Blind Barber, Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Have a pastrami taco while you get a haircut

Blind Barber; credit: Vanity Fair

Blind Barber; credit: Vanity Fair

Also, one more reason to make fun of the neighborhood:

Instead of merging an underground bar/club with a couple of barber chairs out front (as they have on the L.E.S.), the Brooklyn shop puts its emphasis on the cuts, fades, shaves, and pomades that gave the company its name. The new space is still dual-purpose, divided between a French-bistro-style coffee-and-sandwich-shop in the front and a spruced-up, well-equipped, though still-macho barbershop in the back. And while the shop’s design and the quality of its offerings are fantastic as always, the scene is defined almost entirely by its employees—a klatch of talented Midwestern-nice hunks who—instead of kicking your ass or mocking your jeans—are exceptionally kind and helpful, providing top-shelf cuts and understated advice to a bizarrely diverse cast of customers.

From their press release:

“When we built the first two Blind Barber locations, we wanted guests to come for a cut and then be able to disappear from their 9-5 in the back for the rest of the night. With Brooklyn, we created a space that customers will also want to visit from the time their day begins,” said Robert Stansell, owner of Emporium Design. [Read more…]

TONIGHT: East Side Social Club’s 5th Anniversary AND You’re INVITED!

We excerpted the important parts for you but you can and should read the touching invite from the party planner below:

1) Free to ALL with RSVP

2) Drink Specials ALL NIGHT: $5 ESSC Cocktail all night and a late night $4 beer!

3) Music by Prince Terrence (Hussle Club), Rok One (Black Russian) and Omri S. Quire (ESSC)

Ladies & gentlemen, dear friends,

I would like to extend an invitation to you: Tonight we will be celebrating the [belated] 5th anniversary of East Side Social Club at our usual Tuesday night stomping ground, The Blind Barber (339 E. 10th Street, Manhattan, NY).

It’s been more than 6 years since I started a Tuesday night party with 4 friends (it was called Private Men’s Club: Women Allowed) at the Black & White. After a year, they went on to be rockstars and music industry moguls. At that point, I laid the foundation for East Side Social Club — originally a celebration of the decades and musical genres of the passed that I felt were being over-looked and forgotten. Some years later, the Man Men and vintage crazes began to kick in and I felt it was time to expand and build on what I started at Black and White and avoid the likelihood of becoming a theme-party.  A little over two years ago, a dear friend and important part in the longevity and success of ESSC, Nicky Digital, told me about a bar that was to open, perfect for the rebranded ESSC, and so we began to write the next chapter with ESSC Tuesdays now at The Blind Barber.  No other choice would have been better.  ESSC is now a bridge from the past to present, crass to class, in style, culture, and band-based music – the juxtaposition of antique, vintage, retro and modernity in one place that is not about following a trend, nor is it about creating a trend, its about the timelessness of the good that comes out from human creativity, where even they over-looked may have a chance to shine.

To celebrate properly, we’ve got some ESSC members and friendlies lending a hand: Behind the deck, we’ve got guest DJ sets by Prince Terrence (Hussle Club) and Rok One (Black Russian/Plant Music), and behind the bottle, and on the couch, will be The Crazy 88s (Love to the Rescue/Shhh… Just Take It), Jer Ah Mi, and Kariem 88.

And as usual, I will also be selecting music, and Nicky Digital will be snapping pictures in the photo-booth and around the bar.

Drink specials include $5 ESSC Cocktail all night and a late night $4 beer.

For more info:

ESSC is an inclusive social club, open to all. Feel free to invite friends: everyone and their mothers are all welcome! (valid ID required, of course)

Looking forward to seeing you who can make it and will catch up with those who cannot at another time…

Omri S. Quire

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While we obviously have a soft spot for Williamsburg, Manhattan isn’t all evil. Case in point: East Side Social Club at Blind Barber!

It’s okay, guys. They had a spotter.

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PHOTOS: Blind Barber reps the East Siiiiiiiiiiide!

This ain’t your grandparents’ social club! Every Tuesday, the East Side Social Club convenes at Blind Barber to boogie away the Tuesday Bluesdays and stay out of the soul-crushing heat…

Exactly .7 seconds later, this popsicle melted into a puddle of dashed hopes and dreams.

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PHOTOS: East Side Social Club @ Blind Barber on September 28, 2010

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