KGB Bar

KGB Bar

Dive Bar and Bar$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Mike R.
    "Baltika Extra is a boozy bargain!"(4 Tips)
    Nicholas B.
    "weekly Sunday Night Fiction."(2 Tips)
    Nitin G.
    "Hah, communist."(2 Tips)
    Stefano G.
    "You come here for Russian beer right?"(2 Tips)
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  • Stefano B.
    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
  • 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.
  • Citybeams.com
    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
  • 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.
  • Chiara M.
    Chiara MezzanottefondaSeptember 13, 2014
    Incredible place hidden in the east village, and the guy likes new wave and noise music, so it's perfect!
  • Stefano G.
    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.
    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)
  • Michael L.
    Michael LambertOctober 7, 2014
    Cozy theme bar that would make Lenin blush…in a good way. Check out the neat propaganda posters.
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintJuly 17, 2015
    Can't go wrong coming in here. Drink prices are fair. Come for good poetry readings.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressApril 10, 2013
    Meet Suzanne Palmieri on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM as she reads from her debut novel The Witch of Little Italy. Also with Jim Warner, Dierdre Sinnott, and Amye Archer. Read more
  • 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)!
  • David B.
    David BanJune 24, 2014
    Gloriously divey. KGB attracts a diverse crowd of drunk people, and skews slightly older and surlier.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphyOctober 15, 2014
    The name says it all. Once you are inside, go upstairs to find the bar.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WaltmanAugust 29, 2013
    We stayed till 1 am on a Wednesday and they bought us a round :)
  • Gellie C.
    Gellie ChayaFebruary 7, 2015
    There's a bar on top that is more classy and loungey. Very cool.
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenJuly 18, 2015
    Interesting decor. Definitely more of an intimate date spot
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJune 19, 2013
    Meet A. X. Ahmad on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his debut thriller novel The Caretaker. Also with Lisa Brackman. Read more
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeJuly 30, 2014
    Meet Jon McGoran on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new thriller novel Deadout. Also with Linda Davies, hosted by Richie Narvaez. Read more
  • Sherry C.
    Sherry CitronMay 29, 2011
    Came back after 10 years and still the same awesome place. Erik is still the best!
  • Connor H.
    Connor HoganAugust 9, 2010
    Its a nice homey little bar. Get the Baltikaa Beer, most bang for your buck.
  • Cameron B.
    Cameron BattenAugust 23, 2011
    Get some h20. One of the A/Cs is not working. Their advice? Take off ur shirt!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxDecember 19, 2012
    Meet James Lasdun on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book, Give Me Everything You Have. Read more
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxSeptember 11, 2013
    Meet Wayne Koestenbaum on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book, My 1980s and Other Essays. Read more
  • Fiona B.
    Fiona BaptisteSeptember 14, 2013
    Good times! Drinks are super strong :)
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressDecember 5, 2012
    Meet Steph Cha on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM as she reads from her debut novel Follow Her Home. Also with Daniel Friedman. Read more
  • Roman M.
    Roman M.January 19, 2012
    Come Tuesday nights for the great KGB Nonfiction Reading Series.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressOctober 17, 2011
    Meet Sarah Murray on Sunday October 30, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM as she reads from her new book, Making an Exit.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxOctober 12, 2011
    Meet John Jeremiah Sullivan on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM as he reads from his new book, Pulphead.
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AmlinMay 20, 2012
    Go for the Sunday night fiction readings!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Rosecrans Baldwin on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his memoir Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down. Read more
  • Nate N.
    Nate NagyOctober 14, 2011
    Well priced liquor if that's your thing
  • Trevor H.
    Trevor HullAugust 26, 2014
    Booze is great. Atmosphere is rad
  • Shani R.
    Shani RajeshAugust 31, 2010
    Kick ass staff, go late though...like reaaaaally late, when the crowd is gone.
  • TAMMY G.
    TAMMY GIAJanuary 2, 2015
    Crazy Monday night spot!
  • Henry B.
    Henry BridgeOctober 1, 2015
    KGB = dive bar - loud music + Soviet paraphernalia.
  • Denice M.
    Denice MartoneMay 8, 2013
    Russian beer
  • Denice M.
    Denice MartoneMay 8, 2013
    Drink the Russian beet
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 8, 2015
    Order Baltika, enjoy Baltika, repeat.
  • Hee Jung R.
    Hee Jung RyuApril 24, 2016
    Fun vibe. The drinks are ok.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Siddhartha Deb on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book, The Beautiful and the Damned.
  • Lou G.
    Lou GubertiAugust 16, 2011
    Take a date here for a covert meet-up. Nostrovia!
  • James J.
    James JOctober 3, 2014
    Eah. Does the theme well.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanJuly 27, 2015
    Cozy atmosphere
  • Mike R.
    Mike R.October 10, 2011
    Baltika Extra is a boozy bargain!
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HoffenbergJuly 12, 2014
    If this place were a person, I'd have sex with it.
  • Angel V.
    Angel VortexFebruary 7, 2016
    Poem readings
  • Orta T.
    Orta TheroxMarch 4, 2014
    Went well.
  • Carlos R.
    Carlos RodriguezOctober 25, 2010
    Try to count the urinal cakes in the bathroom...You'll be there a while.
  • S T.
    S TMarch 25, 2012
    it gets reaaaal warm in there
  • Barry L.
    Barry LJune 23, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    get the Brooklyn. vintage may 2009 is excellent
  • 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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