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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.
Last month we ran a contest calling for each of your preferred Drunk Shopping itineraries—and we were blown away with how many great suggestions we received. Despite being all out of free Pierre Hardy-designed Sequoia bags, we did want to share some of the other favorite Drunk Shopping ideas that came in—read on!
From Desirree C. on the rarely-written-about shopping scene in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn:
Start off your brunch at HoM. At $12.95 per person and with names like the Romeo & Juliet Omelet, I Heart U Pancakes and Kamasutra Salad, what is not to love? You can also shop there for food and wine, frames, wind chimes, cookbooks, candles, and other home accessories. Before you leave for your shopping along the 86th Street strip, try their homemade house sangria!
Then we are off for some shopping at Century 21, the Gap, New York & Company, the Children's Place and Benetton (a discount/overstock Benetton that stocks the season's current clothes at at least 25 to 30% off). Then after all that shopping, as the sangria is wearing off, head to the Wicked Monk (Happy Hour on Saturday is 11am to 7pm and Sunday noon to 7pm with half priced drinks and beer specials). It's a nice neighborhood bar to wind down in after a fabulous day in lovely Bay Ridge, Brooklyn!Tiffany G.'s take on a brunch jaunt through Williamsburg, Brooklyn:
Start with brunch and a Bloody Mary or two at the Roebling Tea Room, which has the best affordable burger in town—almost as good as Minetta Tavern's but half the price!
After that I would hit all of my favorite Williamsburg boutiques: Life: Curated, Bird, Jumelle, Catbird, About Glamour, Amarcord, the Future Perfect, and Artists and Fleas. I'd also make sure to stop by Beacon's Closet and Buffalo Exchange, since I've found those locations, in particular, are a treasure troves of under-priced designer goods. Last time at Buffalo Exhange I found an Issey Miyake duffel coat for $35!
I'd finish the afternoon with drinks at my favorite bar, the Commodore, which not only has cheap drinks, but the best fried chicken outside of Popeye's (that's a serious endorsement).And another Upper West Side itinerary starting at Calle Ocho, from Alexis D.:
Brunch at Calle Ocho—my favorite in the city, a variety of sangria choices paired with delicious Latin food. Make sure to flag down the taco cart man! First stop on the shopping path Mint, for basics and maybe a cute dress you weren't expecting to find.
Next stop Purdy Girl, a store that may scream cheesy but where it's definitely possible to find that diamond in the rough (sangria blurs the vision anyway). Last store stop Roam for fun, cute trinkets! What's not to love?
The shopping crawl would usually end at happy hour, but I'd rather change it up: Ending with a pedi and cocktail at Dashing Diva—soothing the sole in more ways then one.
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
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