Recycled! Beloved Trash Bar still rockin’ after threatened closure

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Looks like there’ll be more time before they take out the Trash.

The beloved Williamsburg rock venue Trash Bar, which announced last year that it would close by the end of March, is still open for business and will likely stay that way for at least a couple more months.

Bar owner Aaron Pierce said the closure is on hold as he continues to negotiate with the building’s owner — springing the hope that the music haven could remain in Williamsburg, which has been hemorrhaging music venues for the past couple of years.

“There is always a chance that we will stay here,” he said.

The booking agent at the music venue, dive bar, and occasional church located on Grand Street between Roebling Street and Driggs Avenue announced that it would close in March last December because the building owner was reluctant to renew the club’s lease.

The bar first opened in 2006 and bills itself as “the cheapest place to drink in Williamsbu­rg,” offering a Pabst Blue Ribbon and a whiskey for $5 and Tater Tots to soak up the booze.

A hopeful Pierce says he has booked shows through the summer, but is telling all musicians who want to play there to book at their own risk.

“They understand that there are issues with the Trash Bar,” said Pierce.

The once-booming live music scene in Williamsburg has changed dramatically in the past couple of years, with 285 Kent, Death by Audio, and Glasslands all closing to make way for Vice Media’s expansion, and Spike Hill and Goodbye Blue Monday shuttering suddenly in the fall.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon the interruption.
The first time I ever attended a concert here (my own, actually), there were photos hung all over the left side wall, taking by the "booking lady" at the time. There were photos of ac/dc's Joe Perry, Stash from the L.A. Guns, Deaf Leppard's Eliot Smith...And looking further into this drawings....alas...a picture of none other than your own John Wasserman.
Have a successful weekend, all of you.
John Wasserman
April 3, 2015, 1:07 pm

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