With a name like Public Assembly, one would expect to come across a gathering of people you see on the train or bus everyday on the way to school. However, once you step inside, the scene is quite the opposite. For those eager to find a place to relax, kick back and enjoy a good show, this venue is the place for you.
Located at 70 North Sixth Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Public Assembly gives a feeling of an off-the-beaten-path dive due to the lack of major streets and avenues surrounding the area. The L train takes you within three blocks of the building, but do not blink or you may stroll right by it.
According to its site, publicassemblynyc.com, the 4,000 square foot venue was built out of an old industrial factory. Its exterior is adorned with a dimly lit sign with the building’s name, but nothing else would reveal the club atmosphere inside. Stepping into the venue, you notice three things: the vast space the bar takes up (about ¼ the length of the area), a stage and a dark seating area in the back with candle-lit tables.
Known for the various live music and off the wall feature shows, Public Assembly attempts to
provide a good time for everyone. Numerous indie bands play on any given night along with performances by the BluRoc Records lineup of Stalley, Ski Beatz and the Senseis, Dynasty Electric and several other rappers. However, what keeps people coming back are the shows such as “Monday Night Burlesque” and “The Bunker” on Friday nights. The burlesque show is an effective crowd-pleaser (imagine the movie Chicago in a club setting). The draw of Public Assembly is its ability to combine an entertainment show with a club/bar.
Although found in a “hipster” area, Public Assembly successfully brings different types of
people into the venue. To dress appropriately, you need to simply be casual. The cover charge for entry into the venue is ten dollars all night, every night. It is open nightly from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on the weekends. The venue’s ambiance serves as a great place for diverse groups and individuals to come and enjoy the shows. For those looking to unwind, a full bar is available. Like most bars you come across in New York City, the drinks are a bit overpriced, but for those who don’t enjoy carrying cash, credit cards are accepted.
If you’re looking for the ideal hangout spot on and the best shows, head to Public Assembly on Mondays, Fridays or Saturdays. The crowds can get a bit overwhelming and seat availability is not always guaranteed. But once the artists come onstage, one hardly notices. A cheap hangout spot with a great atmosphere, Public Assembly is an awesome place to expand your musical intelligence and culture. For more information, check out publicassemblynyc.com.