Posted in music | venues on May 3, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

Freddy's last night... (pexy)

"Today is a sad day for a lot of people who live close to Flatbush Ave. Fort Greene, Park Slope and further. In fact for a lot of Brooklyn. It is sad because Freddy's is closing. It's closing because greedy, glutinous rich people think they know what's best for this neighborhood & are erecting some god awful monstrosity that is going to turn this Neighborhood in to a Manhattan-esque commercial nightmare.

The Barclay's Arena.

Freddy's is the bar where so many people have partied in Brooklyn. Some have had too much to drink, have danced way too long and accidentally torn muscles. Some even made out with people because their beer goggles were on super tight. But that's what happens when you're with friends creating memories that last a lifetime. To be honest, the fight to keep Freddy's isn't all about these memories. It's about the rights of the people to live in their homes, drink in their bars, and love their neighborhood.

Unfortunately, we lost the fight to big business and millions of dollars. The organizers say a giant arena is supposed to give back to the city. Some people say that Ratner is a huge philanthropist and that the arena is intended to revitalize the community. I'm going to put my money on the memories to revitalize rather than basketball scores.

We're going to miss you Freddy's. You always knew how to make us feel like old friends." [pexy]

The above letter and picture were posted to Flickr by David Pexton, along with the tags "Freddy's Bar", "Bar", "Ratner", "Jay Z", "Fuck You Jay Z", "Eminent Domain Abuse", and others.

Freddy's Bar & Backroom, the Prospect Heights bar forced out by the Atlantic Yards project, had its final nights on Friday and Saturday. Friday was supposed to be the last hurrah, but the bar was open for business on Saturday too...

Freddy's packed Bar - Saturday, May 1, 2010 (by Tracy Collins)

The decidedly upbeat crowd, crammed into Freddy's to celebrate, commiserate, and pay their respects. They treated to ridiculousness that only happens at Freddy's. Speeches by bartenders professing love for each other and fake marriage proposals, a constant stream of women dancing on the bar, a fire dancer that twirled flaming torches and the frequent "DON-ALD! DON-ALD!" chants, cheering Manager Donald O'Finn, that interrupted its dance friendly music selection were just a few of the highlights.

The patrons, who poured in from all parts of Brooklyn and the rest of the City, spanned every age, neighborhood, and ethnicity danced the night away and purposefully ignored the smoking ban, lighting up cigarettes all night long. The ridiculously hot backroom was somehow even hotter as the sweaty band and patrons rocked. [NY Drinker]

That description is from the bar's Saturday night party. Friday's scene was very much the same (though Friday the fire dancer was outside), with the bar already starting to run out of some of its booze. A band in the back played originals and covers (Dylan, etc.) until around 3:30am when the tired staff cleared everyone out. Saturday had a more varied entertainment lineup.

More pictures from Saturday, like the one above, can be seen at Tracy Collins' Flickr. One more, with the full entertainer list from Saturday night (including Alex Battles and a skimpily dressed Anna Copa Cabana), is below.

Freddy's had planned to move to a new location on Union St and 4th Avenue (about 10 blocks into Park Slope), but NYDrinker (the site quoted above) says that playn has fallen through. Admittedly I did get nervous when I read the bar owner's recent (and still posted), and apparently premature, letter that said, "Currently we are negotiating a new location near Union Street and 4th Avenue. We'll be open as soon as time and paperwork allows, hopefully in about 2 or 3 months."

Some videos of the bar's last night (music, dancing, open flames) are also below...


Freddy's (by O'Finn) more @

The last night at Freddy's,

Santa Gets Angry at Bruce Ratner at Freddy's Bar - Brooklyn

freddys band on last night

Pyrotechnical Artist at Freddy's



Comments (14)

I hated this place and I'm thrilled to see it close. Sure, it's not a Walgreens, but that doesn't mean it didn't suck.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 4:30 PM

Is that a grandma wearing only panties behind the bar?! Nice look.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 4:40 PM

Asshole commenter #1, please let us know where you like to drink? For comparison purposes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:15 PM

The point of it is not whether you liked the bar, but that the corporate aristocracy was given yet another thing it has never deserved. Remember: all pigs are swine, but not all swine are pigs. They take other, more deceitful forms.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:18 PM

Hey, Pexy, quit painting with a broad brush....some of us glutinous, greedy rich folks were opposed to this and liked drinking at Freddy's too.

Posted by Son of Blankfein | May 3, 2010 5:46 PM

It is sad to lose a place that had an automatic filter for assholes like commenter #1. Choke on your micro brew, loser.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 6:10 PM

Lets Go Nets!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 6:22 PM

how can someone really 'hate' freddys? it was just a dumpy was cheap, i saw free bands...good times.

havent been there since maybe 2007...perhaps one of those brooklyn country music fests that alex battles did.


Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 6:25 PM

Eh, just move it down to Hank's. Same shit.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 6:28 PM

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Posted by Jennifer | August 2, 2011 11:13 PM

in my own opinion, when unmanageable, bars will be a total mess and a whole lot of destruction to the society especially that its prone of drunk's after behaviors.
its sad that this one has been closed because of being mismanaged.

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