Best cheap rock venues



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Cake Shop

  • Price band: 1/4

Upstairs, lip-smackin’ coffee and cake. Downstairs, a small but perfectly formed music venue with noisy rock bills and fairy lights.

  1. 152 Ludlow St, (between Rivington and Stanton Sts)
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Mercury Lounge

  • Price band: 1/4

A Lower East Side hot spot with a big bar and a small backroom stage. Expect to be squished if it’s a popular show—but hey, you’ll still have a great view.

  1. 217 E Houston St, (between Essex and Ludlow Sts)
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Union Pool

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Great up-and-coming indie-rock shows, excellent DJs and a sweet (working) photo booth. Beware the hipster crush on weekends, though.

  1. 484 Union Ave, (at Meeker Ave)
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Todd P shows

If you want fun, laid-back, slightly scrappy rock shows from genuinely hot new talent (and who doesn’t?), check promoter Todd Patrick’s website—regularly.

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