Kings County

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Kings County Kings County is a DIY bar in Williamsburg with great Happy Hours, burlesque, and local art. Check in to this dark Brooklyn den at Party Earth. New York United States 40.7055579 -73.9339095
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Kings County - Dive Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review A DIY joint to its core, Kings County is the perfect after-work watering hole for the everyday hipster, as well as a great spot to enjoy multiple Happy Hours, catch an art show, and even watch a little burlesque. Bearded... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    L: Morgan Avenue / Harrison Place

  • Hours:

    Daily 4pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Kings County Review

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Kings County is a DIY bar in Williamsburg with great Happy Hours, burlesque, and local art. Check in to this dark Brooklyn den at Party Earth.

A DIY joint to its core, Kings County is the perfect after-work watering hole for the everyday hipster, as well as a great spot to enjoy multiple Happy Hours, catch an art show, and even watch a little burlesque.

Bearded scene kids and punk rockers pass beneath the iron crown hanging over the otherwise unmarked door, stumbling into a single-room space so dark that they spend some time bumping into the owner’s handmade furniture until their eyes adjust.

Work by local art students hangs on one wall, while another features an all-cap scrawl of the words DIA DE LOS MUERTOS in large white letters. The remaining décor is a hodgepodge of tribal masks, disco balls, and magazine clippings, but the vintage-clad locals are more interested in the cheap beers and bourbon shots and the punk, metal, and oldies blasting from the bartenders’ iPods.

During the week, the bar sees a rolling cast of colorful characters swinging by for nightly drink deals, but come Fridays, the room is filled with the gritty neighborhood crowd intent on pounding shots, rocking out, and wondering why anybody would feel the need to venture into Manhattan.

Weather permitting, smokers pile out to the narrow back patio, while third Saturdays regularly host go-go girls getting freaky atop the bar inside.

Certainly off the average tourist’s beaten path, Kings County’s genuine vibe and local color make it a destination for anyone looking to take a baby step on the wild side.

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Tip from Jonah:

While Kings County is a fun place to party, it’s also a great low-key dive on the weeknights. Stop by for an after-work drink to meet and grouse with some especially hilarious local characters, and swing by on warm nights to take in the twisted local art they usually have in the back patio.

  • Crowd

    Beardos, intelligent punks, blue-collar rockers, vintage chicks, and tattooed professionals, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Bartenders’ iPod playlists stick to punk, rock, and occasional oldies. DJs regularly host dance parties on every other Wednesday. Go-go and burlesque on third Saturdays. Work by local art students and occasional art shows.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food except for the free macaroni and cheese might be provided during DJ parties. Happy Hour daily 4–8pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $2–$6, wine $6–$8, cocktails $5–$9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual/grunge: band t-shirts, ripped jeans, vintage wear, sneakers, thrift store dresses, leather, boots.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week to chill with a bourbon or five, variable Wednesdays for the rotating DJs, third Saturdays for the scantily clad girls on the bar, or Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan Street) is a short walk away and offers another boozy rocker dive atmosphere with regular live music, trivia nights, and vegan-friendly grub.

Kings County User Reviews

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The off-the-train vortex
Chris K. Nov 14, 2012
King's County is deadly because it's so closely situated next to its nearest train station, and it's pretty damn cool. Between the bizarre yet cozy interior, the budget suds, the laid-back rocker staff, and the general sense of Anything Goes that hangs around the place, this dive is the perfect spot to promise yourself you'll just have one before descending into a night of utter depravity and mad laughs. For those in need of a single beer, look around for the nearest abrasive Irish pub. If you want a couple, and a nice set of surroundings to boot, this is the place to live like royalty in exile.
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