Brooklyn >Arts & Entertainment > Zebulon
258 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.716966 -73.963279
Monday To Thursday From 04:00 AM To 03:00 AM Friday To Saturday From 04:00 PM To 04:00 AM Sunday From 04:00 PM To 03:00 AM
Mean staff for nothing – Go on an uncrowded Wednesday evening (meaning empty stools and unused tables) to see your friend's band play while waiting for your other friend (who will buy you a drink on arrival).
Expect the sour waitress to offer you a menu and then talk behind your back for declining it. In minutes, the waitress will boot you off the stool claiming "someone else who might come in will need it." Who said that waiting 5 minutes for a friend to arrive to buy you a drink (or not) wasn't allowed? Also, if your wallet was recently stolen/lost, she won't care since she'll give you a blank, mean expression. Seriously. To me, I take it as her being deaf, dumb and stupid.
Talk to the manager/owner and he'll just tell you this world needs to be a better place. Not exactly what I want to hear after being treated with complete disrespect. I don't need the staff to force feed me their liquor or "drinks". Another friend told me the wine was terrible. Staff acts like high school brats with their fingers in their ears.
This place is completely unprofessional. Never returning.
Great vibe here – Love this place -- very nice vibe, good music.
But filled with "unpretentious brooklynites" -- isn't that a contradiction in terms??? :D
Challenging live music and esoteric wines draw pleasure-seekers to this cozy jazz venue. – Akin to a smoky beatnik bar in Montparnasse, French-owned-and-operated Zebulon offers free experimental live jazz and blues nightly by mind-blowing local musicians and drop-ins by the occasional vagabond. The decor feels fresh with a smattering of old jazz concert posters and album covers. Perch atop a bar stool or sit at a stage-side tables for an unfettered view of the action. On any given night, the room is packed with lively, unpretentious Brooklynites, ranging from young-ish record store geeks to veteran jazz zealots. There is a full bar and healthy range of beers, but opt for a reasonably priced glass or bottle from the extensive French wine list.
MUSICS OF THE WORLD – ZEBULON is the perferct place for experiencing new musics....every night a different band is playing, dragging you to its world, exploring new rythms, creating new perspectives...... A real neighbourhood hang out with a very friendly ambiance and a confortable and authentic setting (you would think it has been here for ages).....I have never been disappointed going to Zebulon, nor my friends because everybody seems to be there for a good reason, listening to great music. I usually check who's playing, for he night, on their website (zebuloncafeconcert) but if I am to lazy for company I just listen to their radio that plays the show live.....
ZEBULON is THE BEST BAR in williamsburg to share tasty snacks, great wines, enchanting FREE music.............
GO AND ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
great place, great music! – Living in the West Village, I had never been to Zebulon before I went for a friends birthday last week. The place has a great vibe with great music, and the staff were very accomodating to us. We had people drinking beer, wine, and mixed drinks, and we experienced none of the service problems others have posted about. Our server was a nice friendly, helpful guy. The appetizers were great, we had the Radish bowl and the Cheese plate, and all was good...I will definitely go back!
Accent on attitude – I joined CitySearch exclusively to write this review. It's my first, and I wish it weren't negative, but, frankly, I don't know a more democratic way of making my voice heard, and I feel that the owner should be held accountable for his behavior. On my first visit, my friend ordered a beer, and the owner/bartender gave him a disapproving frown. My friend was offended and wanted to leave. We discussed the exchange outside, and I told my friend that he was over-reacting. I went again- because, other than the service- I think this place is incredible. Great music, jazzy vibe, warm atmosphere. I'd create the same kind of place, myself. But, when I ordered a drink, the same guy who offended my friend did the same to me. He literally mocked me to the other bartender, whom he later called his brother. He imitated me standing at the bar and pointed at me as he yelled in his brother's ear, trying to over-ride the volume of the band in the background. When he finally approached me, he didn't say anything. He put his head right up to my face, and I actually wondered if he was going to shove me. Instead, he just held his head there, staring at me. I asked if he was taking drink orders, but he didn't understand me. I calmly repeated myself two or three times, but he only walked away, shrugging, palms up, as if trying to understand me were useless. He talked to his brother, who came over to me and said, "Wait until you go to a foreign country and you're misunderstood," as if my issue had to do with their accents, not the owner's mockery. Beyond that, they seemed to think I'd never spoken to someone who has an accent- this from guys who own a bar in Williamsburg. I felt like I was back in college at a fraternity bar. With everything else at this place being so warm, I never expected such a cold attitude from the owner(s). I want to give it another chance, but my girlfriend- who happens to have an accent, herself- has vowed to avoid it.
As if all of the great cities of the world converged at the edge of the universe. – I realize that there could be an infinite number of theories positing an infinite number of centers of the universe. That said, any theory that posited Zebulon as that locus would be off to a pretty good start. The musics of the world meet in a charming little joint, with friendly staff who are, themselves, talented musicians. Baye may be sweeping up your broken glass one minute, then blowing your mind with his talking drum the next. Also, the guacamole is far better than it needs to be.
nice mood... – great place for an late afternoon or early evening drink with friends, especially during the summer months, great lighting, good service and very french :) i enjoy having a glass of ricard (very french anise drink) and a light snack of cheese plate or avacado toast...
music can range from avant-garde jazz, world music and/or williamsburg hipster rock...but, free of charge to dine and listen! don't forget to tip the musicians...they earn solely on our (as customers) tips...
Formidable! – By far the classiest yet most unpretentious joint in Williamsburg, Zebulon offers atmosphere sans attitude. The times when there is no band on set, the music chosen by the bartender is always terrific. The wait staff is always polite and reserved. The bands themselves vary to dizzying degrees: sometimes latin salsa or jazz fusion, sometimes classic jazz, and once a guy played a hoe hooked up to an amp. Eclectic, to say the least. Always interesting, always a good time. Great for dates or to simply read a book. Get there early; impossible to find seating between 10:30 and midnight, and it gets c-rowd-ed when there's a popular band playing.
sour house wine, sour waitress – For a place that claims to be French, their cheeseplate's sad, and their housewine's virtually vinegar... but one can always disregard these factors after a bottle of St.Emillion.
Except, when your waitress chases you down the street because you left 14% tip (cash only and no atm was nowhere close)... I think that's inexcusable (I thought tips usually reflect the quality of service given-yes, I waited tables before!). I If you thought their house wine was sour, wait till you experience their waitress!
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