Bruar Falls will close on Nov. 1. Major bummer. Per an email press release:
It is with great sadness and a touch of disappointment that Nick and
Andy Bodor from Cake Shop are announcing the closing of Bruar Falls,
our sister venue in Williamsburg.
After two and a half quick years, Bruar Falls will cease to exist on
November 1st 2011. We opened with nothing but optimism and
excitement, after designing and building our ideal combination of a
local jukebox bar with a stage to showcase all the great bands coming
out of Brooklyn. It was soon apparent to us, however, that people in
Williamsburg have lots of other options to see bands. We love and are
inspired by these places, but really, between loft/warehouse parties
and D.I.Y spots, where you can bring in your own cheap beer, smoke
inside and hit on the same people…we totally understand why it’s hard
to spend money at your local legit small club. It is difficult not to
be a bit jealous of their freedom, but we have always worked hard to
be in for the long haul.
They go on to say that the closing is not a result of “Whole Foods’ bulldozers” or “thieving assholes,” but rather that “if you can’t bring in enough money to pay your bills (no matter how low your rent is), you can not stay in business.” Sad, but true.
I’ve been to Bruar Falls a few times in the last year, most memorably the time I saw my friend Sam Locke-Ward on tour with the great Joe Jack Talcum. R. Stevie Moore opened, and it was one of the best shows I’ve seen in New York since moving here.
In the meantime, you have precisely one month to go see shows at the Williamsburg venue and support the artists scheduled to play there. Let’s not make this any harder than it has to be. I’d hate to see shows get canceled out of lack of support in advance of Nov. 1.
Photo of Acrylics by Victoria Jacob, taken from the venue’s Myspace page
Byrds of Paradise
Miracles of Modern Science
My Teenage Stride
Pillars and Tongues
The House Floor
The Poison Control Center