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Lake Johnson

258 Johnson Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11206 40.70681 -73.938129
nr. Bushwick Pl.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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Brooklyn’s overrun with gritty (grimy?) DIY music venues managed by enterprising indie kids out of their apartments, and here’s another. There’s no external signage, but you can usually spot it on show nights either by the line snaking out of the narrow staircase, by the band loading in or out, or by all the fixed-gear bikes locked up outside. Inside, a former family room, complete with a low stage, doubles as the main show room. The makeshift bar is located in the skinny hallway, where most congregate, and which leads to a surprisingly pleasant outdoor space/back staircase. As befitting a noncommercial endeavor, the show schedule is scattershot. Great place to see frantic punk-rock bands on the cheap, or to meet a nice on-duty cop.