Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
“Daddy’s(437 Graham Ave at Frost St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-609-6388) is my favorite bar in Brooklyn. It’s a no-frills kind of a place, the people are cool, the music is good, and the hot dogs are delicious. Plus, big windows open up to the sidewalk in summertime.”—Alex Bleeker, singer/guitarist
“If we have a day off and it’s nice out, we like to go to Frying Pan(Pier 66A, W 26th St at the Hudson River; 212-989-6363, fryingpan.com) and drink on the little boat out there. It’s great during the week because you will be about the only people there. Warning: It’s a nightmare at night or on weekends and should be avoided then at all costs.”
“It was decimated by the storm, but I’m hoping that Connolly’s Bar (155 Beach 95th St between Rockaway Beach Blvd and Shore Front Pkwy, Far Rockaway, Queens; 718-318-1714) will be open this summer. I’ll grab one of their classic ‘frozens’ and wander out onto the boardwalk. Gotta support the Rockaways!”—Josh Kolenik, singer-keyboardist
“We’ve become pretty good friends with the people at Molasses Books (770 Hart St between Knickerbocker and Wilson Aves, Bushwick, Brooklyn; facebook.com/molassesbooks). It’s kind of cool to go there and see what they have—there will be German beer one week, Sixpoint the next—and hang out, listen to records and look at books. They’re usually playing really cool old country music or some Lou Reed weirdness from the ’80s.”—Ryan Naideau, drummer
Bass Drum of Death
“The Levee (212 Berry St at North 3rd St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-218-8787, theleveenyc.com) is close to where we usually play in Brooklyn and has sick beer-and-shot specials. And cheese balls at the bar. I’ve had some pretty sloppy and radical times there. And Welcome to the Johnsons (123 Rivington St between Essex and Norfolk Sts; 212-420-9911) is tight, probably the cheapest bar in Manhattan, and has mismatched pool balls and a great jukebox.”—John Barrett, singer/guitarist
“We love coming through Shea Stadium(20 Meadow St between Bogart and Waterbury Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; liveatsheastadium.com) for a show, to drink and hang with the crew. The weekday shows never get too crowded, and there’s always a good band playing.”
“Soft Spot(128 Bedford Ave at North 10th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-7768, softspotbar.com) is a block away from our practice space, has a low-key vibe, two-for-one happy hour and a small patio out back. We often slip in there before we play.”—Martin Crane, singer-guitarist
“Our favorite bar in New York right now is Sophie’s (507 E 5th St between Aves A and B; 212-228-5680) in the East Village. It’s the most like bars we go to in Chicago—cheap beers in mugs, a jukebox, a pool table and Big Buck Hunter. Whenever I’m there it’s a little empty, so it’s perfect to have a couple drinks before you head out for the night.”—Max Kakacek, guitarist
“I’m not much of a drinker, so when I do go out for a drink, I try to make that one drink really count. That’s why I prefer Spuyten Duyvil(359 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St; 718-963-4140, spuytenduyvilnyc.com). I’m always guaranteed to find an unexpected type of beer that opens up new portals for my taste buds. And they have a big backyard to boot.”—Daniel Edinberg, bassist/keyboardist
See them live:Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell) (718-855-7882, bricartsmedia.org/cb). Aug 2 at 7:30pm; free.
“Crown Victoria Bar(60 South 2nd St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-0003, crownvicbar.com) is a summer spot with lots of outdoor seating that’s full of chirpy waitresses and bright-eyed urban professionals. But the best, most often overlooked aspect of this bar is its proximity to band-practice spaces attached to the building. So if you’re a well-adjusted sort whose only regret in life is how at ease your parents are with your choices, by all means swing on by and slum it with some hungover bands.”—Chris Stewart, singer–multi-instrumentalist
Who better to give us recommendations for summer drinking spots than bands who are playing summer concerts in New York? Find out where groups like the Stepkids, Hunters and the Beets like to hang out in NYC—and find out where you can see them when they play in town this summer.
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