Teddy's Bar & Grill will celebrate its 25th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of the opening of the original tavern standing at North 8th and Berry Streets with three nights of festivities from Thursday, October 18th to Saturday, October 20th. Originally opened as an outpost of Peter Doelger's Brewery franchise in 1887 and in business as Teddy's Bar & Grill since 1987, the bar is one of few continuously operated Victorian-era taverns in New York City. Having been owned by six different families over the course of the last 125 years, the tavern has survived everything from prohibition to gentrification.
To mark both anniversaries, Teddy's will kick off three nights of partying on Thursday, October 18th at 8:00 PM. Special guests will include Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Brewery Owner Steve Hindy and many other notable Brooklynites, while DJ Strafe (whose "Set It Off" is one of the most sampled songs of all time) spins and the Tim Clement Trio performs. In salute to Teddy's, Brooklyn Brewery will be producing commemorative bottles of Peter Doelger Beer with the old brewery's original label. (Teddy's Bar and Grill was the first venue anywhere to offer Brooklyn Brewery beers on tap). Brooklyn Oenology is bottling a special New York state-grown Cuvée sparkling white wine for the occasion. The commemorative bottles of Peter Doelger Beer and the limited edition wine will be available exclusively at Teddy's.
The celebrations continue on Friday, October 19th at 8:00 PM with SHOT @ TEDDY'S, a popcorn and beer-filled film festival featuring movies and television shows that were filmed at Teddy's, including "King of New York," "P.S. I Love You" and episodes of "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Good Wife." Donations will also be accepted for the construction of the Northside Town Hall Community & Cultural Center.
On Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 pm the tavern presents MET @ TEDDY'S, a thank you party for regular customers, past employees, neighborhood business owners, activists and the cast of characters that keep Teddy's thriving. Saturday night also marks the opening of acclaimed gallery owner Ethan Pettit's WHEN WE WERE ANCIENT: A HISTORY OF THE WILLIAMSBURG SCENE, an exhibit of photos, art, fanzines and posters chronicling the bohemian history of Williamsburg over the past quarter century, and featuring artist Ward Shelley's serigraph print "Williamsburg Timeline" as well as a bold map-painting of the Williamsburg art world by the notorious Loren Munk.
"Along with our customers-the artists, writers, musicians, blue collar workers and activists that fill up Teddy's every night-we have lived through and participated in the astonishing transformation of Williamsburg in the space of a generation," said Felice Kirby, who, along with partners Glenn Kirby and Lee Ornati has owned and operated Teddy's for the last 25 years. "In a word, we were there and we saw it all.And we're so excited to bring it all back to life with three nights of special events."
Teddy's Bar & Grill has served the Northside Williamsburg community since its opening in 1987. One of the few remaining Victorian era taverns in New York City, family-owned Teddy's is today a hub for community activists, writers and artists, while serving full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and hosting live concerts and events throughout the year. For more information please visit www.teddyswilliamsburg.com or https://twitter.com/#!/teddysbng.
Teddy's Bar and Grill celebrates 25 Years in business in 125-Years Old Location on Thursday, October 18th - Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 pm at Teddy's Bar & Grill located on 96 Berry Street at North 8th Street, Brooklyn NY. No admission!