Joe's Pub at the Public Theater

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Joe's Pub (Photograph: Kevin Yatarola)
Photograph: Kevin Yatarola
Joe's Pub (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Joe's Pub (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Probably the city’s premier small spot for sit-down audiences, Joe’s Pub (named for Joseph Papp, the founder of its parent, the Public Theater) brings in impeccable talent of all genres and origins. While some well-established names play here (Gilberto Gil, Ute Lemper), Joe’s also has loaned its stage to up-and-comers (Christina Courtin and the new-to-America Amy Winehouse). A small but solid menu and deep bar selections will seal the deal for you. Just keep an eye on the drink prices.


Venue name: Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
Address: 425 Lafayette St
New York
Cross street: between Astor Pl and E 4th St
Transport: Subway: N, R to 8th St–NYU; 6 to Astor Pl
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  • Musicals Sunday March 25 2018

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This Astor Place venue is a great place to stop in for a concert. It's located in the Public building, which is also home to a niche theater (where Hamilton got it's start). It's intimate but the acoustics are great, and the shows are relatively inexpensive. Unless you come with a big group you'll be seated at a communal table, and the shows have a food and drink minimum. The drinks are good, and the food is tasty but the portions are super small for the price (not surprising for a music venue, but still). Be prepared to rush out at the end of your show, there are performances back to back and they clear the venue pretty quickly. 


Joe's Pub is a super cool venue to catch some great live music. The cozy and intimate setting really make for a unique experience. All the seats are communal, so you even may pick up some new friends next time you are there. Keep in mind there is a twelve dollar food or two drink minimum spend per person. The menu offers a great variety of food such as mini lobster rolls, and fried macaroni and cheese for appetizers, or fish and chips, smoked cauliflower cassoulet, and grilled hanger steak for main course. Joe's Pub is truly a one of a kind place for a fantastic night out.

Great crowd amazing line ups - fantastic acoustics and great size space. Love this place