In Solidarity with Ukraine, KGB Bar Boots Russian Booze
Russian kitsch is no longer palatable in the East Village.
KGB Bar, the Russian-themed literary haunt and performance space on East Fourth Street, announced its support for Ukraine in the days-old war with Russia. In other words, swapping booze of the former for that of the latter.
According to owner Denis Woychuk, KGB Bar just stopped selling one of its popular items, Russia’s Baltika Beer, replacing it with the Ukrainian made, Obolon. KGB has also removed nearly three dozen cases of its Russian vodka, instead opting for Khor, Shevkoff, and Ukrainian Heritage, all made in Ukraine.
“Our corporate name is the Kraine Gallery Bar so you know where our sympathy lies,” says Woychuk in a press statement. “We know this is a largely symbolic effort, but we plan to do more, host readings and music events to provide resources to aid the Ukrainians.”