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KGB Bar

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East Village

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KGB is a vaguely Soviet-themed dive bar attached to the Kraine Theater, and it’s home to its own active literary scene. There are free readings most nights in the cramped but undeniably charming space, which is littered with art and propaganda posters from the fallen Soviet empire. An homage to the historically Ukrainian neighborhood and hidden social clubs for Ukrainian socialists, this is a fun place to talk to literary types about the last book you read. Despite the theme, KGB doesn’t actually stand for that KGB—it’s named Kraine Gallery Bar, after the owner’s old gallery.

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