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Getting drunk with a dog is one of life’s most underrated simple pleasures. To be clear, you’re the only one getting drunk. Your dog should definitely remain sober. But your dog won’t resent you for being drunk while he or she is sober like humans do. Just another great thing about dogs. Only thing is—while it's easier than ever to bring your dog to dining establishments with sidewalk patios in New York City, thanks to...
Of all the text messages I have sent from the depths of blackout drinking binges, “I just want to be somewhere safe,” is the one that haunts me most. I sent it to a friend one night in 2010 after my typical Irish Goodbye from one of many 25th birthday parties we attended that year. My predilection for abandoning social functions in pursuit of drugs or one-night-stands (and often both) was commended as an...
If asked to sketch a Brooklyn bartender in your mind, there are bound to be a few common traits: nice teeth, for one. Everyone working at a bar in Brooklyn seems to have really straight, white teeth. Watch for it the next time you're out. Very scientific statistics show that nearly everyone in the profession also has at least one tattoo (that is, out of all the bartenders we asked to contribute to this...
Brooklyn-based scuzz-rockers Dead Stars have oft been compared to 90s favorites like Dinosaur Jr. (making it particularly fitting that the two shared a stage at this year's 4 Knots Festival), but they've got a catchy something special that is all their own: the propulsive hooks and sailing chorus of "Someone Else," the more mature; slightly  melancholy pop of songs like "Never Knew You;" their particular brand of dry wit (see below). Now, after a string...

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