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Bowery Ballroom

Music, Music venues Lower East Side
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Bowery Ballroom
Photograph: Laura Gallant

This is probably the best venue in the city for seeing indie bands, either those on their way up or the ones holding their own. Still, the Bowery also manages to bring in a diverse range of artists from home and abroad. Expect a clear view and bright sound from any spot. The spacious downstairs lounge is a great place to relax and socialize between (or during) sets.


Venue name: Bowery Ballroom
Address: 6 Delancey St
New York
Cross street: between Bowery and Chrystie St
Opening hours: Daily 7pm–4am
Transport: Subway: B, D to Grand St; J, Z to Bowery; 6 to Spring St
Price: Cover: $10–$25. Average drink: $4
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  • Rock and indie Saturday October 19 2019 - Sunday October 20 2019

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Bowery is probably one of my favorite venues in the city. Mostly because I've been there so often that I've come to know a lot of the staff pretty well and everyone is super adorbz and nice. It's very close to the grand street station which is just a three stop journey home so thats always cool for those late nights. I also love that they do not mess around at bowery. Theres a system and organization. You stand in a single file, you show id, you show ticket. done. Ah, efficiency!!! I love that the space itself is small but feels so big. I could stand in the back and have a full view of the stage. Not the case at many other venues. Plus the balcony offers a bird's eye view thats quite nice as well. Not too fond of the whole bar in the back, makes for sticky floors and spilled drinks. NOT A FAN. I'd personally have drinking separate than the music like youre here to jam not drink. keep that ish separate. but thats everywhere so i dont hold it against bowery. I always love hearing when a band is coming to town and it's at bowery ballroom.


This is one of the best venues in New York for two reasons. First, it feels like a middle school dance in a church ballroom in a great way. Second, they have consistently great artists. 

If a friend asks if you want to see a show here, it's pretty safe to say yes without doing much research. If you're not floored by the concert the ticket price certainly did not break the bank. If you are, you're likely to meet the band either at the bar or at their merch table. 

I've been able to catch a few shows at the Bowery Ballroom and have yet to be unsatisfied. The acoustics are great and each show draws in its own eclectic mix. For the drinkers, have no fear as there are plenty of bars and friendly bartenders throughout the space. That being said, make sure to check out the the event details before buying tickets as many shows are strictly 21+. Musicheads seeking an intimate venue (with history), look no further than here.

Pictured below, the roomie and I attending Johnnyswim's show. They're totally worth checking out!

Nice space - ok acoustics - fits a large crowd - no place to eat around here and can get crowded