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Barbes: Paris in Park Slope

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Before diving in ramble first about why you should check out live music club Barbes in Brooklyn, I want you to know there is an “accent grave” (as the Baguette-loving say) over the “e” in the name of the bar. I have tried for longer than I should admit to make that happen on my keyboard for you, but it’s not happening and I don’t care what that says about me.

Anyways! So, let’s talk Parisian Cafe-inspired Barbes. It’s probably best-known for its adventurous live calendar, featuring  regulars like melodic latin pysch pop leaders Chicha Libre on Mondays and gypsy/soul/funk brass favorites Slavic Soul Party on Tuesday nights. Shows are high-energy and very much in your grill because of the small space, which is either awesome or terrible depending on how much you like other people. All shows are a $10 suggested donation that goes directly to the band.

If you’d rather hear people talk about music than play it, every first Sunday of the month an author from the 33 1/3 book series delivers an hour of reading, discussion, and music… perfect for sitting under the pressed-tin ceilings, drinking French artist-inspired cocktails and feeling that certain “je ne sais quai.”

Drinks are varied and of average price, with $2 knocked off during the happy hour from 5-6PM Monday-Friday. All in all, Barbes is a pretty great way to spend a lively night in Paris, with or without the right accent.

376 9th Avenue (btn 6th Ave & 7th Ave)
[Park Slope]

Photo Credit: Barbes

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Jill S.

Jill S.

Jill is an Ohio native and Boston University graduate who refuses to stop saying "pop" and wearing her Red Sox gear despite being heckled for doing so since moving to Brooklyn. She's been honing her thrifty ways since doing that silly thing people talk about when they ignore reason to follow their hearts and chose a career in the fulfilling but faltering music industry. She earns her beer money as a publicist and writer, and spends her spare time cooking, biking, and trying to decide if she's ready to get a cat.