Posted in music | venues on July 3, 2013

Lake Street

A new Midwestern-themed bar, Lake Street, is opening next Tuesday (7/9) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The bar is run by Brooklyn musicians who originally hailed from the Midwest, including Hold Steady drummer Bobby Drake, onetime Freedom Fighters frontman Frank Bevan, Primitive Weapons bassist Eric Odness, and Spoon bassist Rob Pope. A press release about the new bar reads:

Comprised of four Midwesterners and a Northern Irishman, Lake St. brings its low-key anthem to 706 Manhattan Ave. (btwn Norman and Meserole) in the form of a classic Midwestern tavern meets local neighborhood hangout. Wanting to create a bar in Brooklyn that reminded them of the bars they loved growing up in the Midwest the space has a decidedly old bar feel as evidenced by the 80 year old bowling lane bar top and checkerboard floor. The partnership team includes members of indie rock stalwarts Spoon, The Hold Steady, Primitive Weapons, W/O., and pop culture craze boy band, The Wanted. Lake St. offers a full liquor bar, twelve taps of locals, seasonals, favorites, and an array of Midwestern canned and bottled brews. Look for special guest DJ's on selected nights on their website, twitter, and Instagram.
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Comments (90)

There's enough of the fucking midwest in NYC.

Posted by actualnewyorker | July 3, 2013 2:32 PM

If I wanted the fucking midwest I would have stayed there. Idiots

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 2:34 PM

unless there's carpet on the floor, fluorescent lights at full blast and smoking inside, the whole thing is bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 2:36 PM

Isn't Williamsburg/Greenpoint already midwestern? The whole area is full of transient transplants.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 2:37 PM

aka smells like piss and there is a dude asleep in the booth named indian joe.

but srsly, greenpoint needs more bars...

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 2:38 PM

gross.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 2:39 PM

yeah just what we need. More nonsense. Trying to turn NYC into the Midwest. If you like the bars there so much then GO BACK HOME!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 2:50 PM

Will the prices be midwestern like?

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 2:57 PM

"not a single bar on manhattan ave to be seen...until july 9th!"

-their website

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 2:59 PM

I smell bored desperate losers

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:05 PM

wow, a bunch of non bands that no one listens to any more schilling out overpriced lienenkugels!?! sign me up!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:06 PM

I hope they have near beer for those sweaty Sunday mornings

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:07 PM

they'd better have gay-bashing night if they want to retain that midwestern flavor.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:11 PM

I think it's a cool idea and offer them a high-five via the internet.

Why all this hatred for the midwest?

Is it from snobby north-easterners who look down at at anyone outside their elite rich schools or WASPy country-clubs?

Is it from native New Yorkers who have never lived anywhere else and never taken a risk?

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:15 PM

CAN WE PLEASE HAVE BROOKLYN BACK??? PLEASE GIVE US BROOKLYN BACK!!!!!! PLEASE GIVE IT TO US BACK!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:15 PM

3:16: The IRONY of your statement/question is that the WASPS come from the MidWest. not NYC. NYC was mostly ethnically based until all the WASPS from elsewhere decided to jump on the bandwagon and show up here bringing their silliness with them.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:17 PM

3:17 is an elitist wasp who doesn't know the definition of the term "irony"

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:19 PM

TAKE BKLYN BACK! No more artisanal condiment shops! no more beards! No more expensive beer! no more Midwestern bars!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:21 PM

Fucking cornfucks with their SUVs

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:34 PM

I'm a WASP. I'm from NYC. I'm happy that I belong to the one ethnic group that it is totally OK to trash. I hate myself too!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:35 PM

Is Flushing Ave. like the Mason-Dixon line for white assholes? Like their tractors would explode if they went too far South.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:37 PM

Whoever submitted this story I think meant to send it to The Onion.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:45 PM

Everything wrong with the 'new' NYC summed up on one line....


http://gothamist.com/2013/07/03/the_longest_ever_cronut_line_in_the.php

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 3:55 PM

It's names after Lake Street, in Minneapolis, where members of these bands have lived.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 4:17 PM

"Why all this hatred for the midwest?"

If you lived in NYC before Guilani opened up the floodgates, you would understand. NYC pre-midwestern-hipster invasion was a whole lot better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 4:19 PM

This bar will be successful.

Posted by Regular reader | July 3, 2013 4:22 PM

So if it's midwest themed that means NO HUMMUS, right????

Posted by the old NYC | July 3, 2013 4:35 PM

Yo, everyone should just chill out and smoke a doobie. Lake Street gets my two thumbs up.

Posted by Nicky boy | July 3, 2013 4:39 PM

New York City is better than it's ever been, and it only gets better. You don't like it, go back to the Midwest.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 4:40 PM

The was already a better bar with Lakes in the name in Brooklyn. It was called Great Lakes and it was awesome. Not shticky and almost no nods to its midwestern/lake theme except a map and a motorboat engine.
Now it's a goddam wine bar.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 4:42 PM

What Northern Brooklyn needs (and really all of NYC) is more affordable housing for working and middle class families, better schools, and improved public transportation.

What it does not need is another bar. I do not care what band the owners are in (albeit, terribles ones in this case). Seriously, no more bars!!! NO MORE BARS!!

Posted by A Ninny Moose | July 3, 2013 4:50 PM

3:17, darling, WASPs are NOT from the midwest.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 5:07 PM

No more bars.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 5:19 PM

EMOTIONS

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 5:29 PM

Can't wait to see the post when this closes. I bet everyone will be all "what a loss to NYC, will be missed." White people.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 5:46 PM

2:34 and 2:36 FTW

Posted by someone who actually used to live on Lake Street | July 3, 2013 6:05 PM

The chatter is that some grouchy old man named Jay Gatsby was the first customer...threw a bunch of shirts on the bar and screamed "I've been waiting 88 years! What took ya!"

Posted by Schlitzky McGunderson | July 3, 2013 6:31 PM

I for one think you "natives" should be more grateful people might want to come into your world and enlighten you on things as simple as geography and maybe as complicated as being "nice." Otherwise, you might end up like the idiot "natives" I worked with in Queens who saw no reason to EVER leave NY, had never heard of Minnesota, insisted that I must have meant Michigan (they weren't sure they had heard of that either), and then insisted that Michigan is in Canada.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 6:44 PM

when this place closes they'll need to rename it 'Detroit'

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 9:26 PM

Lake Street Dive should have their attorneys look into this.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 9:41 PM

this lineup will one day share a tribute concert, after the tragic age of when-the-fuck-ever

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 11:17 PM

Omg you Guys, I Am Writing Here From Inside The Bar NOW. There R No CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTES, ATM Broken, Cash OnlY, Couples Who Can Afford A Babysitter To Go Out For The Night onlyy, $4Beers, Rock N Roll Music!!!I

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 12:09 AM

450 What does one thing have to do with another? Don't go to bars if you don't like them. There are a lot of unhappy people who post on here.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 1:25 AM

6:44, now that there are smart phones, how do these people you mention maintain their deliberate ignorance? I find it endearing, in an as-long-as-its-contained-separate-from-everything sort of way. You know, like how in Mexico you can purchase a live human being, to do whatever you want with. Wealthy tourist Americans love that, but it would never catch on hear.

Posted by n kraviz white knight | July 4, 2013 1:40 AM

Say what you want about the Midwest, people from the MIdwest, people from Queens, white people, people, bars, Brooklyn bars, Brooklyn, old Brooklyn, new Brooklyn, Brooklyn gentrification, gentrification, and how terrible Leinenkugels is (it really is), but don't mess around with Spoon. SPOON OWN YOUR HUMMUS-EATIN' FACE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 2:07 AM



gay



.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 2:10 AM

^ Whoa, Die Hipster dude sure has been busy commenting here, hasn't he?

So sad.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 2:32 AM

wow a lot of haters

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 3:49 AM

Say what you want about the Midwest, people from the MIdwest, people from Queens, white people, people, bars, Brooklyn bars, Brooklyn, old Brooklyn, new Brooklyn, Brooklyn gentrification, gentrification, and how terrible Leinenkugels is (it really is), but don't mess around with The Nuge. THE NUGE OWNs YOUR HUMMUS-EATIN' FACE!
Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 1977 2:07 AM

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 5:13 AM

Say what you want about the Midwest, people from the MIdwest, people from Queens, white people, people, bars, Brooklyn bars, Brooklyn, old Brooklyn, new Brooklyn, Brooklyn gentrification, gentrification, and how terrible Leinenkugels is (it really is), but don't mess around with The Nuge. THE NUGE OWNS YOUR HUMMUS-EATIN' FACE!
Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 1977 2:07 AM
Posted by Anonymous | USA, 2013 5:13 AM

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 5:15 AM

Lake Trout gave me the shits for two days!

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 5:16 AM

Say what you want about the Midwest, people from the MIdwest, people from Queens, white people, people, bars, Brooklyn bars, Brooklyn, old Brooklyn, new Brooklyn, Brooklyn gentrification, gentrification, and how terrible Leinenkugels is (it really is), but don't mess around with The Nuge. THE NUGE OWNS YOUR HUMMUS-EATIN' FACE!
Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 1977 2:07 AM
Posted by Anonymous | USA, 2013 5:13 AM

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 5:19 AM

Independence day.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 5:24 AM

Thank you for these comments. Now I will choose not o move to New York City. These comments were very helpful in my decision. Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 5:44 AM

i find it most impressive that bv commenters are able to maintain such exceptional quality year in and year out. you'd think the bratty 14-year olds would find something better to do in time, but the hilarity just keeps on coming. Bravo.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 11:01 AM

Yo no-oh give-oh fuck-o.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 1:03 PM

Here's the deal. New York is just too cool for anyone who wasn't here before 1979. Give up now people. Baby boomers were the last of the true cool.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 2:21 PM

Trucker hats, flanel shirts, overgrown beards must go. Mexicans,
Guats, PR's. ditto. esp PR's. Chinks, Dot heads, and non violent blacks can stay. Now where getting somewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 4:55 PM

At least there are bars opening in Brooklyn. I live in upper east side of manhattan and there isn't shit to do or places to get drunk. I would kill to have a bar Ike this nearby.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 11:34 PM

3:15 - you gotta TAKE it back. by any means necessary.

brooklyn isn't brooklyn anymore. it's bum-fuck iowa.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2013 7:28 AM

Maybe we can arrange a bus excursion to Lake Street in Gravesend...
Oh, & thanks for the shout-out to Great Lakes (rip). Met my wife there almost 15 years ago, & I'm a Brooklyn native (born in Brownsville).

Posted by Wallis | July 5, 2013 8:54 AM

1:25 AM: I criticize the additional bars coming into North Brooklyn, not because I don't like them, but becaue I feel there is more that could be added in the area to benefit the people overall. Also, there are seriously way to many bars in the neighborhood already. You can argue "give the people what they want" until you are blue in the face for all I care, but I don't see the community benefit...

Posted by A Ninny Moose | July 5, 2013 9:58 AM

“It’s definitely not a sports bar,” said Bevan, “but we will curate [games] a little bit so that it represents where we’re from.” -Frank Bevan


'Curate' games smh. I hate this place for that alone. 'Curate' games.... what an asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2013 10:30 AM

To give it that authentic Mid-west meets Brooklyn vibe they should get a couple of bums from Mccarren Park to *curate* shows and events.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2013 11:30 AM

They should 'curate' themselves a greyhound out of town.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2013 12:33 PM

I don't care at all that their from the Midwest or whatever. But anyone who says they are going to 'curate' sports games on TV is a first class douchebag. I'll never go there because the thought of giving that creep even one penny of my money makes me queasy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2013 12:50 PM

6:44- as Queens is the most ethnically diverse location in the country, I call bullshit on your story.They don't tend to be that xenophobic (maybe Howard Beach). You should have picked another area.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2013 1:12 PM

1:12 is butthurt.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2013 8:11 PM

can't you all just go to the liquor store

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2013 8:44 PM

I went to liquor store tonight and *curated* a bottle of Stoli. I'm obviously an important cultural trend setter.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2013 3:07 AM

Agreed with several posters above that "curating" TV sports is completely insufferable.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2013 1:06 PM

Time to bring Prohibition back.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2013 2:03 PM

I love that this place is doing so well already. You guys should come out of your parents' basement and check it out when you turn 21 in 7 years.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2013 11:26 PM

You should thank your parents for not aborting you. Hey, everyone makes mistakes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2013 2:23 AM

http://apps.startribune.com/blogs/user_images/jahna_1371523891_holdsteady.jpg

Who would want these nerds 'curate' anything other than a Hot Pockets menu?

What a bunch of ugly creeps.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2013 9:45 AM

Cum on in...

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2013 11:33 AM

fat sarah will go here bc she loooooves spoon

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2013 2:16 PM

For people who think Matchless is a cool bar.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2013 3:57 PM

All you guys kinda suck... Haja I've been there and it's a cool spot owned by peeps that have worked like crazy to open the space up- If you don't own a bar or have aspirations to do anything with your lives but talk shit.. Kill yourself- because really man.. Shut the fuck up already.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2013 3:59 PM

^yeah, my deepest aspiration is to one day own a bar with four partners. Than it will be easy street from there on out.


hahaha.

and fuck these dorks and their curating sports games pretentious bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2013 4:10 PM

The D-bag set is gonna love this place!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2013 5:33 PM

This is a very bassist heavy establishment.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 10:36 AM

what happened to Lakeside Lounge?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 12:41 PM

i'll go here if the dude from spoon will fuck me with a hot dog

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2013 8:01 AM

Isn't the Original Sin of the Douchebag hating on a music blog?

And judging from this rag tag ownership group not a Trust Fund had a withdrawal...so maybe...just maybe, that American Dream is being built right in your "precious" Brooklyn while you choke on your snark.

Posted by Schlitzky McGunderson | July 10, 2013 6:57 PM

This bar is full of nice people that like to drink beer and hang out. IS THAT SO WRONG?!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2013 4:04 AM

AUGUST UPDATE: this bar continues to suck

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2013 11:27 AM

I ended up here one night during the World Series and a guy was really amped about the Cardinals so I asked somebody if this bar attracted midwesterners and he was like yeah it's midwest themed. I didn't see anything about it that really made me think midwest though. O

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 6:47 PM

Triple wow! This group is amazing. How am I just hearing about them? Does anyone know if they are performing on the east coast?

Posted by Aniyah | May 26, 2014 8:02 AM

I am SUCH a massive fan of the Hold Steady. The lyrics are tight and the stories are this interwoven, sprawling narrative over several albums. I. Love. Their. Music.

Posted by Torri | October 6, 2014 3:26 PM

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