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502 reviews
|Bars|New York, NY 10003 United States

85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003 United States

(347) 441-4481

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An intellectual's Pravda, this second story dive is decorated with communist propaganda that is downright creepy if pondered too long. KGB is also the epicenter of the new writers' scene, hosting popular readings and frequented by some up and coming novelists. It is certainly pretentious, but worth a trip for the thrill of knowing you might be sitting beside the next Ernest Hemingway. Check their schedule for readings and events. Cash only. The KGB Bar is also the location for The Kraine Theater located on the ground floor. This theater is managed by the Horse Trade Theater Group.

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hectorres review for KGB Bar
hectorres on Yellow Pages

11 years ago

12/23/2011, 03:15 AM
Don't go here, the bartender stole my card and made three false charges to my account.
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dave0802 review for KGB Bar
dave0802 on Citysearch

15 years ago

02/19/2008, 01:21 AM
Average bar – 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.
verybecca review for KGB Bar
verybecca on Citysearch

17 years ago

01/27/2006, 03:25 AM
A favorite, but call ahead.... – 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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18 years ago

07/15/2005, 02:30 AM
Where writers unite, under the influence of martinis and words. – Formerly home to the Ukrainian Working Men's Club, KGB is still decorated with period photographs and Marxist aphorisms. Now, Boho literati read, perform and swill hooch. It may not be the Round Table, but just about every up-and-coming poet and fiction writer, as well as some established icons, comes to read for free. Michael Cunningham, Kathryn Harrison, Elissa Schappell and A.M. Homes are among those who have appeared during the reading series' history.
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