And just like that, Williamsburg loses another live music venue. The latest is Black Bear Bar, which announced of Facebook today that it has closed. Here’s the goodbye message.
BLACK BEAR CLOSED FOR BUSINESS. After many wonderful years being a part of the Brooklyn community, we must unfortunately announce that Black Bear Bar is now closed for business. We thank all those who worked towards and supported our establishment and hope to be able to continue to contribute to this incredible neighborhood. We thank you Brooklyn! #blackbearbar
Black Bear took over the old Galapagos and Public Assembly space in late 2013. Owner Jessica Lee Wertz (also proprietor of No Name in Greenpoint and Lone Wolf in Bushwick) outfitted it with some display motorcycles up front and then a skate bowl that brought in the Max Fish types. During its short run, the bar hosted live music (which got it in trouble for a moment), comedy shows, even Bernie fundraisers. The programming was diverse, and it’s safe to say this was one of the few places in Williamsburg where you could regularly catch live hip-hop (and heck, at this point, live music period).
The closure seems to have been unexpected, as shows had been scheduled through September. We’ve reached out to the venue and will let you know what, if anything, we hear back.