The summer sun was setting over Brooklyn as my girls and I pulled up to Brooklyn Tap. We followed the sounds of conversation and laughter into the bar where we were immediately exposed to a room filled with 50 shades of brown, well dressed people. The atmosphere exuded cool, the bar was packed as people waited to get another drink before happy hour ended. In the corner the arcade version of Pac-Man caught my eye. I couldn’t resist putting in a quarter to play as I waited for my girl to get our drinks from the bar. The drinks were strong and reasonably priced. We even ordered food, which was delicious to say the least.
But it didn’t end there.
The dim mood lighting of the bar could not eclipse the radiance coming from the outside patio. Maybe it was the mural of Brooklyn painted with colors that resembled the summer sky. Maybe it was the reggae blasting through the speakers as people swayed their bodies to di riddim. It could of also been the Jose I’d been sipping on making me feel this way…Whatever it was, I knew that Blowing O’s was the place to be. We walked through the doors and we couldn’t escape the overwhelming feeling of happiness being evoked in the room.
Smiles everywhere. It was contagious.
One major key to a good party, along with the venue, is the music— and Dj Miss Milan along with Dj Buka had the party turnt. There was no moment where guests stopped singing along, dancing or bopping their heads. I saw them hit their Milly Rock, many were quite sturdy and I’m sure those who wanted to catch a dub caught a few. The men were dapper, the ladies were fly it was like stepping into a live Instagram feed. If you didn’t shoot your shot you definitely missed your chance of finding your potential summer bae.
Drink in one hand, cigar in the other many blew o’s that drifted into the atmosphere while Stick Talk played in the background. Giving the party the perfect mixture of sophisticated and ratchet— or as I like to say sophistiratchet, there’s really nothing better. It was great to see black entrepreneurs supporting one another as vendors such as Visionary Society (XxX) “#FatherStretchMyBands” and Nuwdu were in attendance selling their merchandise. It’s this kind of collaboration needed in order to uplift and support each others passions.
At the end of the night, I went around and spoke with some of the people there asking them how they felt about the party and they all said the same, there was…
But most importantly, good vibes.
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Pictures By Kolin Mendez