It’s been a rough summer for the Brooklyn venue scene. Palisades has left a hole in our heart so big that we couldn’t help but dream up some (nightmarish) replacement tenants for the Broadway-Myrtle space. Lucky for the owners of The Acheron– the unofficial home for Brooklyn-made punk and metal that closed last month in a flurry of sweaty thrashing and loud-as-hell sets– they don’t have to see their former digs overtaken by some slick newcomer.
That’s because The Anchored Inn, the venue’s sister bar, stayed right where it always was even after The Acheron closed. As promised, the bar utilized the empty Acheron space next door to spread out, so to speak, and now they’re taking full advantage of the extra space in their west wing.
As of Friday, The Anchored Inn’s adjacent room is open for drinkin’, and while we can’t exactly say that it’s a perfect replacement for the venue we lost, the expansion at least makes for a much more substantial gathering space. It also means that the former venue’s co-owner Bill Dozer (whose wife, Carmen Mello owns the bar along with Adrienne Dowd) is keeping good on his promise to maintain “a place for all the punks to hang out.” (Dozer and his partner at The Acheron, Dan Oestreich, are continuing their partnership with the bar and have plans to start booking shows once again, somewhere down the line, through their own promotion company.)
In the last few weeks, the owners have made some dramatic changes to the old venue space, officially making it a part of The Anchored Inn. If you’ve ever crammed into the latter, before or after shows were happening next door, or anytime during peak hours really, then you know how insanely packed the bar can be– I know I’ve certainly made a dweeb of myself in attempting to windmill punch my way into one of those precious booths. Now, patrons will have a fighting chance at making contact between bum and cushion. Dozer told B+B that the bar’s added 30 more seats.
“Having demo’d the space, we renovated the room to include two pool tables,” he explained. There’s also a pinball machine, presumably because pinball rules.
The space certainly looks like it’s had quite the makeover, however Dozer and his crew rehabbed some of the old materials, so it won’t be completely unrecognizable. “In an effort to maintain the vibe of the old space, we’ve made the tables out of the old bar and out of the stage,” he explained. Two large assortments of The Acheron show posters provide the decor, along with a series of photos from shows in years past. The photos will be occasionally rotated out to keep things fresh.
“We think that now we’ve really got the best punk bar in the city,” Dozer said.
The Anchored Inn is located at 57 Waterbury Street, open daily from noon to 4 am, and will be serving food until 3 am starting in two weeks.