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16 Main St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 40.703371 -73.990853
nr. Water St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-222-8500 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: WiFi, After Work, Cabaret, Live Music, Lounge, Private Party Space
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Nearby Subway Stops

A, C at High St.; F at York St.

Cover Charge

$10-20; cash only at the door

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


This venue is closed.

This waterside “art space” under the bridge (relocated from Williamsburg) offers interesting performances on most nights—from trapeze shows to piano-heavy indie concerts; if it’s semi-quirky, you can probably catch it here. On other nights, the bar coordinates with local magazines for literary parties. For shows, the atmosphere, similar to Joe’s Pub, is intimate: The space is small, the stage wooden and nicely lit. As a bar, however, the identity here is harder to discern—it seems sort of cross between S&M dungeon, candle-lit cavern, and refurbished warehouse, though less fun than any of those options. The small ponds that run throughout the space are a cool touch, so long as you don’t slip in one. The red booths, black tables, disco balls, and industrial-chic décor are a bit less original; sexy in an obvious way. The crowd is mixed but largely young, creative professionals, guys and girls off from their graphic-design jobs with dates in tow. The drinks have a swanky appeal—sweet lychee martinis, cucumber and mint-heavy mojitos, pomegranate margaritas, and similarly exotic standards.


This transplanted art space maintains the industrial feel of its prior Williamsburg incarnation, but now boasts higher ceilings, two levels, and is a LEED-certified “green” event space constructed from recycled steel and locally sourced materials.