Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Event Space · Union Square
17 Irving Pl (at E 15th St), New York, NY 10003, United States
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  • Today
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
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    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 6:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Tue–Wed
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
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Irving Plaza was converted into a rock music venue in 1978 and has since hosted U2, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton & more establishing itself as NYC’s premier venue.


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    Karolina C.
    "I love the intimate setting of this venue."(13 Tips)
    "Head stage right or left to nab a spot with the best view"(7 Tips)
    howie a.
    "Still one of the best venues in NYC!"(4 Tips)
    Baramee C.
    "Great intimate venue for live music."(17 Tips)
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  • Janice T.

    If you can get here when doors open try to get to the balcony. Great view and you'll be sure to not lose any clothes when a mosh pit opens up next to you on the main floor.

    Janice Taylor · November 6, 2014
  • Chris R.

    A nice, intimate club venue located right by Union Square. Plays host to some big names from time to time, and has managed to hold up after all its years in business. Sound, atmosphere, all great.

    Chris Raghoobar · December 23, 2015
  • Live Nation

    If you want to party before or after the show, head to 119, one of the best NYC Dive bars. Great tunes, good beer on tap, a pool table. A bar with a very NYC Dive disposition, but TONS of personality Read more

    Live Nation · February 17, 2010
  • Jason S.

    Two floor set up, except that for bigger shows they reserve upstairs for VIP (worth the extra money). Bars on every floor and there are great bars/restos for before and after the show close by!

    Jason Schulweis · December 29, 2014
  • Concert Ticket Agency

    Small to midsize venue. Legendary place to see a band. 3 levels. great balcony. Full bar in back with fast service. From The Ramones to U2 to Clapton & Dylan. all the heavy hitters have played here

    Concert Ticket Agency · September 14, 2012
  • JD

    Buy tickets directly from box office to save on booking fees. Mixed drinks can get pricey so drink beforehand. Stage is visible from most parts of the arena but it does get warm near stage.

    JD · October 6, 2014
  • Tamer B.

    It's small in there, so be prepared to either get the nut or the butt. They have a nice top seating that has tables and the view is great. Also a couple (2) lounges in the back for sitting.

    Tamer Bekir · March 13, 2014
  • Lindsay T.

    A fantastic venue. Drop-down screen in front of stage shows upcoming shows and events. The sound is hit or miss, there are no bathrooms upstairs (stage-level), but they have two bars.

    Lindsay Toussaint · June 9, 2015
  • Roc Nation

    Go to Irving plaza if you want to be packed in for your favorite act. The acoustics are good and you can see the stage from pretty much anywhere you stand. But be wary, it gets incredibly hot! Read more

    Roc Nation · June 6, 2011
  • Mischa

    Like most venues in NYC, bar with a wide hall and space enough to fit 6 musicians. The bad thing about this place stage is upstairs restrooms are downstairs, forget going while the band's playing

    Mischa · December 7, 2014
  • Live Nation

    Head to Galaxy Global Eatery on Irving place between 15th and 16th to grab a bite before (or after) the show. The food is diverse and delicious, the cocktails are great and it's affordable! Read more

    Live Nation · February 17, 2010
  • Karolina C.

    I love the intimate setting of this venue. I've been to many concerts here. There's never a bad viewing spot...unless you get a super tall person in front of you (haha)

    Karolina Cunneely · November 9, 2015
  • Melissa R.

    Great venue. Have been going here for ever and never had an issue getting close. Sound is also pretty great compared to other nyc venues.

    Melissa Rosenthal · September 22, 2014
  • CMJ

    This venue was once a Polish-American community center and a swing ballroom (although sadly not at the same time). In 2000 it hosted a combo of Tenacious D and At the Drive-In for CMJ Music Marathon.

    CMJ · August 29, 2012
  • StageBuddy

    There are cell phone charging stations and seats downstairs so, if your 'rents are tagging along to a concert, you might want to let them set up shop down there. Read more

    StageBuddy · April 8, 2013
  • Ken P.

    Dope venue for concerts! The bars located everywhere are clutch and I def had the time of my life with my group of chums!

    Ken Pierre II · August 7, 2014
  • Joe C.

    Royally messed up the Foo Fighters show. Said not to line up until 3, tickets on sale at 5. Gave out wristbands to people there early and were sold out by 2:30. You will never see me here. Place sux.

    Joe C · December 5, 2014
  • The Corcoran Group

    One of our favorite venues for general admission concerts. But direct at their box office and avoid paying ticket broker fees!

    The Corcoran Group · December 18, 2011
  • Stephen P.

    Very helpful staff that helped us bring packages of 700+ LPs up two flights of stairs and an elevator. Great sounding room and friendly bar staff.

    Stephen Parker · August 21, 2014
  • Elise A.

    I've filmed 3 concerts here: Jonas Brothers, Honor Society, and Timbaland - very intimate and small venue to get an up close look at your favorite music artists!

    Elise Abdalla · July 1, 2010
  • John P.

    Nice small venue but drink before you get here if you're looking to get a buzz. $10 well drinks is the epitome of overpriced Manhattan cocktails.

    John P. · October 8, 2014
  • VH1

    Head to Galaxy Global Eatery on Irving place between 15th and 16th to grab a bite before (or after) the show. The food is diverse and delicious and it's affordable! – Team Live Nation

    VH1 · July 21, 2010
  • Chris T.

    Amazing venue. Smoke in the air, beer on the floor, and talent on the stage from opener to headline. Awesome night.

    Chris Thurber · November 2, 2014
  • Camille

    The side risers and upper level were VIP last time I was here. You had to pay to upgrade to stand with an obstructed view. What the heck??

    Camille · November 11, 2014
  • lindsay f.

    coat check people were very snarky :( ...$4 **PER ITEM**. item = coat, sweater, scarf, ANYTHING. obviously. of course i would assume it's $4 extra to check your scarf with your coat.

    lindsay frey · January 16
  • Billboard

    Head stage right or left to nab a spot with the best view, or try your luck upstairs (if you can get up there, that is...).

    Billboard · March 22, 2012
  • Jessica A.

    Concerts get crunched. VIP tickets are worth the extra $$ because they come with a free drink and view is muuuuuch better. More room to bust move. 💃

    Jessica Almog · November 7, 2014
  • Ward S.

    Not as awesome as the Bowery Ballroom, but another one of NYC's intimate concert venues. The acoustics are top notch.

    Ward Sullivan · December 21, 2011
  • Elana B.

    Coat check lost my jacket. On top of that, they were rude to me and didn't give me a refund for checking it in. Never coming back here after that treatment.

    Elana Betaharon · February 9, 2014
  • Filter S.

    This place fucking sucks. Hot, smelly, horrible speaker quality. Disgusting. Don't even drink it's too difficult to get to a bathroom. Could be way nicer.

    Filter Scan / Sean · May 12, 2015
  • Lynnette P.

    This place SUCKS. They never get their shows started on time and whether its coat check or drinks you feel like you're being robbed. There are way better venues in NYC, never again!!

    Lynnette Penoro · March 20, 2013
  • Warren W.

    Worst sound technician ever. Or maybe just at my show. Turn the mics on, asshole. Unless the goal is to make every track an instrumental. If that's the case, kudos.

    Warren Wan · June 8, 2013
  • Kat M.

    Arrive early to get a good spot. If you're hungry they've got a few options for food that's reasonably priced.

    Kat Montgomery · December 11, 2013
  • Lauren S.

    Super small so you are always close to the artist but it can get packed and very crowded quickly.

    Lauren SK · November 6, 2014
  • StonehengeNYC

    Some of the best shows in NYC, in a great venue. Check out our nearby luxury building at 8 Gramercy Park. Read more

    StonehengeNYC · December 15, 2011
  • Amalia V.

    Probably my favorite venue in the city. All the greats have played here. Come early because it'll get packed.

    Amalia Vavala · November 17, 2014
  • Mark M.

    decent venue, good acoustics. security doesn't do a good job though. perfect for small intimate GA shows.

    Mark Mis🍔 · February 6, 2013
  • Elizabeth L.

    Staff here is super friendly, which is extra awesome if they can get you a nice spot on the rail to watch the show.

    Elizabeth Lovejoy · June 12, 2012
  • Mis Ter B.

    Make sure you get a good spot in the middle of the floor, the sight lines aren't great towards the outside.

    Mis Ter Bugsly · February 18, 2012
  • Jeff P.

    Coat check is $3 PER item and cash only. You can't take a backpack to the show floor.

    Jeff Petriello · August 13, 2014
  • Nicole F.

    Drinks are a little pricy, especially since they could be made a little better. Definitely fast though.

    Nicole Freeman · October 19, 2012
  • LeAnna C.

    Drinks are $$ but the Angry Orchard is worth it. Opt for VIP/balcony space to avoid crowds!

    LeAnna Christiansen · May 13, 2015
  • Charetta R.

    Proud to have played here! Gorgeous venue, spacious historical and great sound/lighting!

    Charetta Rock · January 26, 2015
  • Vincent B. D.

    Very eclectic venue. Sucks that it's a LiveNation venue, though. Came here for LIGHTS and Kina Grannis.

    Vincent B. Donadio · May 3, 2012
  • Devonta

    Saw Common tonight. Great intimate venue. The crowd was great. Common did his thing. #HipHop

    Devonta · December 10, 2014
  • Michael

    Go online to get discount coupons for parking at nearby Icon parking lots.

    Michael · March 22, 2013
  • Abed N.

    Hey if your here tonight for Boys like Girls show come see me @ the merch table for Runner Runner and tell me the little lamb is hungry for a free gift

    Abed Next Stop Please · November 3, 2010
  • Anuradha G.

    Been here for a We Are Scientists Concert. Very intimate, security isn't so pushy. Good venue.

    Anuradha Golder · September 7, 2010
  • Staci

    Weird set-up, overpriced drinks, always too crowded...definitely not one of my top choices to see a show

    Staci · September 19, 2011
  • neerad jet ..

    Ask for the mezz tickets you save $2 but the tickets still say floor.

    neerad jet . · August 3, 2012

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