While Manhattan definitely has a place on the list of best venues to catch live music (there’s Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden), if you want a more intimate music-going experience that has everything from the best indie rock bands to avant-garde listening experiences, Brooklyn may have just what you’re looking for. Here are eight must-visit spots for live music in Brooklyn:
Baby’s All Right – Williamsburg
Located right on Broadway, this joint popped up in late 2014. Known for the variety of musical acts it attracts, from experimental DJ’s to pop rock bands like Hellogoodbye, it’s booked almost every night of the week and frequently sells out its shows. Grab one of their signature cocktails and dance the night away at one of their dance parties, ranging in theme from indie pop to bubblegum.
Elsewhere – Bushwick
Enter this gigantic converted warehouse, and you’re guaranteed to be entertained for the night. It features three stages— – two are inside and one is on the rooftop. Their acts range from techno to Indie-rock, and Electronica to Hip Hop. Whatever your music interest, they’re bound to have something that you’ll enjoy.
Music Hall of Williamsburg – Williamsburg
If you’re looking for Indie bands who have outgrown dive bars, look no further. This multi-level industrial bar and music venue is known for its uncommon layout and chic decor. Find your new favorite rock or Indie band and have fun exploring this awesome space.
The Bell House – Gowanus
It might be all the way out in Gowanus, but this music venue is definitely worth the hike. It has two performance spaces booking acts that range from comedians to rock bands and raging dance parties. If you get tired of the mass of bodies crowded against the stage, this venue also features a front lounge with bistro tables and cozy armchairs where you can nurse your drink before heading back out on the dance floor.
Brooklyn Bazaar – Greenpoint
In a gigantic, tri-level venue that used to be a Polish catering hall, Brooklyn Bazaar is so much more than a bar with live music. It also has private karaoke lounges, 9-hole mini golf and an arcade with new and vintage games! But don’t get bogged down in the details and forget to check out the music scene! Discover the latest indie-rock bands and get lost at their alternative dance parties.
Knitting Factory – Williamsburg
While there are several branches of The Knitting Factory in New York City, the most recent one to pop up is in Williamsburg. Featuring a huge glass window that splits the space into a dim bar on one side and a wide stage on the other, you can catch artists that play emo punk, EDM/electronica, rap, and your staple indie-rock bands. Oh, and there’s free comedy nights on Sundays. What’s not to like?
Roulette – Boerum Hill
Moving from Tribeca to Soho, and now finally settling in Brooklyn, this performing arts venue focuses on musical acts outside of the norm. Whether it be new jazz, a collaboration with a couple of completely different artists, or avant-garde music, if you’re in the mood for something you’ve never heard before, stop on by, you’ll probably find it here.
Brooklyn Steel – Williamsburg
Another venue from Bowery Presents, this former steel manufacturing plant can hold 1,800 people in its 20,000-square-foot facility. Hang out on the “green roof” filled with plants of every shape and size, or just listen to great artists that have graced its stage like: Two Door Cinema Club, Arctic Monkeys, The Pixies, and Franz Ferdinand. Not a bad lineup for being a place that’s only been open since 2017.