Arlene’s Grocery

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Lower East Side
Arlene’s Grocery was one of the earliest rock-music venues south of East Houston, and it remains a hallowed hall of head-banging. Er, make that hallowed hole. Downstairs from the main bar is the room where bands rock out all week long; you’ll need a liberal definitions of “loud” and “personal space” down there. Some impressive folks have taken the mike—Jeff Buckley, the Strokes, Vanessa Carlton and Beth Orton. Monthly events range from All-Ages Afternoon to Triple 666 Sunday, which is billed as “a night of debauchery.”
Venue name: Arlene’s Grocery
Contact:
Address: 95 Stanton St
New York

Cross street: between Ludlow and Orchard Sts
Opening hours: Daily noon–4am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Cover: $5 and up. Average drink: $5. Cash only
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Lindsey W
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I really do love this place - it's super chill and laid back, never too crowded, I can always find a seat and the drinks are cheap. Sometimes the music gets a little loud but it's nothing unbearable. They have a $6 rum punch (among other specials) and it only takes 1-2 to really get my night started. They have shows in the basement almost every night I think? but I've never been. Overall it's a super chill, dive, punk rock bar, and I love it.