Warsaw (at Polish National Home)

Warsaw

261 Driggs Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
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718.387.0505

Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Tue-Sun 5pm-midnight; Mon, closed
Subway: G to Nassau Ave.
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: None
NY Mag says:

An integral part of the city’s music scene, Warsaw (located inside the Polish National Home, in Williamsburg) has played host to outré newcomers (Le Tigre, the New Pornographers), as well as still-relevant favorites (Patti Smith). It’s a discerning balance that most clubs–with their unsubstantial underground acts or museum-worthy oldies bands–fail to achieve. Warsaw’s high ceilings, good sight lines, and clear sound make the venue one of the city’s premier nightlife destinations–in any borough.

Citysearch says:

Brooklyn’s Polish National Home, a meeting room-cum-performance-space for the neighborhood’s Polish community for nearly 100 years, is leading a double life in the new century. In 2001, Village Underground and former Tramps guru Steve Weitzman convinced the old guard to open the doors to its ornate 800-capacity ballroom (complete with fleur-de-lis plasterwork and framed oil paintings) a few nights a week for music more suited to Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s hipsters, the new breed of Brooklyn immigrants. And Warsaw was born. Monday nights are free, featuring spinners like DJ Cheyney, who pump out old and new wave. More notably, Warsaw is becoming a performance destination for indie-rock icons and up-and-comers, likes Luna, Le Tigre, Cat Power and New Pornographers. At the bar, enjoy a cheap ice-cold draft beer in a plastic cup–or an ample cocktail–while an inter-generational mix of locals shoot the breeze (and pool) in Polish.

Comments

  1. It wasn’t Weitzman who broke the place. It was me. I’m not saying this out of pride (particularly given the sell out its turned into), but just to make a point. I put on a festival there back in ’01 with a bunch of “experimental” music. I’m not sure what you call it; it never really got its own genre name. It was mostly no wave revival, glitch, plunderphonic and some kooky analog beat stuff. Anyway, Weitzman (a businessman) saw a bunch of stuff on the festival in Time Out, the Voice, the Press, the Times, etc., etc. And it was a reasonable success; I say “reasonable” because the festival was cool but I lost a chunk of change on it. So Weitzman saw an opportunity there, and he capitalized on it. Good for him. Even more gentrification, destroying the original flavor of Greenpoint… the exciting community that it was, now populated by hipsters and full of this mainstream music you see listed on the Warsaw site.

    For the record, some of the acts at that festival were:

    Andrew W-K
    Hungry March Band
    Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat
    People Like Us
    DJ Fabio
    Flux Information Sciences
    Speedranch and Jansky
    Matt Wand (of Stock, Hausen & Walkman)
    To Live and Shave in LA
    DJ Otefsu (Foetus)
    Lary Seven
    Pan Sonic
    Pita
    Ed Quist
    Fennesz
    Electroputas

    There must’ve been a few others.

    Anyway, so you can see the difference between what I envisioned and what Warsaw became. But that’s New York! The big money moves in and the little money moves to the next subway stop!

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