Best Insane Brooklyn Weekend Spot to See Bands (2008)

Rubulad

Every few weekends in the summer, and occasionally at other times of the year, the Williamsburg basement calling itself Rubulad puts on a show, and they don't do it in a small way—it usually involves local and out-of-town bands, weird arty decorations all over the place, DJs, slide shows, costumes, quasi-legal beverages, drone-chants, giant-sized puppet shows, circus performers, cookouts, and a few hundred local hipsters staying up past their bedtime. There's a festive vibe here that's been missing from Brooklyn rock venues since the early-'90s days of Bicycle and Room Temperature. Rubulad's not terribly official, but poke around on Bedford Street and you'll see signs alerting you when something's going on.

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