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Expect Broken Land's back garden to be packed with more than praying mantises this Friday at its one-year anniversary party. Photo: Broken Land

Expect Broken Land’s back garden to be packed with more than praying mantises this Friday at its one-year anniversary party. Photo: Broken Land

It’s been one year since Broken Land opened its doors for business, and in that time, they’ve not only earned their place as a staple watering hole in Greenpoint, but they’ve also landed on our list of best outdoor bars for Killer Cocktails. You think finding a spot at the bar is tough on any given Friday at this joint, just wait until this Friday during their one-year anniversary party. Not only will you enjoy the usual fun of hanging out with praying mantises in the backyard–yes, there are praying mantises in the backyard–sipping on “Ryan’s Mom’s Margaritas” and piña coladas, you’ll also be treated to free cans of Modelo and whiskey shots until the bar runs out. (Ouch! Saturday morning’s gonna hurt.) DJ Dan Irons spins punk and rock ‘n’ roll while you get stupid drunk and overtip your amazing bartenders. RSVP here, or just show up.

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Broken Land's back garden gives you the option of sun or shade. Photo: Broken Land

Broken Land’s back garden gives you the option of sun or shade. Photo: Broken Land

Broken Land (Greenpoint, 105 Franklin St. between Greenpoint Ave. and Milton, 718-349-2901) Taking its name from the original Dutch christening of our little piece of Long Island, Broken Land (or Breukelen if you’re so inclined) blends Midwestern small town calm with a twist of NYC cool. From the second your eye catches the carefully crafted chalk board outside (which on this day happened to be an HR Giger tribute complete with an alien slurping down a frozen drink) to your walk up to the bar, the many plants, cozy barstools, lamps, couch and paintings make you feel right at home. Order a drink and head outside where you’re met with old vines crawling up and down the walls, tables, benches, some Christmas lights and an ideal outdoor sitch– the back patio outside splits like a black and white cookie, half drenched in the sunlight, the other half hidden in the shade under the floor of the apartments above. And now the reason you came: the cocktails. There’s “Ryan’s Mom’s Margarita” because every good mom knows how to drink, the “Old Bloke,” ‘cause every old man needs a classy cordial, and a new addition, the frozen piña colada – a delicious blend of fresh pineapple juice, top-notch rum and Coco Lopez hiding under a tiny pink umbrella to take you away to a tropical island.–Jay Honstetter (more…)