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Welcome to Drunk Shopping! Our new feature celebrates the time-honored tradition of getting totally wasted while the sun's still shining before buying a bunch of debatably useful stuff that the sober you would be too timid or too restrained to take home. Each Friday we'll cobble together a new itinerary starting you off with a boozy Saturday or Sunday brunch before meandering through a few neighboring retailers and happy hours notable for seasonal specials, limited time availability, fantastic deals, recent openings, or new shipments.
Buckle your seat belts, kids! The weekend is mere hours away and the weather is like perfect—perfect for boozing and buying, that is. This time, we're heading to Williamsburg, because who does drunk better than Williamsburg? Let's start our day at Fiore. Bright and charming, this Italian spot is borderline-insane cheap and the food is excellent. Pasta dishes are light and unmuddled, the massive omelets are deceptively fluffy, and the panini are fresh, substantial, and served with salty rosemary fries. But who cares when brunch cocktails are two-for-one? Mimosas and over-sized Bloody Marys garnished with olives and pearl onions come to $3.50 each. Don't beat around the bush—you're going to end up ordering four, and then you gotta get out of there so you can start shopping.
Hang a left out of the restaurant and walk your way to Bedford Avenue. We're starting off at ID and Norbu Bijoux—recent openings in what Curbed dubbed the Bedford Avenue Tetris Building. Check ID for diet hipster menswear. Spring duds have arrived and we're hoping their second shipments spiced up their wearable if staid offerings. Next door, poke around Norbu Bijeaux for gently-priced jewelry and accessories by Tibetan artisans and Brooklyn designers. While we're on jewelry, keep trucking down Bedford and hit up Brooklyn Charm. Opening Saturday, the boutique is the brainchild of Tracie Howarth—of Etsy and Artists & Fleas fame—and will stock vintage and locally designed jewelry as well as all the bits and beads you need to commission or create your own custom piece. You're wasted: Buy something outrageous, then sign up for a jewelry-making class (they start in April).
Just don't lose your buzz. Make haste towards the East River where you can pop into Brooklyn Ale House for a bathroom break and a Bloody Mary pint. Overdosing on tomato juice? The bartenders on duty are famous for concocting summery somethings with ingredients like ginger beer, infused vodkas and blood orange juice. It's a no lose—drinks are always top-shelf, pint-size, and around $6. Refueled and relaxed, it's time to do some real damage. Amarcord, purveyors of exquisite European vintage, is hosting their annual warehouse sale. Head to 242 Wythe Avenue, ring buzzer 4, and attack their racks of vintage wares for both men and women. Denim, leather, dresses, accessories, everything, all seasons—prices start at $5 and top out at $20 and merchandise will be replenished throughout the weekend.
If vintage isn't your thing, try jeans! Brooklyn Denim Company just opened around the corner and the unexpectedly large shop carries 30 of the best denim labels from around the globe?as well as an edited selection of vintage (what do you want? It's Williamsburg.) Or maybe you'd rather dress your home in vintage, in which case it's a good thing you're a mere block from Darr. The antiques and oddities shop features furnishings, antique busts, a dizzying array of scissors, and inspiration for the countless, nearly-identical New York Times articles on Neo-Victorianism that you've read (excerpts from on Gawker). Leave before you break something—right next store is Hollander & Lexer, Williamsburg Edition. While shopping the spot’s high-end designer menswear—Robert Geller, Rachel Comey, Rag & Bone, Steven Alan—you might be coherent enough to notice how strikingly similar the dim, fashion-goth shop space is to Darr's next door. Good eyes! The shops—both relatively new—are by the same owner.
Well, you must be exhausted. And you ought to celebrate all the custom jewelry and taxidermy you won't remember buying come Monday. Good thing Radegast Hall & Biergarten—aka Williamsburg's beer garden—is mere steps away. Pitchers of fancy beers (with higher alcohol content than the Tecate you have in your fridge at home) are only $18 and we're betting their convertible ceilings are open to the glorious weather. Go on, you deserve it.
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
· Bedford Avenue Tetris Building Earns High Points For Menswear [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Amarcord [Racked NY]
· Brooklyn Denim Company: Not Afraid Of The Recession [Racked NY]
· Inside Darr's Moody New Williamsburg Home [Racked NY]
· First Look: Hollander & Lexer's New Williamsburg Digs [Racked NY]
· Drunk Shopping [Racked NY]