Williamsburg’s Public Assembly has shuttered its doors

The popular venue has quietly shut down, and a new drinkery called Black Bear Bar opened up in the same space

The Bunker at Public Assembly

The Bunker at Public Assembly Photograph: Seze Devres

Sad news: Another Williamsburg music venue has closed down. We recently learned that Public Assembly shuttered its doors, though to much less fanfare than 285 Kent—there was no official announcement from the club's owners. However, the space had temporarily shut down last spring for renovations, and its back room closed permanently over the summer. The popular venue hosted local indie bands, burlesque shows and electronic-music parties like the beloved Bunker, which held its last bash at Public Assembly in July (it now happens mostly at Output).

As to what's become of the defunct venue's old space, we're relieved it hasn't turned into a Starbucks or J.Crew, what with the direction that block of North 6th Street is going in. Instead, a new watering hole by the name of the Black Bear Bar quietly opened its doors there in mid-December. Run by Jessica Wertz, the same owner as Lone Wolf in Bushwick and No Name Bar in Williamsburg, it has several vintage motorcycles on display, a pool table and a stage. There's no website, but you can check the spot's Instagram to see what's going on.

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