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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.
We have bad news and we have good news. The bad news is it's still August and you're stuck in the festering, miserable city. Now the good news: Drunk Shopping! This weekend we'll be paying Fort Greene a visit. (Note to local residents: Hide your valuables and lock away your children.) Let's gorge on Cuban sandwiches and $2.75 draft beers at Habana Outpost—the temperatures are supposed to be a little less hideous going into Saturday so sit outside! And definitely order their crazy, grilled, spicy, mayo-slathered corn. Just don't dillydally—we got the shopping bug.
Just across the way you'll see Greenlight Bookstore. Opened late last year, Greenlight is the area's only independent bookstore and is the result of a grant from the Brooklyn Public Library. Celebrate the borough's impressive literary heritage and pick up some Capote, Lahiri, Whitehead, or Lethem.
Or don't, because clothes are often a more fun investment and there's vintage waiting at our next stop. Southwest on Hanson Place is Saffron, a delightfully-curated vintage shop. The spot is known for Japanese-sourced apparel, Burberry, accessories, and their in-house flower department—adorable! From there head north on Fort Greene Place and pop into Cloth for contemporary—and often eco-friendly—designer womenswear.
At Lafayette Avenue hang a right. You'll definitely want to stop at Stuart & Wright—Fort Greene's ground zero for New American regurgitation from Rag & Bone, Band of Outsiders and Rachel Comey. Bonus: They're in the midst of their summer clearance and there are pieces that are already marked down 70%.
Oh, how do you like that, Moe's is practically next door. A cheerful dive with a melting pot clientele, Moe's pours a mean Bloody Mary and has a bathroom. Take a break—it's hot.
From Moe's head north to Dekalb Avenue and follow it a few blocks east. Thistle & Clover's summer sale on independent designer womenswear by the likes of Alison Lewis and Wren awaits! And while you're up there, visit Dossier. The slip of a shop, appropriately located in the ground floor of a brownstone, offers exquisite and interesting vintage and resale from local fashionistas plus tote bags, jewelry, art books and various found, decorative objects. Fun fact: The three owners of the boutique are the founders of the Dossier Journal.
Now, turn around and head back to where we started. Frank's Cocktail Lounge awaits. It's been there forever, it's divey, totally unhip, extremely comfortable, and often has bowls of Goldfish crackers just hanging out on the bar waiting for you to plough on in. Feed the jukebox some cash—lots of R&B and Motown to choose from—and settle down for a whole litany of strong, cheap drinks.
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
· Now (Almost) Open: Greenlight Books in Fort Greene [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Stuart & Wright [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Thistle & Clover [Racked NY]
· Storecasting: Dossier Opens Up a File on Fort Greene [Racked NY]
· Drunk Shopping [Racked NY]