When, in 2007, the local promoter Bowery Presents found itself in need of a Williamsburg outpost, it gave the former Northsix a face-lift and took over the bookings. The venue is a common stop for rising indie bands that have leveled up to bigger rooms, but even those shows feel intimate in these well laid-out confines.
When it comes to live music venues in NYC, you can expect a particular kind of atmosphere from those in Manhattan. Radio City Music Hall’s resplendent cushioned seating and Terminal 5’s 3,000-person sprawl have their place, but if you have your sights on the best indie rock bands, DIY vibes and a reasonable sightline to the stage, you might want to check out the best places to see live music in Brooklyn. We’ve collected together our favorite digs, from the best venues to see live hip-hop to the most brutal metal bars in NYC.
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