KGB Bar

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77 Solid

With its very own reading series, this Communist-themed bar is about stimulating brain cells, rather than killing them.

85 E. 4th St., New York, NY, 10003

212-505-3360

http://kgbbar.com

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The lowdown

Back in the 1940s, this space housed the local headquarters of a Ukrainian socialist party. Today, the red menace congregates here—if graduate-level Marxist theoreticians can be considered “reds,” that is. Debate the point underneath looming propaganda posters and framed portraits of bygone party leaders; a bounty of vodka should help liven up the conversation. On many nights, though, the point is listening rather than talking: KGB’s reading series is legendary, drawing marquee literati like Luc Sante, A.M. Homes, and Rick Moody, as well as struggling writers hoping to get noticed by the Paris Review editors in the crowd.

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized