KGB Bar

★★★★☆
In the years since it opened in 1993, KGB has become something of a New York literary institution. Writers hooked up in the publishing world read here with pleasure and without pay to an adoring public over drinks almost every Sunday evening (fiction), Monday evening (poetry), and most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The crowd loves it. Admission is free, drinks are cheap and strong, and the level of excellence is such that KGB has been named best literary venue in New York City by New York Magazine, the Village Voice, and everyone else who bestows these awards of recognition.
  • 85 E 4th St

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: Cross Streets bet. 2nd and Bowery

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  • 212-505-3360

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This bar is extremely average. I was there for about an hour before I left. Drink specials are good and extremely strong. Not a very relaxed enviroment though. Not much to say.

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★★★☆☆

This bar is extremely average. I was there for about an hour before I left. Drink specials are good and extremely strong. Not a very relaxed enviroment though. Not much to say.

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I love this bar and go there a lot but on a Thursday, after work around 8pm, you expect to be able to go and have a drink. Lo and behold, there's a private reading, no signs to tell you this and a nasty woman coming outside to tell you to "keep it down..." There is no indication that a reading is going on, unless you peer through the window of the door to the bar, and we weren't being loud, we just didn't know why our favorite bar wasn't accessible... I probably will have to call ahead first, which is totally ridiculous.... gimme a break!

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★★★★☆

I love this bar and go there a lot but on a Thursday, after work around 8pm, you expect to be able to go and have a drink. Lo and behold, there's a private reading, no signs to tell you this and a nasty woman coming outside to tell you to "keep it down..." There is no indication that a reading is going on, unless you peer through the window of the door to the bar, and we weren't being loud, we just didn't know why our favorite bar wasn't accessible... I probably will have to call ahead first, which is totally ridiculous.... gimme a break!

Pros: Great place to chat, cheap drinks

Cons: terrible service, bartender asleep, random readings

Editorial from

Mother Russia is alive and well in this red-lit, kitschy Soviet-era ambience. Plots are hatched and read aloud. But these literati are more apt to spout poetry or fiction rather than the next great socialist revolution at this East Villageā€¦

 

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