My friend Jane drove us in her PT Cruiser out to Red Hook, to Sunny’s, to hear the rising band 79.5 (named after a Brooklyn FM radio station frequency). She’s a big fan, and a few weeks later they played in her loft for us, and to a fascinating crowd of kids from Brooklyn, Queens and elsewhere. A few weeks after that, I read about the band in the New York Times, and now that they’ve played the Bowery Ballroom, it’s likely everyone has heard of them.
Well, the kind of foresight it takes to spot and hire bands with their talent is, I guess, something someone at Sunny’s has. Promoting good bands and cheap beer attracts a crowd.
Sunny’s is way out there in Red Hook which means that if you don’t take a car service, you’ll have to get off the subway at its highest point — 90 feet, the Smith/9th Street station — then walk for 20 minutes toward the East River. But you’ll get a good return on your time and energy, because they close at 04:00 on the key nights (Wed, Thu, Fri).
It’s neither insulting nor promotive to label it a dive bar; it’s also referred to as a saloon, and it has the predictable fare, but it’s ‘hot’ and it’s in Redhook, which is also ‘hot’, so there’s that.
Even the NYTimes wrote about it.