Public boozing in Brooklyn Bridge Park becomes a reality today, as the café on Pier 1 gets to make use of its newly acquired beer and wine license.
At around noon, the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar — which sits on its plaza in the park at the foot of Old Fulton Street — will start serving wine and beer. All-Brooklyn beer.
“Yesterday, we were Brooklyn Bridge Café, and today we’re the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar,” said concession General Manager Charlie Marshall. “We love the park and we’re excited to be here.”
The eatery has been open for a month, serving chicken wraps, salads, and cheese plates. But Marshall knew what the people have really been waiting for since March: a Brooklyn Pilsner in the great outdoors without that annoying brown bag. That said, drinking is only allowed on the bar’s premises.
Indeed, surveys conducted in the early phases of the decades-long park project indicated that a huge portion of park users wanted to be able to have a beer or wine while drinking in the majestic Manhattan skyline and the bridge that gives the park its name.