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Mexican Mondays with Chef Eduardo Sandoval

Chef Eduardo Sandoval grew up in the border town of El Paso, Texas, neighboring ciudad Juarez. He was surrounded by Mexican street food that was served every weekend at his family’s swapmeet, El Bronco, a colorful marketplace where each vendor brought something unique to the table. Inspired by the food that he grew up on, his abuela’s cooking, and the energy of the swapmeet, Chef Eduardo’s “El Broncito” is an homage to the Sandoval family and Mexican street fare.

We are honored to be hosting him this MONDAY, JUNE 2ND for a pop-up “El Broncito,” in a collaboration we’re brilliantly calling Mexican Mondays. “El broncito” will be offering elote, Mexican shrimp cocktail, tortas, tacos, burritos (not California style), and gorditas from 6 – 10 on June 2, with more Mexican Mondays to come.

The Drink will be serving a combo of Mexicali, a crisp Mexican pilsner, with a shot of Pueblo Viejo, our killer well tequila that is 100% agave and produced at produced at San Matias, one of the oldest distilleries in Mexico. We’re also using Monday’s pop-up to re-launch our much beloved summer punch, The Mutiny, made with tequila, watermelon juice, lime, mint and rhubarb bitters. Salud!

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Sunday, June 8th: 4th Annual Pentecost

what: 4th annual pentecost party

when: sunday, june 8th

time: 4 pm – 10 pm

cost: free

Rejoice! Pentecost is almost upon us! As usual, we will be celebrating with mead, giant turkey legs, whiskey baptisms, bands and sword fighting demonstrations and lessons. Will you be the knighted a champion of The Drink?

This year, we’ll be joined by Holy Hand Grenade at 7 for medieval style jams plus a touch of gospel, plus the No Small Money Brass Band playing African and Caribbean dance jams. We’re doing a mashp-up of Southern-style Pentecostal and good old Arthurian Medieval shit. Come get your Renn Faire on.

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Sunday, May 18th: First Annual Pinewood Derby



TIME: 3 PM – 10 PM


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 handy folk 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 having a scoutin’ good time, we’re having a weenie roast, bug juice punch, drink specials from Four Roses Bourbon and Breckenridge Brewery, a costume contest and color commentators. Grand prize for fastest car is a new snowboard from Breckenridge Brewery. Other prizes to be announced, but you are GUARANTEED they’re going to include a stupid plastic trophy that reminds you of your Little League/Pee Wee Soccer past.

How does one compete?

1. Come on in to The Drink during business hours and register for the race. There is a $20 (cash only please) registration fee which gets you an official pinewood derby kit complete with wood, wheels and axles. It also guarantees a spot in our tournament where you can pit your car against other crafty folk. If you cannot sign-up in person, please email us at to arrange another method of entry.

2. Assemble, paint, decorate, and fine tune your car. You have until tournament day to make it fast and hot! Official rules are included with your kit.

3. Show up for race day on Sunday, May 18th, with your completed car between 3pm and 4pm to be checked in, weighed, and approved by race officials.

4. Get ready to have an awesome time racing your car in timed and photographed heats, set up tournament style. Winning categories include fastest car, best design. There is also an award for best costume, which is open to all attendees, not just racers.

Already entered, but lost your Pinewood Derby rules? You can download a PDF copy at the link below.

Pinewood Derby Rules

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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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