Could Downtown Brooklyn be the new destination for catching live music? And not just at Barclays? Hot on the heels of the reincarnated Hank’s Saloon bringing foot-stomping jams to the space above Hill Country Food Park, the nearby DeKalb Market Hall is also adding live music to its numerous food options, by opening up a performance venue with a cocktail bar attached. DeKalb Stage opens this weekend.
The 7,500-square-foot, 300-person venue, located across from food stalls like Likkle More Jerk and Chicks Isan, will launch Saturday with an installment of Soul Summit, the long-running house-music parties that turn Fort Greene Park into an outdoor disco every summer. Soul Summit’s DJs also regularly bring crowds to parties like PS1’s Warm-Up and Mister Sunday at Nowadays.
Other upcoming events include a Sound Off™ Silent Disco next Saturday, a weekly trivia series from Geeks Who Drink, and bingo. Yes, bingo. But not the musty, dusty kind you’d find at the Fifth Avenue Bingo Hall, nearby in Park Slope. This bingo will be hosted by Michael Stauffer. He produced bingo at The Standard High Line, a notoriously turnt affair involving dance contests and games like “ball karaoke,” wherein the singer (Cameron Diaz, that one time) has to replace one of the song’s words with “ball.”
Toward the back of Dekalb Stage, you’ll find a door that leads to Understudy, the “speakeasy-inspired” cocktail bar that’s also set to officially open this Saturday. (No, the password isn’t “ball.” In fact, there isn’t a password. Just walk in.) The slick-looking bar is open till midnight early in the week and until 2am Thursday through Sunday. It’ll serve cheese and meat boards from Belle Cheese and a rotating snack menu courtesy of DeKalb Market Hall’s other vendors, which, you’ll recall, include outposts of Katz’s and Bunker. Here’s a look at some of the cocktails:
- Upstage: whiskey, hibiscus, egg white, fresh lemon & lime juice, bitters
- Stage Left: Mezcal, maple, fresh lime juice
- All About Eve: tequila, lavender, fresh lime juice & sea salt
- Drama Queen: citrus rum, limoncello, fresh lime juice, grapefruit, tangerine & orange juice, sweet dried citrus zest
- The Ensemble: dark rum, anejo tequila, vodka, velvet falernum, mango, pineapple, and homemade grenadine