Indie in NYC

So you want to play in NYC? Don't know where to go? You're in luck! We've got a great list of venues supporting Independent Bands and DJs in and around NYC. Read More about making it live in NYC.

Posted by Michael Bordash on Thu Jul 26, 2001

You want to make it in the music biz. You know NYC is the place to get heard. Now what? Here's the list of NYC venues supporting independent music. They are where you NEED to play. Get on the phone, and call them. Better yet, get off your ass and go there yourself!

Venue What's There?
13 Bar
35 E. 13th St. (btw. Broadway & University Pl.) (212) 979-6677
Jazz, Funk, Rock, Soul, DJs spin Brit Pop, Retro dance music, Trance Wed-Sun.
Acme Underground
9 Great Jones St. at Lafayette St. (212) 677-6963
Live rock bands every night.
Anyway Cafe
34 E. 2nd St (btw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.) (212) 533-3412
Live Jazz, Brazilian and Russian music.
Arlene Grocery
95 Stanton St. (btw. Ludlow & Orchard Sts.) (212) 358-1633
Rock.
B3 Lounge and Restaurant
33 Ave. B at 3rd St. (212) 614-9755
Open Mic Comedy, DJs spinning Brit Pop and Techno.
Baggot Inn
82 W. 3rd St. (btw. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.) (212) 477-0622
Live music plus an open poetry reading.
BAM Cafe
30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Pl., Brooklyn (718) 636-4139
Jazz to Spoken Word to Afro-pop, Latin, Rock, R&B, Blues, and Experimental music.
The Bitter End
174 Bleecker St. at Thompson St. (212) 673-7030
Folk, country, and rock music.
Bottom Line
15 W. 4th St. at Mercer St. (212) 228-6300
Jazz, Rock.
Brownies
169 Ave A (btw 10th & 11th Sts.) (212) 420-8392
Rock.
CBGB
313 Bowery at Bleecker St. (212) 982-4052
Punk, Alternative
Continental
25 3rd Ave. at St. Mark's Pl. (212) 529-6924
Rock, Alternative
Elbow Room
144 Bleeker St. (btw. Thompson St. & LaGuardia Pl.) (212) 979-8434
Rock, Funk, R&B.
Groove
125 Macdougal St. (at W. 3rd St.) (212) 254-9393
Blues, R&B.
Izzy Bar
125 Macdougal St. (at W. 3rd St.) (212) 254-9393
House, Techno, Funk, Latin.
Kenny's Castaways
157 Bleeker St. (btw. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.) (212) 473-9870
Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Fusion.
Knitting Factory
74 Leonard St. (btw. Broadway & Church St.) (212) 219-3055
Pretty much everything.
Lion's Den
214 Sullivan St. (btw. Bleeker & W. 3rd St.) (212) 477-2782
Rock, Alternative.
Mercury Lounge
217 Houston St. at Essex St. (212) 260-4700
Rock and Pop.
Shine
285 W. Broadway at Canal St. (212) 941-0900
DJs, some live music, Reggae
S.O.B.'s
204 Varick St. at Houston St. (212) 243-4940
Latin music, plus Hip Hop, Reggae, and African Hip Hop.
Terra Blues
149 Bleeker St. (btw. Thompson St. & La Guardia Pl.) (212) 777-7776
Blues. My Favorite.
Tonic
107 Norfolk St. (btw. Delancey & Rivington Sts.) (212) 358-7503
Jazz, Rock, and Electronic.
Wetlands
161 Hudson St. near Laight St. (212) 386-3600
Pretty much everything.

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