Goodbye Blue Monday

Bar / Café / Coffee Shop / Live Music Venue
Goodbye Blue Monday From Goodbye Blue Monday's scrap yard decor 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... New York United States 40.694568 -73.930494
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Goodbye Blue Monday - Bar | Café | Coffee Shop | Live Music Venue in New York.
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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

  • Subway:

    J, M, Z: Myrtle Avenue-Broadway

  • Phone:

    718-453-6343

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Goodbye Blue Monday Review

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From Goodbye Blue Monday's scrap yard decor 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...

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

While Bushwick has many cool bars and venues, it’s still kind of a rough part of town, and the trains aren’t totally reliable late at night. Definitely check out Goodbye Blue Monday, but try not to stay out much past midnight.

  • Crowd

    Laid-back artsy hipsters, punk chicks, college students, and bike messengers, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Grilled cheese, burgers, fries, sandwiches, snacks, coffee, baked goods, fruit, and vegan wraps.

  • Prices

    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+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual: flannel, cut-offs, pea coats, skinny jeans, Converse sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds, and first Tuesday of every month for the Bushwick Book Club.

  • Close By

    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.

Goodbye Blue Monday User Reviews

Average rating:
Weidest place but really cool and different
jacqueline E. Dec 13, 2012
This place.... what can i say about this place. Its in kind of an out of the way seedy looking area that was deserted on a Sunday night except for a lone bar here and there. I also walked past it twice before I realized it was where I was going. The decor is eclectic to say the least- a mix of the most random things possible, like Mary Poppins magic carpet bag and a dump truck exploded all over everything, It is really cool though because it is really different and interesting. It also wasnt as hipster as I initially thought, which was a verryyy pleasant surprise. They have a few beers on tap and a few bottled/canned , and none are really over $7, most are around $4 or $5.There was no cover which is a welcome perk as well, They had very very varied performers, an electronica/ guitar guy, a metal band, and some other band that I didnt stay to hear, I think they were punk. Its a great space to see different kind of performers and to go for a low key but interesting night. I was with a large group and it was a lot of fun.
Awesome, creepy
Chris K. Nov 15, 2012
Goodbye Blue Monday is an all right bar and venue, located in far-off Bushwick. Much more of a beer/wine/coffee joint than any sort of party location, the real draw is the decor and atmosphere, which is created through a mix of hoarder-cum-Imaginarium. All manner of toys, sleds, and strange lights hang overhead, blinding and twirling maniacally. Piles of records, books, and strange antiques line every shelf. Cool, right? Yeah, but...look, I'm not saying you ever WOULD or WILL die in Goodbye Blue Monday, but there is a dusty and lingering sense of death here, as though the clutter may swallow you and no one will find you. If you ever make it out to this place, have a fun night, but keep in mind that you might become part of the scenery. Heh heh. But really.
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