And Another One Bites the Dust: D.B.A. Will Close This Weekend

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It seems like only yesterday we found out that Bedford Avenue’s Spike Hill was going to close by the end of this year, and now we have news that yet another Williamsburg spot is set to bite the dust: d.b.a is closing its Brooklyn branch this weekend. The bar announced the news on Facebook yesterday, writing:

We’re very sad to say d.b.a. brooklyn will be closing at the end of the month. It’s a special place for so many special people. Please come out and have a drink before we go!

The Saints face the Steelers @1 Sunday 11/30 so the game party will be on as usual & following we will have a send off (drink the inventory and say goodbye) bash…The facebook page will remain active and we will use it to let everyone know next steps (new location if possible??) or next place to meet as a group for a drink (or a few!)

p.s. – We’re open Thanksgiving @5pm – George will be behind the bar serving up turkey (wild) & cranberry (juice). It’s delicious!

Have a good holiday!
d.b.a. brooklyn crew

There is no other information as to why they’re closing up shop, but, you know, Occam’s Razor and all that, so it’s probably rent issues. Ugh. The East Village location of the bar will remain open, but we highly recommend that you stop by the N. 7th Street spot one last time while you have the chance. It’s not a bad way to spend this Thanksgiving weekend if you’re stuck in New York City.


  1. The reasons for closure are (1) that the liquor licence expires on the 30th, and renewal is being blocked by a former partner who has a gripe. And (2) the landlord wants to kill the bar, preferring to give the building to someone to install an upscale clothing store for over twice the rent we pay. I hope they won’t sell fur as that is against my principles and would be a horrific outcome. As for the bar, the phoenix will rise from the ashes somehow, somewhere, but we don’t have a plan right now as it all came quite suddenly. ~ Alex Hall, cask cellarman at dba Brooklyn.


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