02/22/17 12:54pm

The Levee is one of the last true old (as in, from 10 years ago) bars left in Williamsburg, where you can still get piss drunk on cheap beer at 1pm on a Tuesday while sitting on a cigarette-covered picnic table as a guy with ratty metal hair digs around in a vat of communal cheese balls to provide you with a non-nutritious but free bar meal of cheese dust with a Twizzler chaser. You know, the good ol’ days of the recession before any of us had jobs.

Anyway, the bar we check on every week out of fear it’s finally being turned into an M&M Store/Lexus dealership mega complex is still holding strong, and is still at it with the great street art. The bar just unveiled a new mural yesterday (above) on its North 3rd Street-facing side created by Damien Mitchell. It shows a winking Vladimir Putin taking off his Trump mask, which is to date the worst cosplay to wear to a party. Not even in your most strung out nights in the old Kokie’s days would you imagine a world where this art would be necessary in 2017.  (more…)

10/25/15 5:32pm
The Levee SNL "Standoff"

Via The Levee on Facebook

Proving once again that Williamsburg is becoming more like midtown by the day, last weekend’s episode of SNL gave a cameo to long-standing favorite north Brooklyn dive The Levee. It appears briefly in the opening shot of a wholly unfunny sketch starring chivalrous boyfriend Taran Killam confronting cat-caller Tracy Morgan on behalf of Brooklyn’s own Sasheer Zamata.

The clip isn’t embeddable, so watch the video here, via NBC. Like much of Williamsburg today, the sketch is disappointing.  (more…)

05/23/13 8:19am
Still alive! But... via Facebook

Still alive! But… via Facebook

Last night, the Brooklyn Twittersphere was all aflutter after reports from Eater that The Levee was the latest Williamsburg institution to pack up and leave. Fortunately, that turned out not to be true, and we were spared 14,000 nostalgia pieces about “the old Williamsburg.” Still, the statement from The Levee’s owners left some room to worry. (more…)