Williamsburg lost one of its chillest and quirkiest indoor-outdoor spaces when Battery Harris closed at the end of April, but there’s new life for the onetime gas station on a triangular plot in the shadow of the BQE. The Breakers is now serving $5 Sex on the Beaches all day, all night.
The new spot comes from Dave Rosen, owner of Williamsburg bar The Woods, and operators of Aunt Ginny’s and the Windjammer in Ridgewood. As children of the ’80s, they’ve channeled their nostalgia for that era’s skating and snowboarding scenes into the decor. A floor mural by Doug Aldrich evokes the decks that Rosen’s cousin and business partner, James Tadic, grew up riding, and you can find boards like an original Sims Switch Blade on the wall. The neon lighting, meanwhile, is sure to please anyone who has ever rocked a Don Johnson baseball cap and a neck brace.
True to The Breakers’ name, there’s also a surf vibe courtesy of palm trees and no less than 15 tiki-inspired cocktails on draft (see the drinks list above). Naturally, there are also fish tacos. The menu– from the proprietor of The Bear, the shack in the backyard of The Woods– offers a variety of burritos, burgers, bowls, fried chicken sandwiches, and snacks like Miami-style guava-and-cheese empanadas. (Have a look here.)
Rest assured, the neon “DANCE” sign isn’t just for show. A custom sound system rescued from legendary Village dance den Sullivan Room will be put to use most nights of the week, with DJs working the outside patio on weekend afternoons. And yes, there will be ’80s dance parties.
The Breakers, 307 Meeker Ave., Williamsburg; open Monday to Friday, 2am to 4am, and Saturday, noon to 4am.