Put A Bar In It: The Many Brooklyn Businesses Now Serving Booze

Here’s something we bet you haven’t heard before: times is tough out there, in the faltering U.S. economy. Especially if you’re trying to run a small business. But you know what people will never, ever stop spending money on? Booze. Lots of it, at all hours of the day and in all situations.

So when Matthew Winn, the owner of Bushwick’s newly opened bookstore Molasses told the Daily News this week that the shop would soon also house a bar (it already includes a cafe), we were hardly surprised.

As Winn wisely puts it, “In the 21st century you might need to be more open to subsidizing the fetish of selling physical literature with other things.”

And it’s true! Even if you’re in a less endangered industry than the used books business, what better way to ensure a steady flow of patrons into your business than to — say it with us now — Put A Bar In It?

Let’s take a look at a few other Brooklyn businesses that have gotten on the “bar-slash” bandwagon, and a few others we think should take the hint.


  1. @Therese A tech glitch cut out all the photos, and when we re-added image credits got dropped. Fixed, credit now given where it’s due!

  2. i’m gonna have to pass on the drinking in the subway…gross.com…nyc subways are so nasty, i scoff at the sight of people eating and/or drinking in the subway stations and on the subways. it’s like the equivalent of drinking/eating in some dirty, grimey alley surrounded by walls of trash and families of rats…then again, some new yorkers actually do this, for fun…


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