225 N 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Daily 4pm-4am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave or Lorimer St.
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Daily 4pm-9pm: $1 off well drinks and draft beer
NY Mag says:
The initials stand for Krystyna and Margaret who made pierogis here before two musicians, Merle Chornuk and Daddo Bogich, acquired the plant. Now walls of Art Deco tin, honeycomb-tiled floors, and retro fans reflect an approach to restoration that’s in keeping with nearby Royal Oak, Daddy’s, and Sweet Ups. What’s novel here isn’t the impeccable period detailing but the beer selection: German Wurtzberger usurps the ubiquitous Stella; Milwaukee’s Best subs in for PBR. On draft, you’ll find brews like La Chouffe, a spicy, citrusy blonde from Brussels while Dale’s Pale Ale asserts its claim as the discerning palate’s canned beer. Bottles of Perla and Tyskie may nod to the old nabe, but in lieu of Polish day laborers parked on the leather bar stools, at the Formica tables or in the tufted leather booths, locals better acquainted with Pieroggi 2000 than the former tenants are lured by a location that’s far enough from the subway to discourage weekend warriors and a soundtrack of obscure indie bands that, like the beer and bourbon selections, yields pleasant discoveries.
The Village Voice says:
TAGS: Bars, Bedford, Dive, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Lorimer, Notable Beer, Open Late, ★★★ Good
I love this bar, because there always seems to be about eight women per every guy,” said a man sitting on a barstool at K&M in Williamsburg. If this supposed disparity of the sexes really exists, we’re not sure. We were too distracted by this former pierogi plant’s tin ceiling, which is embossed with a sleek, art deco pattern, and its decorative white candles, which stretch film noir shadows across sea-green walls, to do a head count. Open windows facing North 7th and Roebling streets make for ample people-watching as well. We lucked out on catching an a capella version of Melissa Etheridge’s “Come to My Window” by a group of slaphappy passersby, while the DJ played ’60s soul indoors. Lounge in the black-leather booths with puffy, button tufts or hang out at the bar and sip on a not-too-bitter Würzburger German pilsner ($5). The rest of the impressive beer menu is an extensive United Nations–lineup of choices from Japan (Hitachino White Ale, $7) Italy (Tapetto Valente lager, $5) and Poland (Tyskie and Lomza, $5 each) among and obscure Belgian and French drafts that would send brew buffs straight to heaven. Whether you’re going with hopes of gaggles of girls or to try an unusual pint, K&M is a neighborhood breath of fresh air among overcrowded weekend spots.