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The Bell House

Music, Music venues Gowanus
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
 (Photograph: Eric Harvey Brown )
Photograph: Eric Harvey Brown The Bell House
 (Photograph: Eric Harvey Brown)
Photograph: Eric Harvey BrownThe Bell House

This sprawling spot’s two bars—one nestled in an ornate front room, the other in the rear performance space—provide plenty of drinking options. Skip toxic cocktails in favor of one of 12 beers on tap—from Anchor Steam to Smuttynose—or a taste of more than 20 bourbons. The large rear performance space is a favorite for podcast recordings, intimate band gigs, and wild comedy shows. 


Venue name: The Bell House
Address: 149 7th St
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Transport: Subway: F, G, R to Fourth Ave–9th St
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  • Friday August 2 2019
  • Performances Monday August 5 2019

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5 / 5

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I think the Bell House gets the honor of being my FAVORITE spot in New York simply based on how often I am here! It seems like every week there is a cool comedy show, podcast taping or dance party to go to. Usually for reasonable prices! Its a large venue which is hard to find in New York, and if you come early enough you can probably snag a seat! I'm here monthly for a "secret" show and have also been to their New Year's party, I've been ON Ask Me Another, and The Bell House is home to the Eugene Mirman comedy festival which is a CAN'T MISS comedy event! If you like cool slightly nerdy shows you really can't miss! Definitely worth the trek to Gowanus! 


I've been here for multiple occasions and I really like this venue. From podcasts to comedy shows, they really know how to appeal to Brooklyn. This place is also first come first serve on seating, but unlike littlefield (so sorry!) I have always been able to get a seat. There isn't a bad view in the house if you don't, so don't worry. Their drinks are reasonably priced, and the front bar has plenty of room and seating for you to come early for a show and hang out with friends before it starts (also a good way to guarantee a seat). I've seen they have a TON of dance parties here so that will be for my next Bell house experience, but shows and podcasts are a MUST. I especially recommend Tinder live with Lane Moore!


I'm not cool enough to be the partying/clubbing type, so I'm frequently at the Bell House for live podcast recordings or comedy shows only.  It's worth the trip out to Gowanus, as you can spend a full night at the Bell House grabbing a bite to eat, seeing a show, and then grabbing a drink (and potentially hanging out with the show's cast) afterwards.  There are a lot of options at the bar - the best of which is a second bar inside of their event room. Cheers to that!

Most of my favorite events happen here! Hallowmeme, '90s dance parties, tapings of How Did This Get Made, The Big Quiz Thing, Point Break Live and countless other events are constantly going on. You can count on something unique going on here any night of the week. There's a large bar area in front with some tables and chairs and plenty of craft beer on tap, then a huge dance party area in the back. The best part is a ton of people can get in but you've still got room to roam. It is in a pretty random part of Gowanus, but it's worth the trip!