Pete's Candy Store

Bar / Live Music Venue / Lounge
Pete's Candy Store "A dive bar at heart, Pete's Candy Store has an understated sense of cool that places it a cut above the rest._x000D_ New York United States 40.718056 -73.950115
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Pete's Candy Store - Bar | Live Music Venue | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review A dive bar at heart, Pete’s Candy Store has an understated sense of cool that places it a cut above the rest. Awash in the glow of retro multi-colored Christmas lights, the main bar attracts a laid-back clientele of Williamsburg... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 5pm–2am, Th–Sa 5pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Pete's Candy Store Review

The Scene

"A dive bar at heart, Pete's Candy Store has an understated sense of cool that places it a cut above the rest._x000D_

A dive bar at heart, Pete’s Candy Store has an understated sense of cool that places it a cut above the rest.

Awash in the glow of retro multi-colored Christmas lights, the main bar attracts a laid-back clientele of Williamsburg professionals and artists content to watch the tattooed bartenders pull pints, while black-clad folk rockers and hipsters gather around café tables adorned with Chinese print to chat and peruse the signs touting specialty drinks like Dragonfly Punch and snacks.

A narrow brick and checkerboard tiled hallway leads patrons to an intimate lounge featuring a domed ceiling, lacquered wood seats, and a tiny stage occupied by the evening’s live acts, usually no more raucous than an indie rock quartet.

Artistic types will also appreciate the bar’s lecture series, artist residencies, and poetry readings, while trivia nights offer the chance to win free beer and grub.

Slightly off the beaten path and a little quieter than the average Billyburg venue, Pete’s Candy Store provides a sweet respite for bar-crawlers looking for a low-key night out.

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Tip from Jonah:

Pete’s trivia night is no Jeopardy – think less science, more music on the category front. First place is a $25 bar tab, which means free Newcastle all night.

  • Crowd

    Laid-back hipsters, local young professionals, and crunchy artists and musicians, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music in the back room almost every night, as well as monthly residencies. Open mic Sundays 5–8pm, spelling bee every other Monday, trivia Wednesdays 7:30pm. Bi-monthly lecture series and occasional poetry readings.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Grilled ciabatta sandwiches. Happy Hour daily 5–7pm. Outdoor patio open year round.

  • Prices

    No cover charge. Sandwiches $7+. Beer $3+, wine $7+, cocktails $6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual: ironic t-shirts, tight jeans, blouses, skirts, button-downs, leather jackets, vintage garb.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night for good music, or Saturdays for a distinctly livelier scene.

  • Close By

    A few blocks away lies Union Pool (484 Union Avenue), a fantastic Williamsburg live music venue with a non-stop calendar of indie bands.

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