It's that time of year again: When the all-knowing fashion gods take to the runways to remind us that black is always the new black. So what better way for mere mortals to celebrate this week of fashion shows and parties we can't get into than at Greenpoint's swankily subtle new bar Blackout. This latest addition to the nabe comes courtesy of the owners of avant-boutique chain Oak. With black mirrored tables reflecting the ornate black painted tin ceiling as you sit on a black leather banquette, nowhere else is it more clear that fashion's staple non-color is here to stay. Milky art deco lamps hanging above the lacquered bar, funereal white flowers, and the flicker of candlelight provide the only contrast in this bar awash in black. As can be expected, the clientle tend toward the head-to-toe look as well. While even those stylistas probably experience some wardrobe transition pains between summer and fall, Blackout's cocktail list helps you make a smooth leap between seasons with a two drink combo: the refreshingly light Cucumber Vine (cucumber-infused vodka, muddled cucumber, lime; $9) followed by the leaves-crackling-under-your-feet taste of the Orchard (Appleton rum, apple juice, Pimm's; $8). And the generous happy hour (5-8 p.m.) with $3 well drinks, $4 pints of Gaffel, and $3 bottles of Sierra Nevada will help you save those pennies for the season's latest look
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