Inside the new Freddy’s Bar!

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It was almost like Freddy’s.

The Prohibition-era tavern that was torn down last year to make room for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project reopened in a new space in the South Slope on Thursday night, one day before the public grand opening.

Friends of the doomed bar, which lost its battle against the use of eminent domain, flocked to former bartender Donald O’Finn’s new joint near 17th Street — about two miles away from the old haunt, yet seemingly so close.

This version of Freddy’s has the same bar, a lot of the same barflies, and O’Finn’s wacky video loops. He’s now a co-owner.

The bar is still ringed with the thick metal chain to which customers intended to lock themselves in the event that the fight to stay at the original location at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Dean Street became violent.

It never came to that, of course. Owner Frank Yost accepted a buyout and the building was torn down late last year.

Christening the new venue were longtime fans, including Atlantic Yards activist Steve de Seve; and country music legend Andy Friedman, who spent many a night playing in Freddy’s Backroom (and singing a song about the bar’s demise).

“The original was great, but I’m looking forward to coming here and playing a lot,” said Friedman.

The official opening is tonight.

Freddy’s Bar [627 Fifth Ave. between 17th and 18th streets in Park Slope, (718) 768-8131].

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Reader Feedback

Publius from Bklyn says:
A plethora of beards. Such a bad look.
Feb. 4, 2011, 12:35 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I say give Donald O'Finn a big hand for staying at the original location for a long time before actually selling out. That place was a major center for the fight against the Atlantic Yards. Just like Daniel Goldstien, O'Finn was no sellout to this. He should be thanked and not condemned for his stance in the fight. I wouldn't be surprised if he is still fighting this right now as Goldstien is currently.
Feb. 4, 2011, 11:07 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Time for Freddy's to update the website.
Feb. 4, 2011, 12:21 pm
Dave from Clinton Hill says:
It was a great place, I wish them best of luck in their new location.
Feb. 4, 2011, 1:06 pm
Martin from P. Heights says:
Hey Publius, it isn't as bad a look as that merkin you're wearing.
Feb. 4, 2011, 4:59 pm

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