Party Earth Review From Goodbye Blue Monday’s scrap yard décor right down to its Vonnegut-referencing title, this one-room coffee shop and live music venue has a stylized yet relaxed Wes Anderson-esque vibe that attracts both mods and indie... ... read full review
New York, NY 11221
J, M, Z: Myrtle Avenue-Broadway
BUSHWICK, NEW YORK –
From Goodbye Blue Monday’s scrap yard décor right down to its Vonnegut-referencing title, this one-room coffee shop and live music venue has a stylized yet relaxed Wes Anderson-esque vibe that attracts both mods and indie rockers.
A small sound booth surrounded by ceiling-high shelves stacked with records is just the beginning, as every available bit of wall overflows with towers of dusty books, old portraits, ancient record players, and antique televisions, while the air space is cluttered with dangling skis, dolls, and 45s. The end result is an old-school DIY attitude that keeps the stylishly shabby venue from feeling pretentious.
Twenty-something indie rock chicks, pierced bike messengers, and college students brave enough to travel to Bushwick settle in on lawn chairs and old tires to sip coffee and red wine at the sturdy bar or out in the messy artist studio/patio, while local performers pound out jazz, blues, indie rock, and even klezmer from the tiny stage in the corner.
In keeping with its hodgepodge philosophy, the bar also hosts everything from comedians, belly dancers, and open mic nights to the Bushwick Book Club, a local musicians’ group dedicated to writing literary music based on their most recent reads.
Quaint but cool, welcoming but out of the way, and with a motley crowd of indie regulars, Goodbye Blue Monday is one of the more relevant members of the young artist movement Brooklyn has so lovingly fostered.
Laid-back artsy hipsters, punk chicks, college students, and bike messengers, 20s to 30s.
Live bands feature folk, jazz, klezmer, and indie rock. Ambient indie rock between sets. Occasional open mic nights. Blue in the Face Comedy Night Wednesdays 7–9pm. Book club meetings first Tuesday of the month.
Grilled cheese, burgers, fries, sandwiches, snacks, coffee, baked goods, fruit, and vegan wraps.
Chips and snacks $1+, baked goods $2+, vegan wraps $7.50, sandwiches and burgers $8+. Beer $4–$7+, wine $5+, sangria $7, hot and cold drinks $2+.
Hipster casual: flannel, cut-offs, pea coats, skinny jeans, Converse sneakers.
Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds, and first Tuesday of every month for the Bushwick Book Club.
A brisk walk or a short cab ride away is The Wreck Room (940 Flushing Avenue) with a similar, but rowdier crowd, cheaper beer, and dilapidated pool tables.