The owners of Greenpoint's Barge Bar are going to open their floating venue on the East River one way or another next month, even if they don't have their liquor license in hand. Founder Will Drawbridge (yes, that's his real name) has been working on getting that license since March, but so far hasn't had any luck with the local community board. Neighbors are worried about the noise, and convinced that a floating bar can only lead to sloppy drunks and a park full of puke.
The final decision will be made by the State Liquor Authority at a hearing in mid-June, but the barge might open before then without the drinks. "There is no point in having the barge just sit there," Drawbridge told the Brooklyn Paper. The plan is to have the outdoor space to triple as an art gallery, bar/restaurant, and aquatic center where people can rent kayaks. Drawbridge hopes that by starting with all of the elements but the bar, he will convince neighbors that the Barge Bar is worth keeping around.