Best cheap rock venues

Glasslands Gallery

Cutting-edge music bills rule at this bighearted Williamsburg space, where you’re encouraged to make art during shows.

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Williamsburg

Cake Shop

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

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Lower East Side

Mercury Lounge

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.

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Lower East Side

Union Pool

Critics' pick

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

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Williamsburg

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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