Boozy brunch is the perfect way to kick off (or end) a weekend. So you can imagine our horror upon hearing that bottomless brunch will now be illegal in New York City. On Monday, the New York City Hospitality Alliance sent out a press release informing everybody of a little-known New York State law which prohibits "selling, serving, delivering or offering to patrons an unlimited number of drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price." Who knows if restaurants will actually follow the rule, but after this weekend, New Yorkers may be seeing considerably fewer drunken Sunday afternoons.
Shock. Horror. Denial. Drunken acceptance.
There’s nothing better than getting together with a group of hungover pals for some Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, and, um, food. Last weekend at drunk brunch (known as drunch to us professionals), I was sipping my fifth Bloody Mary and revisiting my home fries. As I picked up the potato that had fallen into my cleavage and surreptitiously ate it, my friend asked, "What should we do next?"
What indeed? Faced with the classic post-drunch conundrum of what to do with your 2-pm-on-a-Saturday buzz, here's a guide to getting the most out of your post-boozy brunch.
SEE A MOVIE
Take A LONG WALK
If you went for drunch on a day it’s not polar-vortexing, go out and aimlessly
explore the city. No destinations, Google Maps, or transportation (besides your
feet) allowed. Newly fortified, you could very well walk for miles and not even realize it. The
exercise can even help mitigate that early-evening hangover.
Make Friends With Dogs
There has never
been a more rewarding free activity than lurking around a public dog park, stupidly grinning and petting the dogs that
come over to smell you. Clearly, a slight buzz will heighten your enjoyment of
this activity, and, considering you probably lost your debit card in your
post-drunch travels, you’ll appreciate how entirely free this activity is. (Note:
Make sure not to steal any dogs.)
WORK THAT BOOTYIt can be really fun to get your freak on at a Burlesque-inspired dance
class when you're drunk. Record videos of you and your shimmying pals for future memories, trying your hardest not to send overtly sexy Snapchats. Some dance studios offer free classes on Friday and Saturday, so do some prep before brunch to see what's available in your area. You can also just dance in your living room.
VISIT A FOOD MARKET
you did drunch right, when you leave — presumably three or so hours later — you'll
have the munchies. Or, if you’re not quite hungry yet, you should definitely consider buying snacks for later, since you'll be flopping on your bed and watching Hulu in just a few hours time.
CONTINUE DRINKING, DUH
Visit a museum, ya drunken bum. Many museums have free days on the weekends, so do your research beforehand. (If you're in NYC, check out this handy list.) Considering many renowned artists produced works under the influence of substances, seeing art drunk might allow you to appreciate and admire the art in a whole new way.
Just be careful not to cause a scene.
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