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  • 105 Riv

    105 Rivington St. New York, NY 10002

  • Arlene

    Arlene's Grocery

    95 Stanton St. New York, NY 10002
    212-358-1633 Arlene's Grocery was converted from a bodega of the same name over a decade ago. It has built oodles of street cred since then, having booked the Strokes pre-fame, hosted the sad Dashboard Confessional guy, and appeared in a Michael Cera movie. Despite (or maybe because of) these neat tidbits, the Grocery isn't frequented by the same show-hounds that attend the Cake Shop and Pianos venues nearby. Hard rock and pop-punk acts tend to dominate the performance space here, but the Grocery's gloomy Butchery Bar (yup, converted from a butchery) still attracts the more general, nomadic L.E.S. crowd on the weekends. More >>

  • Bowery Ballroom

    Bowery Ballroom

    6 Delancey St. New York, NY 10002
    212-533-2111 The Bowery Ballroom is generally regarded as the city's best music venue. It has three floors, three bars, an intimate 550-person capacity, balconies for the mosh-pit-adverse, and status as the most popular destination for rising indie-rockers. It's also the place where "special guests" (such as David Byrne!) drop by, and more established acts (such as Nine Inch Nails!) treat their fans to "secret" shows. While the Ballroom now has a Brooklyn clone (the Music Hall of Williamsburg) with sleeker finishes, swankier bars, and better couches, the original club's homey charm is something that can't be replicated. More >>

  • Fontana


    105 Eldridge St. New York, NY 10002
    212-334-6740 Three paintings--a fast car, a busty woman, and Dirty Harry--decorate the first of this enormous venue's three floors. Like the scruffy bands that play in the bar's underground performance space, Fontana's image is overtly rock 'n' roll. Beyond the primary bar located near the entrance, you'll find a chandelier room with massive ceilings and a movie-projector screen hanging above. Half a floor below, a pool table resides; the private party room is located entirely elsewhere. And even on slow nights, Guns N' Roses songs are always blasting on the speakers by your side. More >>

  • Home Sweet Home

    Home Sweet Home

    131 Chrystie St. New York, NY 10002
    212-226-5708 Tucked just below an art gallery on the corner of the Lower East Side and Chinatown is Home Sweet Home, a dank underground alley bar with a small performance space in the back. Home Sweet Home would be aptly named if your idea of home were a macabre dungeon with all the accouterments, including a ton of dead animals. It’s taxidermy, sure. But there’s a darker edge to Home Sweet Home. When the bar opened in 2009, it quickly established itself as a punk and metal spot with an outre edge. Hosting the final run of the revered Wierd nights--put on by the record label of the same name--helped to cement that legacy. Now, with residencies from DJs like Jonathan Toubin, the joint seems to bow toward a reputation for sweaty dance parties. Crowded, musty, and always a good time--or at least a time that's interesting. --Dale Eisinger More >>

  • Hotel on Rivington

    Hotel on Rivington

    107 Rivington St. New York, NY 10002
    212-475-2600 Sleek, sexy, and sophisticated often get tossed around when describing the atmosphere of the Lower East Side's Hotel on Rivington. Though the mod-chic veneer is starting to wear a little thin in some parts of the space, there's never a dull moment when--and if--you can make it upstairs to the penthouse lounge. Beyond having to traverse elevators and stairways to get to, the lounge here has a notoriously finicky door policy. Some nights, the bouncers may seem overly zealous. Others, you might wonder if they are paying attention at all. Unless the lounge is booked out for private events, DJs here spin a vague mix of danceable tracks and what’s trending. Some have said they’ve gotten bad treatment, and the drinks, as always in a place of this caliber, are what many call overpriced. But that's expected in a joint like this, and almost all is forgiven when you enjoy the view. The penthouse sits on one of the neighborhood's tallest buildings. Just look at that skyline. --Dale Eisinger More >>

  • The Mercury Lounge

    The Mercury Lounge

    217 E. Houston St. New York, NY 10002
    212-260-4700 Of all the box-shaped Bowery Presents venues, the Mercury Lounge is the most compact. It's fitted with a fully-stocked, hallway-sized bar and a show space capable of holding 250 people, perfect for its roster of hometown indie rockers who have yet to graduate on to the double-sized Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. A decent lot of them do. More >>

  • Open Road Rooftop

    350 Grand St. New York, NY 10002

  • Pianos


    158 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002
    212-505-3733 A staple of the Lower East Side, Pianos offers two stages to check out tunes when you need a respite from the inanity of Ludlow Street. Squeeze past the throngs of drunken hipsters in the front bar to find either performance space. The upstairs has something a little more intimate with a smaller stage, and Pianos books shows here that cater to the lower ceilings and broader room. Up here, you can also get your burger on while watching a muted rock act or folk trio. But the guilt of talking and eating over a singer-songwriter might be a little too pervasive. The main concert space below hosts the bulk of Pianos’ shows. After all these years, Pianos still manages to pull off some of the most diverse sets in the city, from avant-jazz to heavy, Goth-tinged rock, to dubstep. And the ears on the sound guy seem to handle everything. --Dale Eisinger More >>

  • Rockwood Music Hall

    Rockwood Music Hall

    196 Allen St. New York, NY 10002

  • Tammany Hall

    Tammany Hall

    152 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002