Barbès is a bar and performance space located in the South Slope part of Brooklyn.
Barbès is also a neighborhood in northern Paris famous for its discount stores, its large North African population as well as the record stores which helped launch the Rai music explosion of the mid 80's.
Owned and operated by two French musicians and long-time Brooklyn residents, Barbès functions as a neighborhood community center of sorts.
Much like the neighborhood it is named after, Barbès puts the stress on cultural variety, neighborhood conviviality - and bargain hunting , with $6 Ricard and an eclectic music collection which ranges from the Lebanese diva Asmahan to Mexicanbandas, Venezuelan joropos and Romanian brass bands.
The performance space in the intimate back room, hosts regular events, including music, readings and film screenings.