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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

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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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Sunday, June 30th: Ethiopian vegan pop-up dinner with Bunna Cafe

what: The Drink hosts Bunna Cafe, an Ethiopian Vegan pop-up restaurant

when: Sunday, June 30th

time: 6 pm – 11 pm

cost: dinner ranges from $10-$20, before drinks

We’re super excited to host Bunna Cafe, a new Ethiopian Vegetarian Restaurant, Coffeehouse, and Music Venue that will be opening in BK later this year. Until then, they are a travelling pop-up cafe hosting dinner parties and collaborative headline events around the city.

Dinner ranges from $10 to $20. Come in groups and get more for less. Menu will be posted shortly, but will likely look similar to the menu you see below. Come by, stretch out, eat some amazing Ethiopian food, drink some sailor punch + a shai correnti or two, and stay for the traditional The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.

You can find the Facebook invite here.

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Sunday, May 19th: Pentecost! (Southern style)

WHAT: 3RD ANNUAL PENTECOST

WHEN: SUNDAY, MAY 19TH

TIME: 2 PM – 10 PM

COST: FREE

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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Slate.com: “Martini Madness”

A couple weeks ago, a little birdie told us that the owners of a New York bar called The Drink were among the millions of thirsty minds swept up by Martini Madness. On Twitter, the saloon’s management asked, “Seriously can we just sit around and argue about martinis all day?” Disinclined to regard the question as merely rhetorical, I made an appointment to sit around and argue about martinis with The Drink’s mom-and-pop owners. In a barroom decorated to suit the tastes of a vintage drunken sailor, I heard the tale of their mixed-martini marriage.

Read more…

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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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Thursday, February 21st: Castañón Cider launches on tap

What: The launch of Castañón Traditional Spanish Cider on tap

When: Thursday, February 21st

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Produced in Spain’s autonomous Azurius region, this traditional cider is made from hand picked apples and is robust and dry with a light effervescence. We love it, and are proud to be one of only 10 locations in New York with it on tap.

We’ll be celebrating with a launch on Thursday, along with complimentary boquerones tapas and importer Anthony Belliveau-Flores of Rowan Imports, who brought us this super special treat. He has the best stories of all-cider bars in Spain and killer technique on the escandiador style high pour.

This single keg only lasts as long as it takes for you to drink it, so don’t miss out.

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Tuesday, February 12th: SingleCut Beersmiths Launch Party

WHAT: LAUNCH PARTY FOR SINGLECUT BEERSMITHS

WHEN: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH

TIME: 7 PM – 10 PM

COST: FREE

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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Monday, December 31st: New Year’s Eve with the National Reserve

WHAT: New Year’s Eve featuring the National Reserve

WHEN: Tuesday, December 31st

TIME: 9 PM – LATE

COST: FREE

Did you guys know the National Reserve is kind of a party band now? They got so many people up dancing on tables on Halloween at The Drink that they’re now doing that blues-y party thing all the time. So they’ll be helping us ring in the New Year with plenty of dancing, followed by a special guest rock n roll DJ.

Other NYE treats: champagne punch, a midnight toast, and more…

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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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