It may still be frosty outside, but one Greenpoint bar is breaking out the boardshorts and sunscreen.
On Feb. 15, the Diamond Bar in Greenpoint is throwing a beach party and swimwear sale in a brave effort to battle the winter blues. The organizers are hoping some garish Hawaiian shirts and a few rounds of limbo will help Brooklynites forget about the double-digit inches of snow and single-digit temperatures outside.
“The winter’s been so rough, we thought it would be fun for people to pretend that it’s not happening for a day,” said Diamond Bar co-owner Dave Pollack.
Revellers can join in that sunny optimism by getting a (very) early start on their summer shopping. Items at the in-bar bazaar will include tie-dyed linen beach towels and scarves from Brooklyn Beach, headbands by Wilhelm, swimsuits by K Belo Swimwear, and hats by Wax & Cruz.
If bikini-buying does not make you feel any warmer, special food and drink options may at least transport you to the Long Island Sound for the evening. A special menu for the day will include with fish tacos and Fishers Island Oysters, plus beer from Barrier Brewing and Montauk Brewing.
“We’ll have one guy shucking oysters, great Long Island breweries,” said Pollack. “I think we got all the key players in play to have a really fun day.”
For those with a competitive streak, the bar will also be hosting a limbo contest and a Hawaiian shirt contest. The best shirt will win a $20 bar tab.
“Even though most people don’t wear Hawaiian shirts, they make the room so much brighter and fun,” said Brooklyn Beach founder Emily Harrison, who helped round up the vendors for the event.
Everyone dressed up in a Hawaiian shirt — or any aloha gear, for that matter — will also score a free beer.
“Hopefully it will be a fun escape from the winter,” said Harrison. “Let’s pretend we’re somewhere a lot warmer for the afternoon.”
Winter Beach Bazaar at the Diamond Bar [43 Franklin Ave. between Quay and Calyer streets in Greenpoint, (718) 383–5030, www.thediamondbrooklyn.com], Feb. 15 from 4–8 pm. Free admission.