During last month’s CMJ Music Marathon, the most talked about 2 a.m. show (by debauched NME darlings Towers of London) wasn’t at Bowery Ballroom or the Knitting Factory, but at Scenic, Avenue B’s newest contribution to the downtown live-music scene. The two-story space was famously home to Guernica and Save the Robots and is carrying on their tradition of good parties (with “Hot Pink,” Friday’s electro-punk night) and great indie shows. The new owners have redecorated the upstairs bar with theatrical red-velvet curtains and banquettes, deep-crimson walls that are lined with vintage posters and collectible plates, and retro lamps that barely illuminate the dark room. The best perk, though, is that now, after guzzling a beer—sorry, nothing on tap, but they do have everything from Miller High Life ($3) to Stella Artois ($5) to forties of Colt 45 ($6)—you can fill your stomach with cheap burgers and fries (only $1.25 to $2.50) from the on-site “Burger Joint.” While this isn’t the sort of annoyingly swanky place you’d come to “see and be seen,” everything—from the attractively unkempt crowd to the stylish room—is appropriately scenic.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 27, 2005