr.king relocated to Brooklyn to train, write and experiment with new work.

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Sunday, September 22nd: Maryland-style steamed crab feast! (updated)

what: a Maryland-style steamed crab feast

when: Sunday, Sept. 22nd

time: 2 pm – 9 pm

cost: $35/half dozen crabs

For me, summer is about the beach, wearing as little clothing as possible and eating crabs, Maryland style. For those in the know, steamed Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, piled high on a table covered in paper and spread with wooden hammers, paper towels and ample cans of cold beer is about the best thing imaginable. For those who don’t know this, I’m here to tell you.

Read more, and find out how to make your reservation, at the link.

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