Ethyl’s, the funky 1970’s-inspired dance bar and performance space in Williamsburg that closed for renovations, will reopen its doors on Oct. 13. A love letter to the age of glitz and glam at Studio 54 and the rock and roll heart of Max’s Kansas City, Ethyl’s is the brainchild of native New Yorkers Charlie Sub and Brooklyn-born Gerard Renny — a pair with deep roots in the nightlife community.
The newly designed space will feature a bar at the front, dispensing Brooklyn-inspired eats and cocktail creations, as classic 70s films and Studio 54 footage are screened on the two TVs flanking either side. The eats menu will spotlight Banana Spiders — crispy plantains with chimichurri aïoli; the original “Fi’Dolla’ Burger,” made with a quarter-pound Pat LaFrieda blend; a Dirty Water Dog, a Feltman’s hot dog cooked in beer topped with grilled street cart onions and drizzled in spicy mustard; and French Onion Mac & Cheese. Free freshly popped popcorn will be offered nonstop.
Among the cocktails expect to find such groovy sips as the Hot Blooded, concocted with Espolòn silver tequila, blood orange, agave, and jalapeño, and Smoke on the Water: Vida Mezcal, blue curaçao, and fresh lemon.
An additional bar, stage, and dance floor with a giant disco ball hanging overhead can be found in the back room behind a metal chain curtain. There local bands, DJs, and go-go girls will perform live throughout the week.
Ethyl’s, 312 Grand Street (bet. Havemeyer and Roebling Sts.), Brooklyn, 212-300-4132.