Posts Tagged ‘Live Music’
Ave. B btw 3rd and 4th St.
Science! What I can only assume is a bar which operates on the sly as Frankenstein’s lab, this quirky spot has a lot of fruit infused vodka Actually, it’s mainly what they have. Lots of vodka slowly mixing with fruit is their specialty, or craft/labor of love…oh, I get it! Anyway, crowd is mixed with young and old, decent sized space, they do have above average beers at only slightly above average prices, along with their vodka concoctions, taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.
My 1000th Manhattan bar!!! Came here on a suggestion and could not have been a better fit for number 1000. Swings in front of the bar, Bulgarian polka band, basically a dive bar, vodka Ice room downstairs…the perfect kind of nuts that I wanted for this achievement. Downsides, don’t bother showing up prior to 10 PM because no one is here. Upsides, it gets really packed with a dancing crowd, you get to wear costumes when you go for the Vodka. Average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Broome St. and Delancey St.
Deceptively small bar that opens up to a dance/live music room in the back. If you want a quitter space to hang with your friends with some pretty good music that is a lot quieter than the rest of the new night scene close by, this might be your spot. Crowd is young, with Hipsters and concertgoers mingling with people who got lost going too far past Delancey. Bar space is tiny, but there is good room in the back. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Essex St. btw Grand and Hester St.
This bar may be in for the running of smallest bar in Manhattan. To top it off, they crammed a performance space into one corner. Probably fits about 15 people in here, you come for the aspiring artists (very loose term), mingle with the hipsters, enjoy the friendly service, and then move along. Honestly, it’s a quiet spot, but avoid the acts.. They only have above average beer and wine, average prices, taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.
Best way to sum this place up is the bar that everyone references when they think Lower East Side bar. That’s really all it has going for it. It also attracts every type of crowd, from Hipsters to B&T’s to your average drinker of any age. Live music in the back, bar gets pretty cramped up front. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Bleeker St. btw Lafayette St. and Bowery
I’m hesitant to write this up because it’s not really a bar, but I went and I’m writing, so there. This is basically a live music venue downstairs and performance space on the main floor. As far as the bar goes, there’s a decent amount of space broken up by lots of stairs, so good luck during a crowded show. Service is good, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Ave. C and 7th St.
Live music place that looks like what someone performing in a basement would play in. It’s basically one open square room, tiny stage, a bar…that’s it. The bartenders need a little help, crowd is young and friends of whatever band happens to be on. Nights turn into a dance party with good music, but would kill the DJ to keep a song on for more than one verse? Average beers at average prices, all bottles, taste fine.
Houston St. and Attorney St.
It’s official, the B&T’s have found the Lower East Side. What could be a pretty cool dive bar with some small band live music has become a meeting place for the aforementioned group before they head to the latest basement club in the surrounding area. That group aside, a good dive bar. Lots of space, friendly service, good tunes, average beers at average prices, taste alright.
32nd St. btw Park and Madison
Brand new venue in Murray Hill that is so close to looking like a TGI Friday’s, but thankfully no blinking street signs on the wall. The venue in back does a good job of cramming you into two floors with pretty good service. The bar area up front is also two floors with possibly the deepest bar I’ve ever seen (doing stretches to grab a pint is never in my plans). A decent amount of room to move around, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 5th and 6th St.
This is a live music venue but there is plenty of bar space in here and also plenty of room to get lost! Usually draws a good crowd on the weekends, full of college age kids and hipsters here to enjoy a show. Not a bad music venue by any means, with lots of space to dance, though don’t you dare make any noise when you leave the place!!! Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. btw 133rd and 134th St.
Really cool bar with an excellent live music space. Lots of room around the bar area, not as much by the stage, and quite possibly the best chicken wings I’ve ever had. Service is good and there’s a great mix of people. Your average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.
Sullivan St. btw Prince and Spring St.
Tiny bar/lounge tucked away in the quite of SoHo. A few seats at the bar, some seating/couches in the back, maybe fits about 30-40 people tops. If you’re here right after work, the crowd is light, but after dinner time, this place is always packed. On a side note, I have no issue with mood-lighting, but the whole red light décor that makes me feel like a pretzel doesn’t do it for me. No taps, bottles taste alright, average prices.
Houston St. btw Ludlow and Essex St.
Live music venue on the Lower East Side. Half of the space (walled off from the stage area) is a bar, tight quarters but thankfully it’s a long bar. The area in back is just a box and a stage, no frills, but not that there should be. Service is good, beers are average prices, taste alright.
Houston St. and Suffolk St.
It looks like a bar, smells like a bar…If this place didn’t have a stage (even though its small), I would say that the 5 bar stools would be filled with people and that would be it as far as occupancy goes. It has plenty of room to stand around, but that’s about it, nothing else really to it, you’re really just here to chat with the bartender or see live music. Good for seeing your friend’s band, nice bartender, average prices for average beers.
Ludlow St. btw Broome and Delancey St.
Big space, a few separate rooms, each having its own purpose: bar, performance space, emptiness. I used the middle for late night dancing. The bar is kind of quiet, with a decent amount of space. Clientele is hipsters, Goth kids one night of the week (you still exist?), and people who wandered south of Delancey and don’t want a club or a posh hole in the wall bar…just a place for a quiet drink really. Average prices for average tasting drinks.
Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.
It’s almost set up as a Broadway Theatre, meaning there’s a gathering place in the front with a decent amount of room (though it can definitely get crowded), but then you get ushered into the concert space once the shows begin. I would say don’t forget your one drink minimum, but they happily remind you so you couldn’t possible forget. It’s a mixed crowd of hipsters, mid-twenties and band supporters, mostly hipsters. More than one bar on the premise (though the front bar gives you the quickest service), average drinks at average prices, and cash only.
Avenue B btw 10th and 11th St.
I’m never a fan of bars where I feel judged by the people already sitting there when I walk in. This normally happens in hipster bars, and this was no different. Two big rooms, the front bar room is sparse with a big standing area; the back has an area for live bands and sitting. Not a bad place, just not my idea of a place to hang. Beers were average prices and tasted average.
14th St. btw Avenue A and Avenue B
I was told I would love this place. That person is no longer allowed outside. Huge place, hipster haven, with a DJ playing 50’s music up front and a live band drumming over it in the back. I normally don’t comment on things like smell of a bar… I overheard there was a fire here (which may not have been true), but I’ve never smelt smoke damage that resembled flatulence or a balloon, though my friend said it smelled like a condom. Anywho, beers were average prices, tasted average to slightly above average, frozen drinks kind of pricey, really nice bartender.
Allen St. btw Houston and Stanton St.
So there are two bars in this live music venue, a small bar in a small room, and a small bar in the large room. Both have bartenders that are on your orders pretty quickly though, beer tastes average and charge average prices. Fun to watch the bans cram onto the tiny stage. That’s it.
Avenue A and 6th St.
This is a prime example of “is this a bar?” Arguments against: they have a big dining area. Arguments for: no one was eating there. Decent sized bar with a big music space in the back. That’s three red checkers to one black…bar. As for criticisms of this “newly declared” bar, if you don’t get a seat to watch the acts, come back later. If you do get a table, keep sneaking beers from the bar as service is slow due to the amount of people in a tight space. But be clever about it as the bartender is a hard ass who won’t serve you if you say you’re sitting in the back. Beers tasted average, average prices, skip the comedy acts.
Bleeker St. btw Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.
Some may argue this is a live venue. If you’ve ever been in here, the live space is possibly the tiniest I’ve ever seen and the bar area is much bigger…so bar. Aside from the lack of space, it’s an older crowd at the bar, the young crowd cramming in behind them, staff is nice, but can be pushy when necessary. Beers taste fine, average prices.
Columbus Ave. and 78th St.
Much better upgrade from its Amsterdam, now closed, location. One negative, stairs to get to the bar, which is practically hidden from street level. I was shocked at how much room is in this place. The place stays pretty lively, it’s one of the few bars on Columbus Ave.. The staff is very friendly, average beers at average prices, definitely would come back in again.
3rd St. btw Thompson and Sullivan St.
This place used to be a dump before Zinc Bar moved in, so I gave it a shot. Now I’m sure this place has the capability to draw a crowd, but it was coming on 8 o’clock and I was still the only one in here, even with a band supposedly going on in an hour. IT’s very polished, definitely geared towards having you pay attention to the stage, and the beers were surprisingly average prices and tasted fine. Friendly bartender too.
Delancey St. btw Clinton and Attorney St.
I guess it depends on what you come for, and that will determine your experience. IF you’re here for a band, there’s a good bar with average drinks at average prices. If you’re here for the bar, average drinks at above average prices (trust me, they took us behind the woodshed with our check). There’s also a rooftop where you can watch cars coming off the Williamsburg Bridge, if that’s your thing.
Houston St. btw Eldridge and Allen St.
Though they have a tiny stage, this is a really a bar that has a small act performing at night, on random nights. If you show up before 7, it’s just you and the 4 or 5 employees who are constantly moving around doing…well, I’m not exactly sure. They had The Godfather on TV with closed captioning, but considering the crap selection on the I-pod, they should’ve turned up the volume on the TV. The pints were average prices, tasted fine, and the place was a little.