Pete’s Candy Store

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Kitschy décor, hot ‘n’ hip crowd, nightly live music: Pete’s Candy has all your favorite treats.

709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, NY, 11211


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The lowdown

This down-home-stylish bar was formerly a local luncheonette for the neighborhood’s Italian old timers — as well as a one-time, well, candy store. It’s transitioned to a bar and performance space, and the owner is a set designer, so the back room has cleverly been made to look like a train car. The main attraction, though, is the stage — which accommodates the full range of Billyburg’s sonic underground, from rockabilly to ska. Chinese newspapers laminated on the table-tops give the place a kitschy feel, but the bar staff take their job seriously, expertly executing martinis and Manhattans for the nightly throngs of neighborhood hotties who soak it up with the only food on the menu: a grilled-cheese sandwich.

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!