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Rockwood Music Hall

Music, Music venues Lower East Side
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Lucius performs at Rockwood Music Hall for CMJ Music Marathon
Photograph: Marielle Solan Lucius performs at Rockwood Music Hall for CMJ Music Marathon

This LES haunt started as a tiny, cramped storefront space and has expanded into a multistage downtown fixture. Rockwood books an endless parade of aspirants, some of whom (such Chris Thile, Gabriel Kahane) have gone on to become stars of the singer-songwriter and Americana realms.


Venue name: Rockwood Music Hall
Address: 196 Allen St
New York
Cross street: between E Houston and Stanton Sts
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
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Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Rockwood is really cool - three different stages, which are really three different bars so make sure you know which you're going to. Sometimes tough to get a drink if its crowded but usually the vibe is awesome and the music is killer so you're a happy camper anyways.


I have never seen a bad show at Rockwood! No matter the stage! Cool vibe and musicians with a lot of heart. From more famous bands like The Punch Brothers to smaller names on Stage 0, you can see almost any kind of music any day of the week. If you're seeing a piano performance on Stage 2, get there early so you can see them bring the piano down from the ceiling! Its like magic! I don't love the two drink minimum for the free shows AND passing around the bucket, but at least you know the set will be stellar!


I frequent Rockwood Music Hall quite a bit and I dig the laid back vibe. There are three stages and I can say that I have been to all three, each one a bit different than the last. There is a bar attached to all three of them which suits your drinking needs. This only gets annoying when I go to a free show but then am forced to pay for a drink. Call it whatever you want but it was not said up front! Sigh, I'll have a shirley temple please. On any given day, you can find a variety of genres, even within one stage. You could've just watched a country set, then the next set is jazz and the next a pop band. It's crazy! But I like exposing myself to all sorts of new music so I dig it. Plus the people are nice too so it's all around a good experience every time.


Rockwood Music Hall is a super chilled out music venue on the hip and happening Lower East Side. There are three stages there where various types of musical acts perform. They've even had Lady Gaga grace the stage. Some shows are free and others charge a cover with a drink minimum per person. You can choose from great drinks from the fully stocked bar. The staff are very laid back and friendly as well. Whether you are seeing a full-on rock band, or a more mellow acoustic group, Rockwood Music Hall is an awesome setting for a most enjoyable live music experience.

If you don't like watching free music then stop reading this review now. If you do, then welcome to the promised land. Rockwood Music Hall is one of those places that has a good vibe and always something new to see. There are 3 stages, none of which are large in scale but all are great venues that offer an intimate setting for you and your friends to view artists. I've been there a few times now and every time I enjoy myself. Depending on the crowd the artist is anticipated to draw, you may have a variety of arrangements (seating or standing). There may come a time when you have to pay for a certain stage but don't sweat, if you cant afford it there are other stages to tap your feet to. This isn't a place you get all dressed up to go to, it's very relaxed and comfortable. They have a full bar and the staff are super friendly. A must see!


I went here last night to see Astrid S and was so pleasantly surprised at how small and intimate the venue was. There were maybe 70 people there, the sound was great and the crowd was super chill. I had a great time and would definitely come back here to see any of my favorite artists. The bar is easily accessible and there is a waitress that roams around taking drink orders. 

It was a little chilly and I'm kind of short (5'3) so I had trouble at points seeing her, but all in all it was a great experience!