KGB Bar

KGB Bar

Dive Bar$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckDecember 17, 2012
    Former commie hangout hosts free readings with budding wordsmiths. Recommend Fantastic Fiction where notables Joyce Carol Oates and Jack Ketchum have appeared, and the weekly Sunday Night Fiction.
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    Stefano BattagliaSeptember 13, 2014
    In this Communist-themed bar you'll find dimmed lights and a friendly Barman with excellent taste in music (the mission and my bloody valentine among the others)! Well worth a visit if you're in NYC
  • Stefano G.heart icon on user image
    Stefano GuidolinAugust 5, 2014
    You come here for Russian beer right? It's the Baltika! Get the #9 if you are feeling brave, it's the best!
  • Abner A.heart icon on user image
    Abner AcevesSeptember 23, 2015
    I love this bar. It's on the 2nd floor don't confuse the entrance with the theater on the 1st floor (I did that)
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    Citybeams.comJuly 4, 2012
    Voted best first-date place for drinks on a Saturday night in the East Village/ Lower East Side. Small and quirky, and quiet enough to have a conversation
  • Chiara M.heart icon on user image
    Chiara MezzanottefondaSeptember 13, 2014
    Incredible place hidden in the east village, and the guy likes new wave and noise music, so it's perfect!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LambertOctober 7, 2014
    Cozy theme bar that would make Lenin blush…in a good way. Check out the neat propaganda posters.
  • Young to Publishing
    Young to PublishingSeptember 11, 2011
    A fairly young institution, KGB Bar opened in 1993 and has since been a staple in the NYC reading series circuit, heavy on cheap drinks and literati. Check out fiction on Sunday or poetry on Monday.
  • L. T.heart icon on user image
    L. T.July 17, 2015
    Can't go wrong coming in here. Drink prices are fair. Come for good poetry readings.
  • David B.
    David BanJune 24, 2014
    Gloriously divey. KGB attracts a diverse crowd of drunk people, and skews slightly older and surlier.
  • Julia K.
    Julia KlothSeptember 29, 2013
    You don't order a Grey Goose in a Russian bar (said the small girl who learned the hard way)!
  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphyOctober 15, 2014
    The name says it all. Once you are inside, go upstairs to find the bar.
  • Calvin M.heart icon on user image
    Calvin MultanenJuly 18, 2015
    Interesting decor. Definitely more of an intimate date spot
  • Gellie C.
    Gellie ChayaFebruary 7, 2015
    There's a bar on top that is more classy and loungey. Very cool.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WaltmanAugust 29, 2013
    We stayed till 1 am on a Wednesday and they bought us a round :)
  • Marcin P.heart icon on user image
    Marcin PyszoraSeptember 26, 2017
    Music is what makes this place special
  • Sherry C.
    Sherry CitronMay 29, 2011
    Came back after 10 years and still the same awesome place. Erik is still the best!
  • Fiona B.
    Fiona BaptisteSeptember 14, 2013
    Good times! Drinks are super strong :)
  • Henry B.heart icon on user image
    Henry BridgeOctober 1, 2015
    KGB = dive bar - loud music + Soviet paraphernalia.
  • Connor H.
    Connor HoganAugust 9, 2010
    Its a nice homey little bar. Get the Baltikaa Beer, most bang for your buck.
  • Trevor H.
    Trevor HullAugust 26, 2014
    Booze is great. Atmosphere is rad
  • Saif D.heart icon on user image
    Saif DiaSeptember 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Order Baltika, enjoy Baltika, repeat.
  • TAMMY G.heart icon on user image
    TAMMY GIAJanuary 2, 2015
    Crazy Monday night spot!
  • Hee Jung R.heart icon on user image
    Hee Jung RyuApril 24, 2016
    Fun vibe. The drinks are ok.
  • Cameron B.
    Cameron BattenAugust 23, 2011
    Get some h20. One of the A/Cs is not working. Their advice? Take off ur shirt!
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AmlinMay 20, 2012
    Go for the Sunday night fiction readings!
  • Saarim Z.heart icon on user image
    Saarim ZamanJuly 27, 2015
    Cozy atmosphere
  • Nate N.
    Nate NagyOctober 14, 2011
    Well priced liquor if that's your thing
  • James J.heart icon on user image
    James JOctober 3, 2014
    Eah. Does the theme well.
  • Denice M.
    Denice MartoneMay 8, 2013
    Drink the Russian beet
  • Denice M.
    Denice MartoneMay 8, 2013
    Russian beer
  • Shani R.
    Shani RajeshAugust 31, 2010
    Kick ass staff, go late though...like reaaaaally late, when the crowd is gone.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HoffenbergJuly 12, 2014
    If this place were a person, I'd have sex with it.
  • Lou G.
    Lou GubertiAugust 16, 2011
    Take a date here for a covert meet-up. Nostrovia!
  • Angel V.
    Angel VortexFebruary 7, 2016
    Poem readings
  • Mike R.
    Mike R.October 10, 2011
    Baltika Extra is a boozy bargain!
  • Orta T.heart icon on user image
    Orta TheroxMarch 4, 2014
    Went well.
  • Barry L.
    Barry LJune 23, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    get the Brooklyn. vintage may 2009 is excellent
  • S T.
    S TMarch 25, 2012
    it gets reaaaal warm in there
  • ᴡ R.
    ᴡ RodriguezOctober 25, 2010
    Try to count the urinal cakes in the bathroom...You'll be there a while.
  • Nitin G.
    Nitin GoswamiDecember 15, 2009
    Hah, communist. KGB reminds me of Rounders.
  • Janice
    JaniceNovember 22, 2009
    Feels like a Communist when I'm here. Uh-oh parents wouldn't like that, would they...?
  • Lightance
    LightanceDecember 14, 2012
    Να εδω στις τουαλέτες μου τον είχε γυαλισει μια γκαρσονα. Μπάνιο το μωρό
  • Jyrki M.
    Jyrki MakkonenNovember 4, 2011
    just order русски стандартных
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