Monday, May 7, 2012

Angels & Kings closed; did anyone notice?


The Pete Wentz-backed bar on 11th Street just east of Avenue A closed several weeks ago ... we didn't actually notice or hear about it until this past Friday...

Via their Facebook page:

Unfortunately, its with great sadness that we announce that Angels & Kings NYC has officially closed for good. We’ve had an amazing run and met so many amazing people on the ride but it was time for a change. If you are in Chicago, LA or Barcelona, check out our other sexy locations and you never know, we could be back in NYC in the near future ;-)

Here's how UrbanDaddy announced the bar's arrival back in April 2007:

Launched in part as a hangout for the members of Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is... and Gym Class Heroes, Angels and Kings — or AK-47, as the kids are calling it — is your chance to sip a cheap bottle of beer and chat up attractive TRL aficionadas.

And here's how Joshua Stein announced the arrival on Gawker.

When emo-troubadour Pete Wentz opened Angels and Kings, a bar in the East Village, our douche canary in our douche mineshaft keeled over and died. First of all, Pete Wentz is going to be there. As he tells Page Six: "Yeah, I'm just gonna be local and drink umbrella drinks." So this isn't your normal dive. According to one of his business partners, this is a dive where "anyone can go and have sex in the bathroom and not get in trouble." So it's located in international waters?


Cops shut the place down briefly in May 2009 for underage drinking... sparking headlines worldwide (seriously).

Eventually the emoness wore off... The bar became the home to Penn State football games last fall...


As for what's next... I recall that, in January, the CB3/SLA OK'd the people behind Keybar on East 13th Street taking over the space and opening a bar-restaurant serving Hungarian food. With DJs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. (You can read the official CB3ese here.)

13 comments:

marc kehoe said...

"check out our other sexy locations"


uh huh.

Anonymous said...

hungarian food. that sounds tasty fine.

James C. Taylor said...

How can a location be "sexy"?

With the Hungarian bookshop on East 12th (near B) how long til we start calling this neighborhood Little Budapest?

Big Brother said...

It's amazing that this amazing place has closed. Perhaps if Pete hung those amazing photos of his amazing junk over the bar even more amazing people would have drank amazing drinks there.

Shawn Chittle said...

Good riddance, SCHMUCKS!

marjorie said...

So jealous I didn't come up with "our douche canary in our douche mineshaft."

Anonymous said...

BYE

evflip said...

No need to miss all the amazing times at AK47. Just pop open a can of PBR and enjoy this clip from Childrens Hospital!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhW0CoA9iLw

"Fall Out Boy called..."

derek said...

this is the saddest thing ever. i have cried over this a lot. angels and kings was my home. i feel like homeless now.

Anonymous said...

Yet another place that comes into the neighborhood for awhile, causes all sorts of noise and distress for neighbors and closes up shop after raking in the big bucks for awhile. That is becoming a pattern in the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Not surprising, move into a gentrified hood, bleed it , move on...being done all over....

Anonymous said...

The money is in selling the liquor license to the next sucker, not in actually having a decent business.

Anonymous said...

while the "emoness" may have worn off, apparently they stayed true to the ideal of "anyone can go and have sex in the bathroom and not get in trouble" when they switched over to airing penn state football games.