Tradewinds is a nice poolside bar on the Caribbean Princess. There are seats at the bar as well as some tables along the edges of the ship. The bar has a nice selection of mixed drinks, frozen drinks, beer, wine and soft drinks.
My wife and I often would come here for a poolside drink to beat the heat. Their strawberry daquiris and frozen Margaritas are quite nice.
Dress Code: very casual...swim wear is acceptable.
Vines is the wine bar aboard the Caribbean Princess. The wine bar is located off of the Piazza on Deck 5. There are plenty of seats at the bar as well as bar tables and window seats with beautiful ocean views.
They offer a nice selction of red, white and rose wines as well as champagne. The bar also offers a nice selction of Tapas items such as olives, cheeses assorted meats, fruit and breads. Wine tastings and seminars are offered here as well.
My wife and I often came here during the day when we were at sea (not in port) to read by the window and enjoy a nice glass of wine. Vines became a nice spot to grab a glass of wine or champagne before or after dinner.
Dress Code: Smart casual to elegant attire.
The Explorer's Lounge is one of the larger lounges aboard the Caribbean Princess . The space has numerous chairs, sofas, a bar area and a stage/dance floor area. The decor of the lounge is done up in blues and gold with Egyptian and Indian themed artwork and acents. There are seats at the bar or you can have a seat at many of the tables,chairs and couches. Waitress/waiter service is provided if you are not seated at the bar. The full wine, champagne and cocktail menu is available here.
During the day there are various seminars, lectures and even art auctions here in the lounge. We enjoyed a watch seminar and the Champagne Art Auction.
We spent signifiant amounts of time here at night enjoying the nightly band and dancing as well as some fantastic comedy shows. We often grabbed a table for four (just in case my Mom and Hal decided to join us). The band was excellent and they played some smotth jazz as well as some more modern tunes. The commedian Darrell (forgot his last name) was a laugh riot. We had seen him on a previous cruise and he was just as funy as we remembered. We had some fun times here being entertained and enjoying their Signature Margaritas.
Dress Code: During the day smart casual is fine fot attending lectures, seminars and auctions.
In the evening is is best to be dressed semi-formal to formal to enjoy the night entertainment.
The Wheelhouse Bar is a nautical themed lounge on the Caribbean Princess. The lounge is quite large and has massive amounts of seating as well as a bar and a stage for nightly entertainment. I loved the nautical decor with old tall ship lithographs, pictures, ship models and paintings. To me it was the perfect place to hang and enjoy some drinks.
During the day Liz and I came here to relax, read and enjoy a cocktail or two( JW Blue for me, and wine or a Spaten for my wife).
Crooner's is the Martini Bar on the Caribbean Princess. The bar has several seating options: bar stools at the bar as well as couches and chairs with tables (some with window views). There is nighly entertainment at the bar with a piano player and even a string quartet. The bar has a large selection of Martinis to chose from as well as wine, champagne, hard liquor and mixed drinks.
The drinks here are very good and a nice size. It is one of our favorite lounges on the ship due to it's laid back yet fun atmosphere. Liz and I found ourselves here daily for some drinks and to catch some entertainment. The service here is phenomenal and we enjoyed chatting with the bartenders (our favorite being Girlie) and several other patrons.
My drinks of choice when at Crooner's were some Johnny walker Blue and their Mudslides. The JW Blue was only $12.50 a glass which to me was a good price. The Mudslides were in huge glasses and topped with whipped cream; very delicious. My wife loves the Margarita's on Princess ships and enjoyed several. Her favorite was the Margarita of the day on day 5. It was called the 1800 Margarita. It was served in a large Margarita glass with plenty of salt on the rim. Orange and lime slices decorated the top of the glass. My wife also enjoyed some of their Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne and tried some new Martini flavors such as the Cucumber Martini and the Violetta Martini.
We often met up at Crooners for pre and post dinner drinks with my Mother and Hal. My Mom enjoyed her Chardonnay while Hal threw back some JW Blue with me. On several nights the string quartet played and they were very good. The piano player was also very taleneted and played some excellent jazz numbers.
Dress Code: Smart casual. No bathingsuits, bare feet, etc. Most people are dresssed nicely in smart casual attire.
While visiting friends in Brighton Beach we decided to stop in Coney Island before heading home. We were in the mood for a drink so we decided to stop here. WHAT A FREAKY PLACE!!
The bar is located on the boardwalk with a few scattered tables outside and a full bar inside. The interior is decorated in all things amusment park "tacky". There are so many pictures of stars and such on one wall with an ATM machine and a Pacman video game. As you walk past the bar to the back are tables, a "stage" with dancer (stripper) poles. The place was very divey, and there were all sorts of "characters" that kept us quite amused and a bit apprehensive during our short stay.
I definitely don't think I would have ever ventured inside if I were alone, just seemed creepy to me.
They have a "Freakish Burlesque Side-Show" after 10:00 pm, and I can only imagine the individuals that would frequent during this time.
I don't think we'd come back, just not our type of bar. As we were getting ready to leave, a fight was breaking out, gave use more incentive to split!! We asked for cups and took our drinks with us.
Dress Code: Ferni ordered a Heinekin, I had a Blue Moon
Barcade was my first taste of Brooklyn. I had never been to that part of NY before and took a cab to the bar to meet up with a pub crawl after a conference earlier in the day in the Bronx. It was a hell of a first impression.
Easy to miss from the street. I walked in around 7pm on a Saturday night and it was fairly quiet. The building is simple enough, a large, open space filled with the bar on the right side, vintage video games line the left side of the bar and also the back area.
The games only cost a quarter. The games on across from the bar on the left have shelves between them so you can rest your beer while you play.
And what beer they have!
I was sipping an offering from Southampton while playing Tapper...World Wide Stout (on tap) while playing Commando..Beer D'Art while playing 1943. They have an extensive selection of fine beers that rival all but a handful of the bars I've ever been to.
I was filled with pride when the bartender said Fisherman's Brew, a beer brewed in my hometown of Gloucester, MA, is one of his most popular and they go through it quite quickly. I didn't even know they had already made it down to New York. Their Winter brew, which I didn't even know they were making is on deck to be offered there.
Barcade is an amazing experience but felt vaguely like the twighlight zone. Amazing beer and '80's video games, a fantastic idea and a great thing for the good people of Brooklyn.
Dress Code: None
The National Restaurant is a well known Russian entertainment centre in Brighton Beach a Russian neighbourhood in Brooklyn. A couple can have fun and you don't have to be Russian to enjoy it. I'm from England. My guest from Beijing responded immediately to the lively music. The band is great, so are the two singers with different styles and the violinist. Topping the entertainment is a burlesque show suitable for children and grandparents alike. Most people come in parties of ten or more dressed up for for a celebration set meal that could feed fifty! I am glad we could choose from the a la cate menu - even though the individual portions are enormous. Even the hardest heart would find it difficult not to have fun at the National. It costs from $60 - $100 a head and takes an hour to reach by subway from central Manhattan. Entertainment starts at 9.00. We left at 1.00 and it was far from over. Most of the announcements are in Russian but it doesn't matter. A unique experience and strongly recommended.
Dress Code: No jeans or sneakers. Most people dress up.
This was my second and the last stop on "Slanderpalooza '04", a pub crawl through Brooklyn. Saying they saved the best for last is an understatement.
Upon walking in you are greeted by seating areas on your right and left, there are even seats in the front window displays. Very comfortable and a cozy place to have a beer.
Next comes the bar, which runs along the right side of the building. Seats run along the length of the bar and there is not much room behind those seats and the left wall to stand and order a beer if it's crowded. All the decorations on the left wall are available for purchase, and most are adorned with price tags.
The back of the building has a large table where people can hang out and the bathroom. There is a patio area outside in the back that is open until just around 11pm.
Only five taps here, but a pretty ecclectic selection. The magic of this place is their selections of Belgians, it is nothing short of amazing and I've yet to see it's equal.
Food is limited to meats, cheeses and chocolate, which fits in nicely with the Belgian flavor of the bar. There's a small corner store across the street if you get really hungry.
Dress Code: Casual is acceptable.
My sister had her birthday party at this little gem in WIlliamsburg Brooklyn last night. I LOVED it! Walking in you feel a bit like you're walking into someone's garage, the doors are open wide to give the place an outdoor/indoor feeling. There's a pool table in the back and some nights they have live music. Out back they have a garden area (NYC garden... no actual greenery, just an outside area, concrete). Part of it is covered in case it rains. There are lots of places to sit and the best part is there are about 3 or 4 different places to BARBQUE!! you bring the stuff to cook and the charcoal and have a feast to go with your drinks! The grills range from a little habachi, to a traditional grill to a converted old stove (my favorite). We feasted! Even when I left at 11, the place had a nice amount of people but wasn't crowded by any means.
I highly recommend the vanilla mojitos which are a nyc steal at $5 each. YUM!
Dress Code: Dress code?! HA! very very casual, anything goes
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