With the rise of clubs like Webster Hall and Gramercy Theater, Irving Plaza has lost its monopoly on concerts by midsize touring bands. What to do? Rename itself! But nobody actually called the club Fillmore New York, so the name reverted to its original form. By any name, it’s a great place to see niche-y vets (Television, GWAR) and buzzy newcomers like Meghan Trainor on their way up to larger spaces. And from the parlor-lit lounge downstairs to the shadowy corners of the balconies, this pleasantly worn old ballroom whispers of New York’s rock past.
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This is my favorite concert venue in NYC. Some rooms just have "that sound" you know? Perfect acoustics, not too big and not too small, and the drinks aren't insanely priced. I've seen so many shows here from Bill Nye to Wavves. Can't go wrong in seeing a show here.
Irving Plaza is in a super great location. Yes I'm starting with location because being two blocks away from major trains is a major attraction and part of the appeal. I have spent many a late night at this venue meeting and seeing bands so being able to scurry to the train before it becomes jank and not run at all is vital. The actual venue is alright. The space is medium sized compared to other venues, with a balcony that is usually only for VIP guests so that stinks but it is what it is. I will say, if I ever see that Irving Plaza is sold out, I never go to the show. I HATE sold out Irving Plaza shows. Unlike other venues, if you're in the back, you can't see squat! I'm on my tip toes and that doesnt help either. The balcony part is too low where if you try to go in the back and get a full view the balcony hangs so low that it obstructs your view. LAME. They should probably fix that. Also, merch area is right outside and its not really a great location because security is always ushering people out and theres like 2 feet between the table and the doors so it gets packed quick. Not a great spot. That should probably be fixed too
Agreed with Evelyn, below. The acoustics are excellent, no matter the type of artist/band performing. It's also a great spot to check out on Sunday's when you can typically find Hillsong NYC from 10am - 8pm. Check it out, any day of the week. There's also something cool happening at Irving Plaza.
. "Dobry wieczór" (Good Evening in Polish) is what you may have said visiting this location in the late 40's, as it was a Polish-American community center. Pope John Paul II visited this location in 1976. Flash forward to 1978 where it became a rock club and since has hosted an incredibly diverse amount of musicians. I saw two shows there in two weeks. One was Pat Benatar and the other was Lamb of God. A small venue with the stage on the 2nd floor, you can tell by the architecture that the building has been there for some time. Though you can fit about 1000 people inside, the shows are quite intimate. Grab a 24 ounce beer from the bar downstairs, why make 2 trips, and then head upstairs and enjoy. If you're lucky enough, or provide a "donation" to the bouncer, you may get to sit in the coveted 3rd floor balcony.