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Esquire Mag: Freddy’s voted one of ESQUIRE’S BEST BARS IN AMERICA.
NY Times: “…Perfect Bar...every detail matters…metaphysical quality..”
Time Out NY: “It’s possible that Freddy’s is as near A PERFECT SALOON EXPERIENCE as you’ll ever encounter.”
WNYC: “It has a cat that you can’t out-drink, it’s got the best fishtank in New York City. It’s an amazing bar.”
Brooklyn Paper: One of Brooklyn’s 200 MOST INFLUENCIAL INSTITUTIONS.
Village Voice: Freddy’s voted “One of the 10 Best Bars in Brooklyn.”
N.Y. Gamble Guide: “One of the 10 Best Dive bars in N.Y.”
New York Mag: “Greatness lies behind these doors.”
Village Voice BEST OF - BEST VIDEO ART IN A BAR: 2001-2008: “Donald O’Finn’sfeverishly edited encyclopedically strange video collages are lively rivers….his editing is so hyper-intuitive that the culture shocks and timewarps gel into a state of half vertigo and half trance…”
Curbed NY: Top 5 Favorite Moments From (Documentary Film) “Battle for Brooklyn.” #1. Freddy’s Bar co-owner Donald O’Finn being a BADASS.
Wall Street Journal: ”The inmates are running the asylum.”
NYC Gothamist: Best Five Barkeeps In NYC. “Donald O’Finn at Freddy’s”
NY Metro Mix: 10 Best Bartenders in NYC. “Donald O’Finn at Freddy’s”
NY Drinker: ”..Eclectic art .. trademark energy with their familiar activist-minded crowd & happily dancing bartenders.”
The Brooklynite: “Freddy’s is one of the borough’s most vital CULTURAL HUBS.”
Village Voice NYC Guide: “Freddy’s hosts some of the city’s most original readings and performances.”
New York Mag: (Best Of) “The great Freddy’s…seems to sizzle with life.”
NY Post: “… the first to turn his local watering hole into something trend-worthy – that honor could go to Donald O’Finn, …”
AV Club: 8 Neighborhood Bars worth leaving your Neighborhood For: (#ONE on the list) “It doesn’t get more Brooklyn than it does at Freddy’s, which is both basic and adorned with pretty much everything you could want in a neighborhood bar. The crowd is communal and social (if you want it to be), the decor is old and decidedly not fussed-over, and that elusive quality known as ‘vibe’ abounds for whatever mysterious reason.”
BRAVO TV Night life Guide: “When God created the bar, he named it Freddy’s.”
National Public Radio: (on Opera night & Freddy’s) “the local watering hole for murderers and tyrants, adulterers and virgins, Don Juans and divas.”
Brooklyn Based: ”funky lamps, vintage wallpaper and plenty of found art objects…you can drink cheap booze while checking out live music, art, or comedy.”
Here is Park Slope: ”Freddy’s has firmly cemented its reputation as one of Brooklyn’s top bars (and a great place to see live music).”
Shecky’s Bar Guide: “This worn-in classic…a delectable dive…best known as a fringe art space.”
Zagat: “loads of atmosphere”…“This place oozes Brooklyn pride.”
Time Out NY: “This is the perfect neighborhood bar.”
GetUnderground.com: “Hip…yet unyuppified”
Knotmag.com: “a Mecca for artists and writers with no stomach for hipster poseurs or overpriced drinks.”
Bavatuesdays.com: “This storied speak easy represents the best combination of dive bar and underground cultural Mecca.”
AM NY: “One of the Cities most popular Dive Bars”
YELP: 5 Stars.“This is the best goddamn bar you will ever need to build a decent buzz – the bartenders take care of you, the tunes are awesome, the bands are better, the ambiance is like a Mae West’s boudoir on acid and the videos will reassess your take on reality.”
Local Bozo: ”like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Freddy’s Bar has returned. In our ever changing and yuppified city, we need places like Freddy’s to thrive. Being original and respected is not easy to come by. Too many of our city’s watering holes and sports bars appear seriously prepackaged and have no soul to them. When I go sit down at a bar for a pint or even a shot, I want to feel like I am at a place…where I can call home.”
BROKELYN: “A Brooklyn staple..back to its fame without missing a beat…come throw back a pint, listen to some music and tell the Barclays Center to go fuck itself.”
— JUST A LITTLE BIT OF OUR HISTORY: —————————
Short Doc by Peg Byron on Fred’s NEAR THE END of the old place!
Trailer for another Documentary “Freddys Bar” http://freddysbar.com/2010/06/01/freddys-bar-documentary/ by Vicente Rodriguez Ortega
Film synopsis from BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL:
Freddy’s Bar & Backroom was a thriving cultural hub situated in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Open since prohibition, the bar featured a unique and colorful history. This documentary chronicles the diverse set of characters in Freddy’s community – the bartenders, the regulars, the artists and the musicians. Through their barside reflections, both hilarious and poignant, we see the true importance of this Brooklyn institution. Beyond the late nights and naked Mondays, Freddy’s was a vital part of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, it also sat in the footprint of a controversial real estate deal that has threatened to radically transform Brooklyn’s character.