The Global Barfly’s Companion #9 by Kristin Maffei
Bar: 61 Local
Location: 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY
Book to Bring: Stop Wanting by Lizzie Harris.
It’s a gutting read, and also her book launch in March 2014 was the first time your humble correspondent every visited the establishment.
Why Writers Love It: This Boerum Hill public house has it all: affordable craft beers, coffee, plenty of seating, wifi, and even an upstairs event space where they host readings and meet-ups.
Their communal seating is ideal for writing groups and you’re almost guaranteed a spot if you’re on your own.
The super-friendly staff has no problem letting you sit with your computer plugged into their outlets for hours. They open at 7 AM on weekdays if you’re searching for a pre-work spot to grab a pastry and some coffee and get some work done. If you’re looking for some delicious grub to keep your brain moving, 61 Local lives up to its name and serves local delicacies from such nearby spots as Brooklyn Brine, Hot Bread Kitchen, and the Bronx Baking Co.
Plus, the mirror in the bathroom has a mustache cut out of it so you can pretend you are Edgar Allen Poe while you wash your hands.
Caveat Emptor: If you’re going for just a beer, bring cash. There’s a $20 credit card minimum.
Kristin Maffei is a poet and copywriter living in New York City. Her work has been featured in Works & Days, Mount Hope Journal, and Underwater New York. For more information, visit www.kristinmaffei.com.
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