(Photos courtesy of Tilt)

(Photos courtesy of Tilt)

Believe it or not, it’s been nearly three years since we broke news that legendary dive Lit Lounge would make a comeback, of sorts, underneath the McKibbin Lofts in East Williamsburg. A lot has happened since then (for one thing, Lit’s old home in the East Village is now The Cock) but it looks like it’s actually, finally happening. The new place hosts its grand-opening party this Friday. It doesn’t have the same name, but it is called Tilt, which is how you’d spell Lit after a long night at Lit.

image4To open this one, Lit’s co-owners Erik Foss and David Schwartz teamed up with the proprietor of another bygone dive, Aaron Pierce of Trash Bar. Foss tells us that the space consists of two “very cozy” rooms that have an “antique shop feel” thanks to “old barn wood, some found objects,” “warm earth tones,” and some art installations (Foss, you’ll recall, is an artist who also ran Fuse Gallery behind Lit). Items from his old collection of concert fliers are plastered on the walls of the stairwell.


Asked if this will be a proper cocktail bar or a dive a la Lit, Foss told us it’ll be a little of both. A small food menu will be offered upstairs at the storefront cafe (it opened as Currant Cafe in March of 2014), which will morph into a bar at night. Among the cocktails is a rum punch by the name of “Punch Trump”– presumably the antidote to Trump’s Billionaire Martini.

A calendar will soon be added to Tilt’s website, but in the meantime the DJ lineup will include Ty Sunderland on Fridays, David John Sokolowski on Saturdays, and sets by Grier Newlin, Haruka Salt (both of one will be at the opening party), Motley Lou, Kimyon, Annie Rush, Dennis Kane, Levi Zolman, DJ Acacia, DJ Daggerscars, Sean Krames, Chris Carr, Will Buck and friends, Post Jules, and Katie Rex.

Though it’s being described as an “artspace” for “performance and everything that is New,” the room is smaller than Lit was. As a result, there won’t be live music for now. But Foss says “it’s all a work and progress” and that could change. “We will figure that out as we go.”

Oh, and to answer your question, this is what the bathrooms look like:

Tilt Bar, 248 McKibbin St., bet. Bushwick Ave. and White St., East Williamsburg.

Editor’s Note: The original version of this post was revised because one of the partners mentioned is no longer involved.