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The New York Times: ” Perfect Bar. “
Time Out NY: “Perfect Saloon”
L Magazine: “Brooklyn’s most eclectic, smarty-pants & resilient bar.“
Brokelyn Mag: ” One of the best bars in the country… boasts both cult celebrity & a history stretching back to Prohibition.
New York Mag: “ Greatness lies behind these doors.”
Gothamist Best Of: BEST SMALL MUSIC VENUES in NYC. “Freddy’s … a South Brooklyn legend…”
Village Voice NYC Guide: “Freddy’s hosts some of the city’s most original readings and performances.”
Village Voice: BEST OF – BEST BAR VIDEO ART: “Donald O’Finn’s feverishly edited & encyclopedically strange video collages…”
The Wall Street Journal: ” Freddy’s endured as a bar for over seven decades … (now) the inmates are running the asylum.”
Brooklyn Paper: One of Brooklyn’s 200 MOST INFLUENCIAL INSTITUTIONS.
Curbed NY: #1 Moment From (Doc Film) “Battle for Brooklyn.” Freddy’s co-owner Donald O’Finn being a BADASS.
BRAVO TV Night life Guide: “When God created the bar, he named it Freddy’s
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”
Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, a Government & a Millionaire Developer couldn’t close Freddy’s doors: “Freddy’s stays OPEN come Hell or High-water - Literally: “- Brooklyn Vegan:
The N.Y. City’s Tourist Board lists FREDDY’S as a MUST SEE LOCATION
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.”
Busy Night pictured above
NYC.com – Best Literary Bars: “Co-owner Donald O’Finn’s visual art – check out the mesmerizing mix…” “..musicians of all stripes, and…a meeting place for artists.”
WNYC: “(Freddy’s) has a cat that you can’t out-drink, the best fish-tank in NYC. It’s an Amazing Bar.”
AM NY: “ One of the Cities most popular Dive Bars”
The Brooklynite: “Freddy’s is one of the borough’s most vital Cultural Hubs.”
NY Drinker: “..Eclectic art .. trademark energy with their familiar activist-minded crowd & happily dancing bartenders.
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 & the videos will reassess your take on reality.”
Local Bozo: “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.”
— JUST A LITTLE BIT OF OUR HISTORY: —————————
Short Doc by Peg Byron on Fred’s NEAR THE END of the old place!
Trailer from another Documentary “Freddys Bar” http://freddysbar.com/2010/06/01/freddys-bar-documentary/ by Vicente Rodriguez Ortega
Film synopsis from BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL:
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.
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