There's nothing better than that first warm weekend in the spring where the sun is shining and you can finally taste summer. We had a weekend like this in Brooklyn earlier this month and took full advantage of it. We spent all day outside and even broke out the shorts for the first time since last summer. Am I the only one who feels naked the first time I wear shorts every year?! Of course, I ended up with a patch of sunburn on my shoulder (oops!), but it was such an amazing day. We visited a bar near our apartment that we've never been to before and I actually think it might become one of our go-to summer spots... Diamond Reef. The bar doesn't look like much from the outside but when you walk in you feel like you're in a Miami oasis! The indoor bar area is huge, with comfy booths and a long bar, along with tons of floor space. There are tropical neon signs and palm trees, and the A/C is blasting. But the best part of the bar was probably the backyard. It's full of bright and cheerful tables and long wooden benches, tropical plants, and even a food truck. We had some delicious Mexican street corn and grilled chicken skewers -- the perfect snacks for a midday treat on a hot day. Their drink menu is full of fruity tropical-flavored frozen drinks and cocktails and refreshing beers. My drink was strong but tasty, and it felt so festive with the little paper umbrella and colorful straw in it. If you're ever in the neighborhood, whether you need a place to hang out on a hot summer day or a tropical escape in the middle of winter, I highly recommend checking Diamond Reef out!!
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 27 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.