Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Event Space
Union Square, New York
  • 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."(19 Tips)
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  • lindsay f.
    lindsay freyJanuary 16
    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.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarDecember 23, 2015
    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.
  • Karolina C.
    Karolina CunneelyNovember 9, 2015
    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)
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintJune 9, 2015
    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.
  • LeAnna C.
    Drinks are $$ but the Angry Orchard is worth it. Opt for VIP/balcony space to avoid crowds!
  • Filter S.
    Filter Scan / SeanMay 12, 2015
    This place fucking sucks. Hot, smelly, horrible speaker quality. Disgusting. Don't even drink it's too difficult to get to a bathroom. Could be way nicer.
  • Karissa D.
    Karissa DurlerMay 5, 2015
    The best place to see your favorite band! Small & intimate.
  • Charetta R.
    Charetta RockJanuary 26, 2015
    Proud to have played here! Gorgeous venue, spacious historical and great sound/lighting!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchulweisDecember 29, 2014
    Two floor set up, except that for bigger shows they reserve upstairs for VIP (worth the extra money). Bars on every floor and there are great bars/restos for before and after the show close by!
  • Devonta
    DevontaDecember 10, 2014
    Saw Common tonight. Great intimate venue. The crowd was great. Common did his thing. #HipHop
  • Mischa
    MischaDecember 7, 2014
    Like most venues in NYC, bar with a wide hall and space enough to fit 6 musicians. The bad thing about this place stage is upstairs restrooms are downstairs, forget going while the band's playing
  • Joe C.
    Joe CDecember 5, 2014
    Royally messed up the Foo Fighters show. Said not to line up until 3, tickets on sale at 5. Gave out wristbands to people there early and were sold out by 2:30. You will never see me here. Place sux.
  • Amalia V.
    Amalia VavalaNovember 17, 2014
    Probably my favorite venue in the city. All the greats have played here. Come early because it'll get packed.
  • Camille
    CamilleNovember 11, 2014
    The side risers and upper level were VIP last time I was here. You had to pay to upgrade to stand with an obstructed view. What the heck??
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AlmogNovember 7, 2014
    Concerts get crunched. VIP tickets are worth the extra $$ because they come with a free drink and view is muuuuuch better. More room to bust move. 💃
  • Janice T.
    Janice TaylorNovember 6, 2014
    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.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SKNovember 6, 2014
    Super small so you are always close to the artist but it can get packed and very crowded quickly.
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThurberNovember 2, 2014
    Amazing venue. Smoke in the air, beer on the floor, and talent on the stage from opener to headline. Awesome night.
  • John P.
    John P.October 8, 2014
    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.
  • JD
    JDOctober 6, 2014
    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.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalSeptember 22, 2014
    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.
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen ParkerAugust 21, 2014
    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.
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PetrielloAugust 13, 2014
    Coat check is $3 PER item and cash only. You can't take a backpack to the show floor.
  • Ken P.
    Ken Pierre IIAugust 7, 2014
    Dope venue for concerts! The bars located everywhere are clutch and I def had the time of my life with my group of chums!
  • Tamer B.
    Tamer BekirMarch 13, 2014
    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.
  • Elana B.
    Elana BetaharonFebruary 9, 2014
    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.
  • Kat M.
    Kat MontgomeryDecember 11, 2013
    Arrive early to get a good spot. If you're hungry they've got a few options for food that's reasonably priced.
  • Warren W.
    Warren WanJune 8, 2013
    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.
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyApril 8, 2013
    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
  • Michael
    MichaelMarch 22, 2013
    Go online to get discount coupons for parking at nearby Icon parking lots.
  • Lynnette P.
    Lynnette PenoroMarch 20, 2013
    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!!
  • Mark M.
    Mark Mis🍔February 6, 2013
    decent venue, good acoustics. security doesn't do a good job though. perfect for small intimate GA shows.
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FreemanOctober 19, 2012
    Drinks are a little pricy, especially since they could be made a little better. Definitely fast though.
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 14, 2012
    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
  • CMJ
    CMJAugust 29, 2012
    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.
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LovejoyJune 12, 2012
    Staff here is super friendly, which is extra awesome if they can get you a nice spot on the rail to watch the show.
  • Vincent B. D.
    Very eclectic venue. Sucks that it's a LiveNation venue, though. Came here for LIGHTS and Kina Grannis.
  • Billboard
    BillboardMarch 22, 2012
    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...).
  • Mis Ter B.
    Mis Ter BugslyFebruary 18, 2012
    Make sure you get a good spot in the middle of the floor, the sight lines aren't great towards the outside.
  • Ward S.
    Ward SullivanDecember 21, 2011
    Not as awesome as the Bowery Ballroom, but another one of NYC's intimate concert venues. The acoustics are top notch.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 18, 2011
    One of our favorite venues for general admission concerts. But direct at their box office and avoid paying ticket broker fees!
  • StonehengeNYC
    StonehengeNYCDecember 15, 2011
    Some of the best shows in NYC, in a great venue. Check out our nearby luxury building at 8 Gramercy Park. Read more
  • Staci
    StaciSeptember 19, 2011
    Weird set-up, overpriced drinks, always too crowded...definitely not one of my top choices to see a show
  • Roc Nation
    Roc NationJune 6, 2011
    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
  • Abed N.
    Abed Next Stop PleaseNovember 3, 2010
    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
  • Anuradha G.
    Anuradha GolderSeptember 7, 2010
    Been here for a We Are Scientists Concert. Very intimate, security isn't so pushy. Good venue.
  • VH1
    VH1July 21, 2010
    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
  • Elise A.
    Elise AbdallaJuly 1, 2010
    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!
  • Live Nation
    Live NationFebruary 17, 2010
    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
    Live NationFebruary 17, 2010
    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
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