BY STEPHANIE AMY COLLAZO
A post-grads dream, the Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club has everything you loved about college and more. There is foosball, pool, ping-pong, great food, a light up lounge area and of course beer.
Entering from the street side of Pier 17 the first thing you see is the large black Beekman Beer Garden sign. Making a left at the sign you are then face to face with the fun ping-pong and foosball tables and a tented seating area with a bar and a food trailer to your right.
Before finding seats we quickly surveyed the venue walking towards the back area, which featured white couches in what I have come to call the adult sandbox.
Later in the night we learned that these couches lit up, and the view of the Brooklyn Bridge was even more beautiful than ever.
Making our way back into the tent one of the waitresses offered us the drink of the night, which was called a Beach Ball. When asking what was in the peach colored concoction the waitress said she was unsure but it was a mixture of rums. The drink was very sweet, it tasted like it was made of peach schnapps and Malibu rum.
The wait staff was also passing around a number of hors d’oeuvres, which for the most part were delicious, but none went over as well as the burgers. As soon as the wait staff would walk away from the kitchen area the crowd would mob them before they could make it three feet from the pick up table.
The first of many hors d’oeuvres we sampled were oysters on the half shell with a salsa fresca, which are regularly priced at six for $12 or 12 for $20. The oyster tasted very fresh and the salsa fresca made for a great alternative to the usual cocktail sauce and lemon combo.
Next we had the coconut shrimp with orange marmalade. This had to be some of the best coconut shrimp I’ve had at a bar to date, it’s only competition being the coconut shrimp from the lazy boy saloon in White Plains. The batter was nicely browned and had a wonderful crunch. Sadly the coconut shrimp has not yet made it on the menu but I am hoping it will in the near future.
The chicken quesadilla ($8) fell a little short; it was simply grilled chicken and cheese in a tortilla. This was something I felt I could make at home; it didn’t really stand out to me in comparison with the other hors d’oeuvres.
Last but certainly not least was the bratwurst served on a pretzel bun ($6). This was served with some deli mustard and paired nicely with my Ommegang Witte ale. The beer was a pale ale similar to a Belgian-white and went well with all of the food. The after taste of the beer reminded me of the taste left in your mouth after smoking a djarum black clove cigarette, which may be seen as an odd comparison to some but those who have smoked the brand before will know exactly what I mean.
The night finished off with my new friends and myself sipping Malibu Bay Breezes barefoot in the adult sandbox, discussing how we soon planned to return to the Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club.