If you are a music fan, then you know how much more enjoyable a live show can be versed listening to a recording. The ability to see the artist makes you feel more immersed in the music, and the crowd around you also helps draw you into the right mindset. Finding good live music venues can be a challenge, but depending on the type of feel and music you like one of the locations on this list is sure to provide you with the experience you desire.
1. Pete’s Candy Shop
Pete’s Candy Shop has an awesome trivia night, but they also offer some of the best live music around. It is located in Williamsburg and this location has a comfortable homey feel to it. Some may not like the intimate atmosphere the small space provides, but others will love that they are so close to the musicians. They offer a wide range of music from bluegrass to indie rock, so no matter your music taste you will be able to find a night that they have someone you will like. Another great thing is most shows are free, but if they get a bigger name person the cover charge is still only $5-$10 which makes it an affordable night out.
2. Rockwood Music Hall
Rockwood Music Hall can feel like a bigger venue at times especially when a beer cost $7, but with this bigger feel also comes three stages and great sound. Normally there isn’t a cover charge which is a plus, but instead, they have a drink order requirement per set. If you are going to be drinking anyways, though, then this isn’t really an issue and the show is free. The music can range from the rock like in the name to classical, but the best thing about having three stages is there will probably be a group there any night that you will enjoy.
3. Freddy’s Bar and Backroom
At Freddy’s you are all family. They normally have smaller local bands playing, so you may not know the artist on stage but yet the experience is fun. Located in South Brooklyn they have been around for a while and now how to provide a good show. The shows are always free and beer is cheap. A PBR will run you only $3, so if you are looking for a chill cost effective night out, then Freddy’s Bar and Backroom is a great place to hang out with friends or take a date.
If jazz is your thing, then Barbes is the venue for you. This venue is small and the cover is $10, but that gives you access to a backroom that is cozy and puts the music right by your ears. Barbes also has bluegrass, classical, and world music, so if jazz isn’t your thing but you still want to try the place out, then you can go on a night that they have some music more your taste.
5. Union Hall
Union Hall is located in Park Slop. This venue has comedy shows as well as live music, so they offer a little bit for everyone. The cover can range from $5-$20, but on the nights it is more expensive it is because they pulled a bigger name. If you want a place that gets bigger names, then this place is for you, but they also offer the typical local bands on slower nights. Also, the venue is large with all the music downstairs and the bar upstairs, so space is not an issue at this location.
Finding the best live music place in NY can be a challenge. There are so many venues and you don’t want to waste time with the bad ones. With this list, you will be able to find a venue that you love to keep going back to and can enjoy the music instead of the stress of figuring out the best place to go.