Best Music Venue (Small)


It didn’t take long for Baby’s All Right to become the city’s go-to venue for artists on the rise. Zachary Mexico and Billy Jones opened the Williamsburg club in October 2013. As small independent venues in the neighborhood fell prey to corporate vultures and vertiginous rent hikes, Baby’s has become the preeminent Brooklyn space to catch burgeoning local acts, much-hyped touring artists, and the occasional heavy-hitter enjoying a reprieve from bigger, more impersonal stages. Ric Leichtung, talent buyer extraordinaire at Baby’s, explains the place’s rapid ascent: “Scrappy venues along the waterfront put Williamsburg on the map, and they all closed shortly after Baby’s opened. Concertgoers matured and welcomed a venue that did not smell or sound like garbage but still had that Cheers vibe where everyone knows your name.” This level of success for a small operation doesn’t happen through happenstance or dumb luck — in New York, bands always have options, and Baby’s has cultivated a reputation as a club that treats its artists kindly and its patrons warmly, a rare enough animal in the touring world. 146 Broadway, Brooklyn 11211, 718-599-5800,

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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 13, 2015

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