The days of Bushwick’s prestige as a beacon of alcoholic light have long been numbered. What with Martha’s Mayonnaise actually opening up off Jefferson Street, the limitation of liquor licenses and the snooty presence of Hops & Hocks’ irresistible charcuterie, people have far less iniquitous things to worry about than getting drunk. And so, it was only a matter of time before its nearby neighbor, Ridgewood, sometimes referred to as Quooklyn, would usurp Bushwick as a mecca for alcoholic debauchery.
The new bar, Lecken der Bier, is opening up off the Seneca Avenue M train with the name deliberately being as white (what’s whiter than the language of Hitler?–this sounds like the opening to a joke someone should work on) as possible in order to overtly signal the shifting tides in the area. The owner of the bar, Ron Commandeer, a 41-year-old who formerly worked at VOID before branching out on his own, told The Burning Bush, “We saw an opportunity to stake a claim in Ridgewood that we couldn’t pass up. This is obviously the next liquor-laden frontier.”
Lecken der Bier will specialize in draft beers, as well as German fare like schnitzel, sausage, sauerkraut and that oh so elusive German pasta known as spätzle. But don’t worry, there will also be an array of well drinks and cocktails to choose from–proving that it doesn’t matter what theme your bar has, so long as the location seems like the next big thing.
Written by Genna Rivieccio