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.
This is all like super-duper under the radar so you might not know this—but there was a royal wedding this morning in merry old England and the bride wore McQueen. To celebrate this twice-in-a-lifetime event the best way we know how (drinking, shopping), we're embarking on a Will and Kate Drunk Shopping—from the West Village to the Meatpacking District.
Start your day at the Spotted Pig. New York City's first and best gastropub, the Pig offers a fantastic spin on your standard pub menu, including a burger that dreams are pretty much totally made of. If the Roquefort-topped patty is just too heavy for you—well, that's a shame. We suppose you can go with housemade fennel sausage over polenta, the fried duck eggs, or chard frittata instead. Also, naturally, beer—many, many beers.
From brunch, plod west to the Hudson and head north along its banks. It's almost May after all and stuff is blooming. In a few short blocks you'll be in MePa proper and you can get to the main issue at hand: Shopping. First stop is Ted Baker for pleasantly-affordable dandy staples along with their new commemorative collection of wedding-related dealies. The group—which includes wedding-cake printed boxer briefs and Union Jack-themed clutch bags—has been dubbed, rather brilliantly, the "Better Kate Than Never" collection. In addition to those limited edition goodies, Saturday shoppers will find champagne, festive music and matrimonial sweets.
Another Anglo-inspired brand, Buckler, is also in on the festivities. Andrew Buckler is himself an expat Brit, and he must be feeling sentimental: Visit Buckler's subterranean space for celebratory beers and chocolate-y treats (in addition to drop-crotch denim and jersey henleys).
Continuing our very British theme: Alexander McQueen. A visit to the McQueen shop is especially essential considering the bride's wedding dress of choice. Of course, Stella McCartney is practically next door—and as far as we're concerned you can't get more British than a daughter of a Beatle whose clothes were once very prominently featured on a season of Absolutely Fabulous. That said, those collections might be a bit too rich for the lot of us: At least that AllSaints pop-up never popped down.
Finally, toast the happy couple again! Another spin on the classic pub, Brass Monkey, awaits. Lots of beers, a specialty cocktail list, outdoor seating—wethinks that's all you need to have your own royal wedding reception.
· Ted Baker Salutes the Royals with "Better Kate than Never" Line [Racked NY]
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