376 9th St., Brooklyn, NY, 11215
at Sixth Ave.
By notmine on 4/13/2008
Prepared to be surprised. Pleasantly! They always have some acoustic eclectic music in the back, and the atmosphere is delightful. European, relaxed, wish I could smoke there! Go see Stephen Wrembel if he plays again. Go any night--they always have something interesting!
By Emeraldcoupdegrace on 12/28/2006
Ever since discovering the joys and wonders of licorice tasting fairy drinks. I have located a pixie grotto in Brooklyn where these elixirs flit. It's called Barbes and it is now my bohemian lair. Everything about this place is wondrous, from the engraved tin ceiling to the dim romantic cherry glow of the place. Barbes hosts an array of exceptional performers in the room beyond the bar, but I was so taken aback with the friendliness of the barman, I never made it into the second room! The first drink I ordered was a modern Absinthe, called Absente. This was delivered with accompanying carafe of ice water as it should. I noticed a preponderance of good looking guys with shaved heads and black rimmed glasses - including myself and the bartender. Who is the inventor of the delicious Bar Bass - a Citron Cosmopolitan with a splash of Campari, Ricard and a twist of some sort of peel... one sip of it and I was relaxing in the cool summer breezes of the Riviera. The extensive quivver of anise drinks makes it compulsory for me but I assure you, the place is magic for anyone.
By seneca70 on 7/26/2005
Amazing...Amazing...Amazing... Barbes makes you feel like you are sitting in the back room of a bar in the City of Lights...it's a fantastic place that deserves all the recognition it can get.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.