South Williamsburg cocktail bar Dram made a name for itself serving up carefully blended seasonal drinks — it’s even drawn some national publicity, as evidenced in this perpetually hilarious clip of Martha Stewart getting a little toasted there (and then drunk-eating some Pies n’ Thighs deliciousness). But the NYT reports that from July 20-23, Dram will be taking a brief hiatus from mixology to moonlight as a bona fide dive bar — complete with cheap drinks and decidedly low-brow snacks.
The pop-up dive, appropriately called 86′d, takes place during the New Orleans drink convention (umm, why aren’t we there?) Tales of the Cocktail, a four-day long mixology smorgasbord complete with competitions, tastings and seminars. Since Dram is losing several of its best bartenders to the Big Easy for the weekend, they’ll be turning over the reins to two of the bar’s lesser-known staff members.
So for the second-to-last weekend in July, expect to see the bar’s typical $10-14 cocktails replaced with noncraft domestic beers, Jagermeister, and pickleback shots. If you’re set on a more, uhm, elaborate drink you can enjoy a White Russian or Salty Dog. All drinks will be $4-8. As for food, the bar will be nixing the typical tapas-style small bites in favor of pimento cheese bites and boiled peanuts ($2).
What can we say? You get what you pay for.
Dram, 177 S. 4th St, Williamsburg. 718.486.3726.