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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, May 19th: Pentecost! (Southern style)



TIME: 2 PM – 10 PM


Are you ready to do it again? We’re Medieval carousing again, this year with a healthy dose of Southern Pentecostal flair. We’ve got music all day, from country tunes to blues to gospel; shrimp po’ boys and collard greens to eat; the annual reading of Le Morte d’Arthur; baptism by whiskey; and everyone’s favorite, sword fighting and sword fighting lessons from the NYC Longsword Fencing Club. Who shall we crown the 3rd knight of The Drink in 2013? Sword fighting is a late one this year. Starts at 8 pm!

May the flames of heaven reign down upon our heads, may our tongues be loose and inspired, and may our Pentecostal oath and bond be strengthened for yet another year.

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Thursday, April 4th: Melody Allegra plays bluegrass

what: Live bluegrass by Melody Berger

when: Thursday, April 4th

time: 8 pm – 10 pm

cost: free

We’re super excited to welcome Melody for her first gig at The Drink. You know we love some bluegrass tunes, and she’s such a pro. For this show she’ll be playing with Elio Schiavo, front man for the Six Deadly Venoms. Expect a lot of pretty harmony singing, friends.

Melody has been playing violin since the age of five and is classically trained in both violin and voice. She fell in love with bluegrass/old time music around 7 years ago and has been raising a ruckus in the NYC area ever since, branching out into all manner of folk genres.

In addition to regularly playing at regional favorites like The Jalopy Theater, The Living Room, Rodeo Bar, Rockwood Music Hall, and Philly’s Tin Angel and World Café Live, Melody has gotten to rock out at places like the top of Rockefeller Center and the renowned Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. She has also placed in the lauded Galax Fiddlers’ Convention bluegrass fiddle contest.

Here she is dancing/playing/singing simultaneously at the 6th annual John Hartford weekend on Jan. 26, 2013.

Find out more about Melody on her website.

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Tuesday, February 12th: SingleCut Beersmiths Launch Party



TIME: 7 PM – 10 PM


We are thrilled to host a launch party for our friends at the brand new New York brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths. This Astoria-based hop house owned by  Rich Buceta (formerly of Greenpoint Beer Works) first opened its doors last December. He’s launching his beers with a takeover of all five of our taps, accompanied by live traditional Appalachian old-timey tunes.

We’ll be pouring their:

  • 9-33 Queens Lagrrr!
  • Dean PNW Mahogany Ale
  • John Michael Dark Lyric Lagrrr!
  • Billy 18 Watt IPA
  • Billy Full Stack Imperial IPA

Click here for more info on their beers and brewing process.

Playing music will be Tom Bailey, Luke Richardson, and Nick Stillman. Fiery fiddling, percussive banjo playing, driving guitar…. Get your buck-dancing shoes on! Oh, and get ready for some nice old murder ballads for good measure, too.


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Wednesday, Dec. 5th: The Casual Sextet

what: The casual sextet play soul jazz & junk

when: Wednesday, December 5th

time: 9 pm

cost: free

One of our owners, Will Jones, is not only a great beer man, but is also a really fantastic sax player. He’s playing some jazz jams this Wednesday night with some fellow musicians, reuniting their sextet after 10 years for two sets of soul jazz and funk. They are:

  • Sam Barsh: Keys
  • Will Jones: Sax
  • Ryan Blot: Guitar
  • Adam Chilenski: Bass
  • Special Guest Eric Kalb (Charlie Hunter, Sharon Jones, John Scofield) Drums and more


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Tuesday, September 4: Roy Williams & The Country Bog Band

Roy Williams. Photo by Scott Bookman.

WHAT: Roy Williams & the Country Bog Band ft. Sean Walsh & Johnny Lam play country tunes

WHEN: Tuesday, September 4

TIME: 8 pm – 11 pm

COST: free

One of our favorite bands, and some of our favorite people, The Bog Country Band returns to play some tunes at The Drink. This Tuesday’s incarnation features Roy “Roadhouse” Williams on vocals, piano and guitar, Ian O’hara on upright bass, Coleman Smith on fiddle, Johnny Lam on pedal steel, and Sean Walsh on guitar and vocals. Come drink some drinks and watch one of the best free shows in town.

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Friday, Aug. 9th: The National Reserve ft. Roy Williams

What: The National Reserve ft. Roy Williams

When: Friday, Aug. 9th

Time: 7:30 – 10:30 pm

Cost: Free

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Sunday, June 24th: Hot Club of Bushwick play gypsy jazz

What: Hot Club of Bushwick play gypsy jazz

When: Sunday, June 24th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Cost: Free

Join us for a lazy Sunday afternoon/evening of gypsy jazz and mystery.

Nika: What’s the band like?
Pete: Gypsy jazz
Nika: How many people are playing?
Pete: I don’t know. It’s a collective?
Nika: What kinds of instruments do they play?
Pete: I don’t know. It varies. Weird ones?

We don’t know what exactly this means, but we’re excited!
We hope to make this a regular weekend thing, so please come show your support.

UPDATE: Matt of Hot Club of Bushwick tells us there will be 2 guitars and 1 upright bass. Even more excited!

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TUESDAY, APRIL 3: Roy Williams & the Country Man Choir, ft. Tamar Korn

WHAT: Roy Williams & the Country Man Choir, ft. Tamar Korn
WHEN: Tuesday, April 3
TIME: 8 pm – 11 pm

It’s the triumphant return of Roy-Boy Williams and his merry band, coming to you from the far corners of the universe (i.e. Scranton, PA) to join voices with the transcendent Tamar Korn on your favorite old country tunes. Expect deep harmonies, sharp dressers, goosebumps on your arms and pure magic.

Watch the video below for a preview of what you can expect.

Thanks to the lovely Luisa Conlon for the video.

RSVP to the event invite on Facebook.

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