245 23rd St, at Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn
If you are anything like me, you want a nice comfortable place to down a few good pints at a burlesque show after swingin’ on by Aunt Juniper’s grave. Well, even if you don’t know of any corpses to grace with your presence, there is a new reason to visit the far South Slope.
The Living Room Lounge, conveniently located a stone’s throw from Greenwood Cemetery, is a great new addition to an upcoming neighborhood. The eponymous décor is tastefully tacky, bearing some subconscious likeness to the café set on Friends. The spacious interior, a gritty, though extravagantly festooned Valhalla of exposed brick, antique plush couches and an outdoor patio, resembles every Midwesterner’s fantasy loft before he moves east.
Until the crowds start filing in, the bar shows movies. I was treated to Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket. Other amusements include a pool table, dartboard, and monthly art installations (this month belonging to Middlefinger Art), and close to daily entertainment. Tuesdays host karaoke, Wednesdays the Butter-Smooth Music Variety Show, open mics on Thursdays, and Club Night on Fridays. Local bands and DJs make regular appearances throughout the week, usually Friday and Saturday.
But what really packs people into the Living Room is the monthly burlesque show. The “intoxicating” Anita Cookie hosts this popular tease-fest alongside some of the burgeoning burlesque scene’s best dancers and the irresistible musical stylings of Brooklyn’s own Banjorama, whose name is explanation enough.
Between 5 and 9 you can stop by for two for one Pilsner Urquells, and look out for the coming Jack Daniel’s and PBR deal for happy hour. By now the Living Room has done away with the silly drink gimmicks, even the fishbowl shaped pints. No disappointment there. The next Burlesque is on Friday the 14th, but if you miss that one, the next after that is on November 11. That’s Veterans’ Day. What better tribute to those of our nation’s fallen soldiers buried just blocks away than old-fashioned semi-naked dancing women and banjos in a neighborhood that has a nice view of the Statue of Liberty? Ha! Exactly!