05/23/14 10:15am

The best way to end an evening early is to forget to eat along with your drinks, and you don’t have to depend on stale pretzels or free popcorn alone to fuel your fun at these spots, which have drinks and great food.

Montana's Trail House is opening in Bushwick on May 30. Photo: Annaliese Griffin

Montana’s Trail House is opening in Bushwick on May 30. Photo: Annaliese Griffin

Montana’s Trail House (Bushwick, 445 Troutman Street, opening May 30) Located in an old service station at Five Points in Bushwick, Montana’s Trail House has the cozy vibe of an upstate cabin, a bench-lined patio in the front for taking your cocktail out into the sunshine, and a menu that includes fried chicken, root beer-braised brisket and a tongue and cheek reuben. Don’t despair, vegetarians, the spring harvest plate and a few other options are far superior to your usual token pasta dish. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to hunker down in, sipping whiskey and chatting up your neighbor come next winter, but not before a long summer of blueberry basil Pimm’s cups on the patio. Oh, and their late night menu, which goes until 3am, includes a corn dog that replaces the usual hot dog with a sausage. –Annaliese Griffin (more…)

09/06/13 1:00pm

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One stormy evening this summer, I decided to check out Sycamore’s first Fridays with DJ Slim Hug. The place was comfortably busy, hip young people filling the bar, standing in groups or sitting up front, while our DJ set up his turntables in the corner. I settled into a seat across from a sprawling wall of liquor with a beer and my friend Jason, who lives in Ditmas Park.

Sycamore is a neighborhood joint, equipped with a flower shop in the front front and stocked with international craft beers and American whiskeys. The garden in back is open year-round and its first Fridays are exactly what they sound like: a DJ’d evening the first Friday of every month. About three years ago DJ Slim Hug inquired about the bar’s possible investment in DJ equipment (the owners agreed, obviously) and the monthly set started up.
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09/03/13 12:00pm
Sun September 8, 2013
Craft brew connoisseurs take note: the Brooklyn Homebrew Competition is happening this Saturday at The Bell House. Photo: Sycamore

Craft brew connoisseurs take note: the Brooklyn Homebrew Competition is happening this Sunday at The Bell House. Photo: Sycamore

If there is one thing that the Nielsen ratings tell us, it’s that America loves to watch amateur hobbyists engage in a head-to-head competition to be crowned “the best” at something, whether that something is surviving, dancing, modeling, cake-making or sheer repetition of the phrase “I’m not here to make friends.” Brooklyn Wort is bringing a dash of that competitive spirit to the beer world with its Brooklyn Homebrew Competition, taking place this Sunday at the Bell House.  Starting at 1pm, 30 of the borough’s finest homebrewers will vie for the coveted “best overall beer” title, not to mention $1,000 in cash prizes. The entries, which have already made it through a rigorous preliminary screening, will be judged by a distinguished panel of beer luminaries, as well as by attendees in a separate People’s Choice category.  Tickets are $40, which includes a tasting of all 30 beers, a plate of food from Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe and a chance to vote for your favorite brew.