376 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Hours: Open 5p Daily
Subway: F to 7th Ave
Written by: Dmitry Iyudin
In an intimate back room at Barbès a globe-spanning blend of eclectic music is set amongst French flair. The live music varies from ragtime and opera to Eastern European Gypsy flavored funk. This bare-bones neighborhood bar located in the heart of Park Slope is owned by two Brooklyn musicians—both originally from France—and draws a lovely, literate crowd.
Inside the venue, tin-ceilings and low light create perfect ambiance for a romantic rendezvous or a stimulating evening out with friends. A great selection of reasonably priced wines adds to the experience. Proximity to bustling 5th and 7th Avenues, and local culinary favorites such as Sidecar and Blue Ribbon, make this a perfect spot for an aperitif or a night cap.
Every first Sunday of the month Barbès features readings by prominent authors such as Paul Auster and Chuck Klosterman. On Monday the performance area is turned into a makeshift movie theater for screenings of independent features, animation and classics from around the world. Admission is free to both.