About an hour ago, Williamsburg bar and performance space Over the Eight announced on Facebook that it’ll be closing its doors at the end of next month.
“We’ve had a fantastic three and a half year, slinging cheap drinks and treasured times,” the venue wrote. “We’re honored to have hosted some incredible performers in our back room, and appreciate getting to know all of you a little better.”
They remained cryptic on what caused this closure, but it appears to be the typical cause of the demise of affordable and creative spots in gentrifying neighborhoods. “There are a variety of factors that contributed to this decision, but ultimately circumstances beyond our control have forced our hand,” they explain in the Facebook post. The space will still be hosting a variety of events and parties until it no longer can, adding that “New Year’s Eve will be one to remember.”
Over the Eight was a solid place for cheap drinks and Venezuelan street food (they had a partnership with food truck Santa Salsa, which also has a space where the old Rockaway Taco used to be). It was also a welcome home to a wide variety of performance events, usually comedy shows, from more typical stand-up night and open mics to more bizarre and experimental evenings. Comedian Brett Davis, who we recently interviewed, had a weekly show at the space that eventually went on to become his MNN public access show, The Special Without Brett Davis. The recurring show It’s A Guy Thing, now at bigger venue Union Hall, originated at Over the Eight. Many other recurring shows and one-offs have had their home at the Williamsburg spot. Kevin Corrigan hosted a live talk show there, and Colin Quinn workshopped a one-man show. We’ve also frequently listed shows at the venue in our weekly Performance Picks column. I did a show there once, and it was a wonderful experience. It will be sad to see it go.
We’ve reached out to the bar for more information, and will report back accordingly.
Over the Eight is located at 594 Union Ave, Williamsburg.