Gulp fiction: Tarantino-themed bar opens in W’burg

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You know what the funniest thing about the bar is? It’s the little differences.

A new saloon celebrating the films of Quentin Tarantino is set to open in Williamsburg today. The walls of KillBar are drenched in artwork depicting characters created by the bloody filmmaker, including a sketch of Samuel L. Jackson chowing down on a burger from “Pulp Fiction,” Uma Thurman as the Bride in “Kill Bill,” and an oil painting of Jamie Foxx astride a horse in “Django Unchained.” The owner of KillBar, who formerly ran an ’80s-themed bar on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, said that he hopes the cinematic touches will bring in movie fans from across the country.

“We want it to be a destination spot for people coming to Brooklyn who want to have an experience,” said Michael Galkovich, who lives around the corner from his bar.

Galkovich also hopes that the bar’s food and drinks, named after Tarantino’s films, will draw Williamsburg regulars to the spot.

“Without the neighborhood, we won’t survive,” he said.

The menu includes the Kill Bill Burger (but oddly, not a Royale with Cheese), Death Proof Chili, and Hateful Eight Wings, among other staples of pub food.

The cocktails, which run $12–$14, are similarly themed, with a Bloody Bride Mojito made with blood oranges, a Tarantino Iced Tea, and Brooklyn Tap Water, made with Hennessey, Grand Marnier, and champagne.

A $5 milkshake will arrive on the menu soon, said Galkovich, though it probably won’t have bourbon in it or nothin’.

KillBar has a projector that will screen subtitled, silent Tarantino films on a loop. Galkovich said that he will turn the sound on during Monday movie nights, and will host Tarantino trivia on Tuesdays.

The bar owner has not reached out to the man behind his inspiration, but he hopes that he would appreciate the space.

“Hopefully he’ll hear about it, and he’ll respect what we’re doing,” said Galkovich. “It really is an homage to his work, with the art, the food, and the drinks.”

KillBar [82 S. Fourth St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (845) 893–5626,]. Open daily; noon–2 am.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Posted 12:00 am, February 1, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
It's interesting what people can do when they ignore intellectual property rights. Those rights are probably too strong these days anyway.
Feb. 1, 10:13 am
Marc from Walnut Grove Lakes says:
Ignoring intellectual property rights makes it an even truer homage to Tarantino. .
Feb. 3, 12:52 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
It will be gone in 6 months anyway.
Feb. 4, 3:11 pm

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