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" You probably should eat something before you pass out"
The Just Drinks Date is a versatile animal. Perhaps it’s a first “pre-date” of sorts, in order to suss the other person out and see if he’s worthy of dinner. Or maybe it’s your kajillionth non-date date, the kind where everything is “chill” and “non-committal” and like, “god no, not a real relationship.” Either way, the objective is to get hammered, which may or may not end in the Perfunctory Let’s Just Go Have Sex scenario (see below).
8:30pm: There’s nothing like a meticulously crafted, fancy cocktail to start off an evening. Go locate some over at Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St).
9:30pm: You’re ready for a change of scene. Why not an Austro-Hungarian Beer Hall? Try Radegast Hall & Biergarten (113 N 3rd St), then attempt to drink your body weight in alcohol. Your date can’t finish his pint? Tease date mercilessly until he does.
11pm: A different place! A dfrefent plaaaaaaaace! Wanna go eat sum cheesebaaaaaawls? Good idea. You probably should eat something before you pass out, but in the meantime, cross the street to The Levee (212 Berry St) for some drunken board games, $5 Frat Boys and a jukebox that, while cool, will never, ever play your selection.
1am: Whether you’re in your bed or someone else’s, make sure to have imbibed lots of water. Also remember to use the bathroom (sinks and corners are verboten) to pee, and sleep on your side. Sweet dreams.
Hey, how are you doing? Do you need a little me time? (Or should that be "you time"?)Yeah, so do we. You've earned it buddy.
4:30pm: No "Treat Yourself" date would be complete without a treat. Do it right by starting at the Mast Brothers tasting room (105A North 3rd St). Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays they even offer tours of their chocolate-making factory. It's like Willyburg Wonka.
6pm: You need some new threads. I mean, you look good and all, but a nice sweater or pair of jeans might ensure that you won't be treating just yourself on your next date. Check perennial second-hand shopping hubs Beacon's Closet (88 North 11th St) and Buffalo Exchange (504 Driggs Ave) for your new signature fashion item.
8pm: There's no shortage of comfort food options in Williamsburg, in fact there are too many, but we're still partial to Jimmy's Diner (577 Union Ave). Claim a seat at the bar and have a few beers with your greasy feast—or a nice, thick milkshake, if you're going all out.
10pm: The most self-indulgent activity that can be practiced in public (legally) is playing vintage video games, and Barcade (388 Union Ave) has an amazing selection of them—not to mention all those beers on tap. And hey, most of their nostalgia-stroking arcade antiques are two-player, so who knows, this date might end on a not-so-solo note after all.