KGB Bar

Located in the East Village, KGB Bar has been hosting literary events almost nightly for more than two decades. There are two venues in this location with literary readings. The main KGB bar is located on the second floor. There is a bar, a handful of tables and standing room. Readers have access to a podium and small reading light, although overall this venue can be quite dark. The main bar in KGB has both regular series like Sunday Night Fiction and Monday Night Poetry, as well as one-off events. Events are usually free. Tip your bar tenders.

The Red Room, located on the third floor, is a combination lounge and stage area. In addition to literary events, the venue also hosts musical performers and other entertainment formats. Most events have a two-drink minimum.

Events for both spaces are listed on their website.

Accessible: No.
Sound system: Provided.
Alcohol: Yes.
Coffee: Yes.
Book sales: By author or outside vendor.
Admission price: free or two drink minimum.


Below, Britt Melewski reads poetry at KGB in the main room for the Free Water reading series, a poetry series Melewski founded and curated.

Britt reading poetry at KGB bar










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