Open bars and cheap drink deals for summer 2012

Find out where to arrive early at club nights and concert venues for open bars, plus cheap drinks courtesy of beer festivals and neighborhood bar crawls.



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When the well runs dry, but you’ve still got the thirst, try one of these early open bars or cheap drink deals.

Brooklyn Waterfront Summer Craft and Specialty Beer Festival

Brewhounds can broaden their horizons for a flat rate at this inaugural sudsfest overlooking the East River: Sample more than 175 varieties from more than 90 breweries, including summer seasonal and limited-release brews from American makers, and new-to-the-U.S. imports such as Italy’s Birrificio Brùton.

  1. 5 North 11th St at Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Total Astoria Immersion

You’ll head to Queens for the latest edition of Brooklyn Based’s boozing, shopping and exploration event, which allows you to get to know a new neighborhood through beloved local bars: The first 500 guests to pick up “immersion cards” can redeem them from noon to 6pm for gratis pours of Brooklyn Brewery beers at four bars—including William Hallett and Rapture Lounge —plus additional brunch specials at restaurants and an after-party with $3 pints.

  1. Pickup location TBA

Public Assembly

  • Critics choice

Many of the shows and DJ sets at this Williamsburg arts-and-music venue feature sponsored open bars. On July 21, catch a showcase of some of Brooklyn’s electronic and experimental talent, including Laurel Halo and Noveller (8pm; $10), while you sip on-the-house Asahi beer for the first hour. The monthly Cold Gettin’ Dumb no-cover dance party—with DJs Robert Rhymin’, Bobbi Lupo and J. Rivers on the decks—also offers free booze; the Saturday 9 party kicks off with an hour of free Asahi from 11pm to midnight.

  1. 70 North 6th St, (between Kent and Wythe Aves)
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  • Price band: 2/4

This Neapolitan spot makes Monday nights a little less bleak: For $21.95 (5–11pm), enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless sangria—a not-too-sweet version made with red, white and moscato wines, a splash of peach nectar and seltzer—plus all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs.

  1. 173 Ludlow St, (between E Houston and Stanton Sts)
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Another spot for you Brooklynites looking for open air, open bar and fresh music. ///Friday, August 17th ///8:00 PM - 1:00 AM Free Event OPEN BAR from 8-9PM sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. RSVP Required: Lounge Eclectic, Classics and Deep House by DJ Winter Santos. Largest sidewalk cafe in Downtown Brooklyn. Tapas by Chef Jehangir Mehta, and the bar will be pushing innovative cocktails from celebrated mixologist Milos Zica. RSVP Required: Misdemeanor Lounge NU Hotel Brooklyn lobby 85 Smith Street Between State Street and Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, New York Official website:!?p=1005