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East River Bar: Getting Williamsburg Properly Drunk

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While the original use for this huge bar was a paint factory, the only things currently being produced here are very drunk people.  With the exception of me that is.  Every time I come here I’m already too drunk.  In fact, the first time I was here was when my close friends, Nick and Laura, were visiting from Philly, and their friend Kalen brought us.  The next day I had no idea where the bar was, nor its name, so I couldn’t find it until months later when someone brought me here smashed once again.  This time I made sure to write down the name of it on a bar napkin and stuff it in my pocket.

So, East River Bar, you thought you could elude me didn’t you.  Well you were wrong. You can’t keep me away from a place this big, that has such a great jukebox, and allows me to grill my own food outside.  You’re mine now bitch.  I now know that if I ever lose you again, all I have to do is get shit faced, and I will stumble my way back to you.  I feel like Dorothy after she figured out how to use her ruby red slippers. East River Bar 97 S 6th St. btw Bedford & Berry Sts. [Williamsburg, Brooklyn] photo from the bar’s website

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

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  1. Marissa
    September 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Oh, just lovely… I only know my way around the city as long as its anywhere off the 1 or to JFK… LOL

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