Dad has his day in the Ridge

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Bay Ridge is poppin’ for Papa!

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and you should celebrate by giving your old man a weekend out on the town in Brooklyn’s nightlife Mecca, the place where he probably partied in his youth — and still does!

On Friday, give Dad a real boys’ night out with Havana rolls and the Devil’s nectar at the “Cigar and Whiskey Night” at Fort Hamilton Community Club Lounge (207 Sterling Dr. at Sheridan Loop on Fort Hamilton Army Base). Sample five whiskeys and puff on a pair of cigars like a mob boss for a mere $35 each, starting at 6:30 pm. Snag a coveted spot for you and Pops at — online tickets are $5 off, and be sure you both bring identification so you can get on the base.

Then swing by Sgt. Deon L. Taylor Sports Field, just a few steps away, for a softball game — because what do Dads love more if not knocking back a few cold ones while watching sports? Soak up the witty banter between radio personalities Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, who will emcee the aptly named “Boomer and Carton Celebrity Softball Game.” Chow down on classic ball game fare while you watch and wash it down with plenty of brewskis. First pitch is at 6:30 pm, but the game will keep going until at least 8 pm. Again, you can register at

Finally, cap the evening with some fine dining at Leo’s Casa Calamari (8602 Third Ave. at 86th Street), where local foodies will mingle over pasta and prosecco for the South Brooklyn Food and Drink Facebook group’s first in-person meet-up at 8:30 pm.

And on Dad’s Day, take your Pa out for dinner and a show, with a concert dedicated to him — Martin McQuade’s “Pop Songs for Poppa” concert on Sunday at the Gulf Coast (6901 Third Ave. at Bay Ridge Avenue). Pianist Pete Sokolow will accompany the crooner for a 3 pm show that will include father-son–themed classics such as “Sonny Boy,” “Papa Loves Mambo,” and “Dear Little Boy of Mine.” Call (347) 662–6644 to line up your reservation.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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