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85 E. 4th St., 2nd fl., New York, NY 10003 40.726318 -73.989648
nr. Second Ave.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-505-3360 Send to Phone

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Daily, 6:30pm-3:30am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.; F at Second Ave.

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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; more than 40 types 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.


For further reading: The KGB Bar Reader, its follow-up, The KGB Bar Book of Poems, The KBG Bar Nonfiction Reader, and On the Rocks: The KGB Bar Fiction Anthology.

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