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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.
Ugh, what a week. When the high point is Jennifer Aniston guesting on Cougartown, you know it was a week of few high points. You also know you deserve to get really wasted at brunch. That's where we come in: Drunk Shopping, West Village. We're brunching at Philip Marie. A Hudson Street mainstay, prepare to plunk down about $17—give or take—for a pretty delightful New American bistro whatever concoction. There are fried green tomato and bacon sandwiches, lobster burritos, and eggs of every stripe. More importantly, Saturdays feature all-you-can-drink mimosas, and Sundays include bottomless Bloody Marys. So, sweet or spicy? Bubbly or pickle-y? Heartburn or heartburn? Your choice! You'll wanna get wasted, but not too wasted to shop.
Lo, Marc Jacobs's intriguing-ridiculous foray into bookselling, Bookmarc, is practically across the street. You can't judge a book by its cover—wow, we went there—so head on in and decide if the concept is charming or another nail in New York's authenticity coffin. If you think it's charming you can feel good about spending money on books (the space carries, like, real books) and/or triflingly inexpensive stationery emblazoned with the designer's name. If you think it sucks, at least your trash-talking will be grounded in experience, plus you can go straight on over to BookBook—the reincarnate of Marc-misplaced Biography Bookshop.
When at the mall, shop the mall. You're in Marcland! The old accessories shop is right back to where it started and devoted to women's Collection. Then there are the, what, four Marc by Marc Jacobs shops to explore? Five? Men's, Women's, Women's accessories, Men's accessories, Baby Marc, pets, appliances, auto parts, artisinal cheeses, flooring, pianos (we're lying about a few of these).
Okay, we're all Marced out and turbo-thirsty. Pop back on over to Greenwich and hit Johnny's Bar. This place is straight up authentic New York dive. Happy Hour starts at noon but who cares—beers start at $3 all the time. Dark, cheap, great juke box—you'll be there for awhile and you'll probably be back.
But, for now, a little more shopping. Brand new Monocle—the magazine-affiliated slip of a shop—is required for designerly things you probably didn't know you needed. Jack Spade has Take Ivy. You could always try the newish Gant and Freeman's shops. Or hit the oldies and the big-name standbys like Ralph Lauren, Cynthia Rowley, Black Fleece and Christian Louboutin. Too cool for school? Go a little off-the-pretty-well-beaten path to Aloha Rag, Kesner, Castor & Pollux and Leffot.
Then drink: We're partial to RF Lounge. Free salty snacks, tall two-for-one cocktails and space to stow all those shopping bags. Yeah, yeah—the weather is pleasant; it's going to be winter soon. Meh, it'll be spring soon, too.
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments.
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