Posted in music | venues on September 30, 2011

Bruar Falls

Sad news:

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.

Our closure is not a victim of Whole Foods' bulldozers, nor did we get
our sound equipment stolen by thieving assholes. Actually, we wish it
was something that dramatic and awful. No, its due to the classic
creative differences issue, plus the fact that we had to maintain a
hard-to-honor midnight curfew; and the simple fact 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. At this point, it is actually way
easier to shut down, save the name for another location, and start anew.

We created Bruar Falls to assist in nurturing the Brooklyn independent
music scene, and help the bands that continually inspire us. We hoped
to serve as a Williamsburg outpost for the bands that enjoyed the NYC
Cake Shop experience in the borough where many of them live. We
wanted a place where fledgling bands played for free to get started
and be seen by their peers before maybe going on to bigger rooms and
more pay. Many larger-stature bands played here to intimate crowds to
help keep everything in perspective. We hold most every band that
played here close to our hearts.

Of course, Cake Shop will continue with your help, we are now better
than ever: we are developing our ongoing filmed-band series,
"Cakeshop Presents" on www.cake-shop.com (which you can check often
for new videos). We will be starting "Cakeshop/Capeshok Presents"
bills at larger area clubs, featuring Cake Shop graduates. Our
partner and us are close to announcing the Cake Shop club experience
to another area of the world (location TBA) in late 2012.

So... Thank you to every single band that ever graced our stage.
Thanks to each and every crowd member who paid for those bands, thanks
to all who sweated through their shirts when the AC was busted. And
huge thanks to the incredible local and touring talent that played for
peanuts all in the name of art, rock & roll, and a good time.

Please support Bruar Falls the entire month of October for our last
CMJ Music Marathon, and crazy Halloween closing-night parties. We
want everyone to take a few last glances at the club, but we really
need your help to get out of debt. Both Nick and Andy have been
working for free to keep Bruar Falls going as long as we could, and we
have many bills that need to be paid so that we can walk away...We
will be offering drink specials and hoping to secure only the best
bands in our final month.

Continue to check www.cake-shop.com, for what we will be up to next.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about upcoming secret shows
and drink deals...and thank you for your endless support for anything we
love enough to attach our name to.

RIP Bruar Falls.

Meanwhile go see a show there while you can!

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Comments (60)

Does this mean that Frankie Rose is unemployed

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 4:16 PM

No Kickstarter!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 4:19 PM

sucks. bruar falls is great

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 4:24 PM

Does this mean that PopJew is unemployed

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 4:28 PM

Total bummer. They pulled in some solid bands and had a shitty house pint for $4 that did the trick. Bowery won. Williamsburg is over.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 4:31 PM

DIY spaces are putting local businesses out of business. Good or bad? Discuss.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 4:35 PM

@4:28 i like where your heads at

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 4:48 PM

last time I went to Bruar Falls I was really disappinted with the ambient nose level from the poser crowd

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 4:48 PM

Does this mean that lo fi era in Brooklyn is officially dead?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 4:58 PM

some loser is paying way too much attention to who works at Bruar Falls

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 5:14 PM

Some loser is paying too much attention to who is paying attention to who works at Bruar Falls.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 5:23 PM

starbucks decided williamsburg needed another coffee shop

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 5:25 PM

Some loser is paying too much attention to who is paying too much attention to who works at Bruar Falls.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 5:28 PM

Some loser is paying attention.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 5:31 PM

Can I pay someone for some attention please? RIP BF.

Posted by kate | September 30, 2011 5:35 PM

I got shut out of Ticketmaster, so I will pay $500 for someone's attention +1.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 5:42 PM

All that trust fund money down the drain.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 5:45 PM

The Cake Shop is the worst venue in NYC---that's the place that should have to shut its doors.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 5:51 PM

Picturing some loser paying attention is giving me a great feeling of peace.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 5:53 PM

Cake Shop is pretty bad. So is Radiohead.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 6:08 PM

Does this mean that Frank Wood is unemployed

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 6:10 PM

sounds great 4:28!

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 6:44 PM

If cake shop is the worst venue what's the best small indie venue? Lit? Delancey? I think theyre doin a good job of getting quality shit in the before mercury hooks on... Bruar was flawed, worst bartenders in america for a DIY indie venue. U could practically visualize their dreams about which Motörhead shirt they were gonna buy at the next hot topic sample sale. Mutants. Andy was smart to walk away. Anyway rip, played here a bunch and always positive experience.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 6:46 PM

Picturing 5.53 at peace picturing some loser paying attention is giving me the weirdest boner right now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 7:05 PM

They're so fishing for people to start a Kickstarter.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 7:19 PM

unemployed some loser attention paying

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 7:19 PM

^^^Brion Gysin in the house y'all!^^^

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 7:32 PM

Note to Self: there are no great bands coming out of Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 7:33 PM

Where will all the hummus go to eat its' own pussy?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 7:53 PM

R.I.P. This is sad.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 8:41 PM

Joke of the week from 4:31. I am sure you meant it that way

"Williamsburg is over"

"It" never started. However, the true Williamsburg - middle-class lifelong residents, Hasidic Jews and Peter Luger - will still be here LONG after all the poseurs are gone.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 8:58 PM

bartenders wer fine . Andy and Nick sunk that ship all by themelves.

Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2011 8:59 PM

8:59 obvious bartender who works at Bruar Falls

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 9:51 PM

good guys lose. RIP :(

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 10:08 PM

D.I.Y. spaces didn't do this place in, that's kind of a cheap parting shot...

the place was flawed.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 10:08 PM

why is the stage at cake show only 1 foot high?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 11:02 PM

Hey I mean i hate my brother too

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 11:26 PM

@8:58 you mean Rosemary's

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 11:48 PM

Where are all the dreamy sound guys gonna go? They should make a calendar!

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2011 1:14 PM

I told that kraut a fucking thousand times that I don't roll on Shabbos.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2011 3:14 PM

So sad. I've had some great times there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2011 3:54 PM

Lcd reunion nov1

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2011 10:26 PM

If you think Cakeshop didn't help make Brooklyn music shit happen, you've probably only been here for a year. Andy is a towering figure in NYC music in the 2000s. Doing what he does is very, very hard, and he's one the best, brightest, and kindest guys to have done it. He also has the best taste in music of anyone I've ever known. So there.

Posted by jed | October 2, 2011 5:18 AM

I think theyre doin a good job of getting quality..

Posted by Maç Oyna | October 2, 2011 7:05 AM

I generally hit up a hummus shop prior to seeing shows at cake shop.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 7:05 AM

Jed, their whole spiel is copied from the Williamsburg DIY scene of the late 90s/early 2000s. No wonder it failed in Williamsburg in 2011. Especially when they can't actually do much besides write Press Releases.

Maybe you just moved here too?

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 10:58 AM

You know most people who live in Brooklyn couldn't care less about this.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 11:07 AM

Not paying the bands = bad music

not deciding on a stage vs. a jukebox + noise curfew = clusterfuck

parting shot at DIY venues = bitter sad shit

by hipsters, for hipsters... so glad you failed.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 12:32 PM

11:07, but uh, the ones who come here in theory care about live music? Given that's what the site's about? But maybe the point of this site is just "Two Minutes Hate" now?

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 12:37 PM

I think Jed has been here awhile 10:58. Bruar was good while it lasted, just doomed by the parties involved, the split clientele and the changing neighborhood / tastes. Cakeshop got in early on Ludlow and still stakes a solid claim - Bruar just arrived with too little, too late. Best of luck to what Andy does next, he tends to always put music over money, for better or for worse - he's a dying breed in the scene.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 2:04 PM

using the word "hipster" in 2011 in any context- please stop it

Posted by jed | October 2, 2011 2:12 PM

yup, been here since 2000, seen this whole thing evolve, devolve, whatever, for whatever it's worth. Andy and Cakeshop have been an important part of it all. I'm not sure what 10:58 is referring to as far as the "spiel" goes, do you mean this press release or something else? Also I don't think any shots were really taken at other venues, I think that was just some brutal honesty slightly for the sake of humor. But such nuances I guess one can't trust everyone to pick up on. ANYWAY.

Posted by jed | October 2, 2011 3:39 PM

"11:07, but uh, the ones who come here in theory care about live music? Given that's what the site's about? But maybe the point of this site is just "Two Minutes Hate" now?"

Haha. Sure. Ignore the obvious.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 4:48 PM

"been here since 2000"

"He also has the best taste in music of anyone I've ever known. So there."

Wait, you moved here when you were 4?

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 4:56 PM

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 12:27 PM

Really never liked this place. the former occupents did this place right...

Posted by TJ | October 4, 2011 5:07 PM

bruar fails

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 11:55 PM

@ 9/30/11 6:46 (Andy) and everyone else that loved Bruar:
I apologize for being the one responsible for the closing of this bar. I just can't help myself when it comes to starting fights with bands that are playing at the bar on my shift, forcing everyone to listen rockabilly 24/7 and daydreaming about my next Hot Topic purchase. Trust me it had nothing to do with the list of reasons you may think have contributed to the closing. Do not blame Andy, he worked very hard at this and I thwarted his every move, after all everyone knows it's the employees that hold all of the power. I now see the error in my ways and take full responsibility.
http://www.cmj.com/news/bruar-falls-struggles-between-income-and-integrity/

Posted by Sean | October 8, 2011 5:00 PM

Wow, I just read an article in CMJ and this post where the owners of this failed bar blame the employees on its downfall. Shame on you for trashing hard working folks. Owners have all the power and should only point fingers at themselves for the ultimate reason of its downfall. Don't believe the self righteous bullshit they were here for the bands. The only real reason people open a bar is to make money, hell thats the point of opening a business and these owners obviously sucked at it. I'm happy a bar like Cake Shop, located in one of the busiest bar districts in the country is doing well, but comparing the location of Bruar and Cake Shop and like comparing assholes to idiots which is what these owners are.

Posted by bruar patron | October 8, 2011 5:51 PM

Oh, *that* explains that bigass tattoo dude. I wondered where he came from.

Posted by joly | October 8, 2011 11:49 PM

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