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Coney Island Circus Sideshow Freak Bar

Coney Island Circus Sideshow
1208 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11224 40.575 -73.98
at W. 12th St   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-372-5159 Send to Phone

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Sat-Sun, noon-5pm, through March 22

Nearby Subway Stops

D, F, N, Q at Coney Island-Stillwell Ave.; F, Q at W. 8th St.-New York Aquarium

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa


Every bar gets its share of freaks, but the tiny one tucked into the corner of the foyer of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow is the only one that actually offers the opportunity to meet sword swallowers and insect eaters on break from their acts. Even the drink slinger behind the brightly painted corrugated steel bar is a pierced and tattooed oddity, so it’s a bit strange that the bottles available are fairly run-of-the-mill: Corona, Heineken, Brooklyn Lager, Budweiser, and Blue Moon. (To get into the spirit here, order one of the several offerings from Brooklyn’s own Sixpoint Brewery.) With Pez dispensers, plastic shellfish, a stack of 8-tracks, and an antique cash register jammed behind the bar for festive kitsch, this isn’t so much a place to sit and chill as it is a base for getting hammered enough to be able to stomach a man pounding a nail into his nose.