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Welcome to Drunk Shopping, our feature celebrating 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.
Have you been outside? It's both sunny and under 200 degrees—an August miracle! And perfect Drunk Shopping weather! This week, we're traveling down to the New York Post-dubbed Hotlantic Avenue strip. For those who don't speak Post, that's Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, an area straddling the storied enclaves of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens (and just south of the not-as-nicely-storied non-enclave of Downtown Brooklyn). We'll start at Rothchild's—formerly Stan's Place—for a Cajun take on New York's official meal: Assorted po' boys, lots of seafood, Cajun-spiced everything. And, obviously, many, many beers. Drink every last drop and hit the pavement; you'll hang a left out the door to start shopping.
Cross Bond Street and take it all in: Before the end of the block you'll be hitting five very Brooklyn boutiques. First, visit Eva Gentry for European-designer womenswear by Rick, Dries and Demeulemeester—as well as their irresistible shop mascot, a one-year-old French bulldog named Dirt. Next, Mafalda Vintage for more European-designer vintage womenswear (sorry, no French bulldog), followed by (finally, something for the guys) Hollander & Lexer for seasonal discounts of up to 50% off names like Rogan and Robert Geller. Something for everyone is just across the street: Steven Alan's Brooklyn outpost. And, finally, Jodi Arnold's brand-new boutique—a minimalist backdrop for her functional womenswear—is a must-stop and right next door.
So, yeah, that was a lot to handle. Fortunately you're mere steps from Kili, a ski-lodge-like bar with a totally epic Sunday happy hour that lasts 14 hours, noon to close. Hang a right on Hoyt Street for $3 Bud drafts and two for $7 well cocktails. How does that sound? Probably a lot better after you use the facilities and cool off ?
Don't get too comfortable, we've got a ways to go. Hit Schermerhorn Street and go left. There's a James Perse sample and overstock sale happening. There are $35 tees and $75 dresses, so the price is right for doing a little damage. Follow that up with some more deals: LF is just a few blocks south on Court Street and their entire sping collection is 60% off.
It's definitely time to take a load off. Double back to Smith Street and pop into Boat Bar—a spacious, grime-free, faux-dive featuring a pretty great jukebox and $3 well drinks and beers until 8pm. And keep 'em coming—frankly, it's been a long summer and you just walked a lot. You deserve a good black out.
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
· Is It Hotlantic In Here or Is It Just Us? [Racked NY]
· Dirt the French Bulldog at Eva Gentry [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Hollander & Lexer [Racked NY]
· Jodi Arnold Opens Up Shop and Throws a Sale in Brooklyn [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: James Perse [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: LF [Racked NY]
· Drunk Shopping [Racked NY]