Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Event Space
Union Square, New York
  • This music venue is famous for their concerts. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • The experts at Time Out New York and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Karolina C.
    "I love the intimate setting of this venue."(13 Tips)
    howie a.
    "Still one of the best venues in NYC!"(4 Tips)
    Baramee C.
    "Great intimate venue for live music."(21 Tips)
    Concert Ticket Agency
    "great balcony."(6 Tips)
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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)
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinSeptember 29
    One of the few last small concert halls...dingy w/ faint smell of stale beer, has upstairs for vips, but i like small venues for more intimate performances
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintJune 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchulweisDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • Kristine R.
    Kristine RoskoAugust 15, 2016
    Easily accessible from NY Penn Station by subway to Union Square. Cozier space w/ upstairs & downstairs. Cash bars on both levels. Bathrooms could use some work, though.
  • Ale T.
    Ale TowerMarch 4
    Audio was a bit muffled when I watched Thundercat there. On the flipside, it's small enough that you'll be close to your heroes even if you stand halfway through the hall.
  • Mischa
    MischaDecember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • 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
  • The Wild Honey Pie
    Before becoming a ballroom-style theatre in 1927, the building acted as a hotel consisting of four combined brownstones.
  • 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!
  • 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. 💃
  • 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
  • Devonta
    DevontaDecember 10, 2014
    Saw Common tonight. Great intimate venue. The crowd was great. Common did his thing. #HipHop
  • lindsay f.
    lindsay freyJanuary 16, 2016
    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.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CasperAugust 22
    Basic concert/event space with two floors of dance or table space... crowd vibe and staff attitudes depends on what event is happening!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Charetta R.
    Charetta RockJanuary 26, 2015
    Proud to have played here! Gorgeous venue, spacious historical and great sound/lighting!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • JD
    JDSeptember 9
    Concerts here are amazing and with some of the best thought out seating around.
  • 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
  • LeAnna C.
    Drinks are $$ but the Angry Orchard is worth it. Opt for VIP/balcony space to avoid crowds!
  • 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.
  • Rohan M.
    Rohan ModiApril 15
    Great staff, awesome events! Can't go wrong with seeing a show here! VIP for balcony access.
  • Jason G.
    Jason GrossJuly 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    As you climb up the stairs to the show, look on the wall for some great historic concert posters.
  • 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??
  • 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!
  • neerad jet ..
    neerad jet .August 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for the mezz tickets you save $2 but the tickets still say floor.
  • Baramee C.
    Baramee ChindavongAugust 6, 2014
    Great intimate venue for live music.
  • Michael
    MichaelMarch 22, 2013
    Go online to get discount coupons for parking at nearby Icon parking lots.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawMarch 26, 2015
    One of the few great small music venues left in Manhattan!
  • Nate K.
    Nate KowalJanuary 30, 2015
    Small intimate space. Great sound, good show selection.
  • 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.
  • Mis Ter B.
    Mis Ter BugslyFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you get a good spot in the middle of the floor, the sight lines aren't great towards the outside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FreemanOctober 19, 2012
    Drinks are a little pricy, especially since they could be made a little better. Definitely fast though.
  • James C.
    James CFebruary 5, 2016
    Great music venue with great place to eat and drink close by.
  • Ka K.
    Ka KuehnDecember 7, 2014
    Worth it to prepay for coat check. They fill up fast :(
  • Cameron G.
    Cameron GidariMarch 24, 2016
    One of the best venues in NYC. Intimate but not cramped.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanFebruary 21, 2015
    Coat check line goes out the door at the end of the night, get your coat early.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BurkeFebruary 3, 2016
    Most well-organized staff. Got through the doors in record time.
  • Amy T.
    Amy TremmelJanuary 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the balcony for more crowded shows.
  • Todd H.
    Todd HamiltonJune 16, 2015
    Still one of the best places to see a band in the City.
  • Nikki M M.
    Nikki M MascaliAugust 18, 2013
    Great, great venue, security is so nice (but I wouldn't wanna f w them!)
  • Emily Punkimeowmeow d.
    a great venue to get up and personal with the artists. I had a blast at the Erasure concert a while back.
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DonovanMarch 14, 2012
    Not too big, not too small.... Great place to catch a show!
  • Karissa D.
    Karissa DurlerMay 5, 2015
    The best place to see your favorite band! Small & intimate.
  • Vincent B. D.
    Very eclectic venue. Sucks that it's a LiveNation venue, though. Came here for LIGHTS and Kina Grannis.
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MucilliNovember 19, 2015
    Small, intimate venue. Perfect for seeing bands you love.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 25, 2014
    Watch noteworthy and up-and-coming musical acts at the historic Irving Plaza.
  • Bruno C.
    Bruno CardosoOctober 4, 2015
    Came to see a Frank Turner and Beans on Toast show. Really organized venue.
  • Alfredo P.
    Alfredo PlessmannMarch 30, 2012
    All the way to the back is the best place to be at this venue.
  • Marissa S.
    Marissa StuartNovember 17, 2015
    fantastic venue for an intimate show.
  • Josh M.
    Josh MateoJune 16, 2015
    All about those metalcore concerts.
  • Erin M.
    Erin McHughMarch 23, 2014
    Always say yes to Snarky Puppy. Always.
  • Julia K.
    Julia KlothJanuary 17, 2013
    Don't forget to splurge for the coat check in advance.
  • Ankit A.
    Ankit AggarwalFebruary 12
    Been here 10+ times
    Punk hardcore and metal shows
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BlatusNovember 24, 2011
    Drink at the Belmont Lounge around the block before you come, awesome happy hour.
  • 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
  • Jen M.
    Jen MoshJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great venue to catch some of your fav acts!
  • Jorge D.
    Jorge Del Carpio Jr.November 29, 2014
    Like a lessy stuffy BB kings, still got that intimate feel tho. Likes.
  • David L.
    David LevyAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cool place. Need to check bags though $3
  • John M.
    John McCartneyNovember 28, 2012
    They will rip you off at coat check. Just dropped $9 for bag, umbrella, jacket, and first born
  • Nick F.
    Nick FodenApril 23, 2016
    $13 beer and shot. Not bad for union square.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HuberNovember 19, 2016
    Great layout and some good talent!
  • Anuradha G.
    Anuradha GolderSeptember 7, 2010
    Been here for a We Are Scientists Concert. Very intimate, security isn't so pushy. Good venue.
  • HOT 97
    HOT 97April 4, 2012
  • Erika R.
    Erika RenaeAugust 29, 2014
    Buy tickets at the box office and they will charge a $2-$5 fee instead of Ticketmaster's $10 fee.
  • Zhanna S.
    Zhanna SchonfeldJanuary 1, 2013
    Reserve your coat check online because apparently they run out.
  • Ian G.
    Ian GussAugust 8, 2013
    Buy Roseland Ballroom tickets here to save on outrageous Ticketmaster fees.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RyanDecember 2, 2014
    Lotta good memories of legendary shows at this joint.
  • Stage B.
    Stage BuddyApril 19, 2013
    There's a charging station downstairs, near the bar. Read more
  • 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.
  • Danwen
    DanwenJune 2, 2015
    Good venue. Shitty sound system.
  • Sharice R.
    Sharice RichardsJune 9, 2012
    Check out Lifebeat, the music industry fights AIDS table!
  • Guy B.
    Guy BannisterMarch 25, 2016
    Great venue for a concert.
  • Rodrigo B.
    Rodrigo BustamanteFebruary 6, 2014
    Awesome show!
  • SPIN
    SPINOctober 15, 2013
    The sound is horrible under the balconies, much better on the open floor.
  • Mat B.
    Mat BrownApril 21, 2016
    Like a miniature Terminal 5!
  • Carrie L.
    Carrie LawsonJune 10, 2016
    Great spot for metal concerts
  • Finley B.
    Finley Bomer-LawsonOctober 24, 2015
    Intimate, but still holds a crowd. Classic feel.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ColomerJuly 11, 2012
    Just go VIP. Its better then being General Admission and dickheads
  • Xiao H.
    Xiao HazardAugust 10, 2013
    Moshpit and crowd surf all day long
  • 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.
  • Cris F.
    Cris FlemisterJune 18, 2012
    Food and drinks served at this venue! 
  • Joe F.
    Joe FauciAugust 29, 2010
    Envy on the coast farewell tour, amazing. Oh the sleeping was alright too...
  • Staci
    StaciSeptember 19, 2011
    Weird set-up, overpriced drinks, always too crowded...definitely not one of my top choices to see a show
  • Douglas
    DouglasDecember 9, 2014
    Shows, jams
  • Durga U.
    Durga UsagiJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    not my fav venue but their vip area is pretty kick ass! :0D
  • Latice (Lee Lee) W.
    Latice (Lee Lee) WashingtonJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best concerts of my life were here!
  • Tatiana B.
    Tatiana BanksDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing venue for any show.
  • Joe M.
    Joe M.January 26, 2013
    $12 beers and douchebag staff
  • Cat M.
    Cat MarcascianoNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink before you get there. $2 tallboy of coors or bud for $12?! Really?
  • Phoenix E.
    Phoenix EDecember 12, 2013
    Reggie watts opener?
  • 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!!
  • David S.
    David SarchJuly 13, 2011
    It's $12 for the 24 ounce bud's now
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren De LucaJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mandatory bag check for all backpacks and messenger bags? For reals?! That's just straight up bull.
  • Jarid M.
    Jarid MagedJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    play an epic game of soccer with the empty cans on the floor after the show ends.
  • Paul I.
    Paul IdrovoJune 10, 2016
    Concert venue
  • Danielle C.
    Danielle CofezerNovember 5, 2013
    Great venue. Read more
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaMarch 24, 2016
    Balcony is clutch
  • 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.
  • Sonny B.
    Sonny ByrdMarch 6, 2013
    Even for NYC this place is outrageous. $7 pbrs?? I mean you gotta go see your bands no matter what, but the sound and the prices of this place are shit.
  • 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.
  • Naim S.
    Naim SheriffOctober 26, 2013
    Since when do we pay $3 for a coat check!?
  • Maven O.
    Maven OmegaMarch 7, 2012
    Star killer on foursquare whutt!!
  • Neil D.
    Neil DesPresOctober 14, 2010
    Get a $10 huge can of budweiser. Orrrrr, don't.
  • howie a.
    howie abramsJuly 14, 2010
    Still one of the best venues in NYC!
  • Dani Z.
    Dani ZDecember 1, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't forget to tip the Coatcheck ladies!
  • Brian G.
    Brian GMarch 14, 2010
    Fuckeheads at the door took my knife. For a seated henry rollins show. Doorman showed me his gun. Classy joint
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel S.December 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Used to be the best, now the WORST venue - money hungry owners! Such bullshit! F this place!!
  • sharese s.
    sharese smallingMay 24, 2012
    The Early November forever and ever
  • Susan H.
    Susan HollandMay 29, 2010
    I did this and it was never awesome. Bad luck every time I went to see a show, which was only 3 times but still... :\
  • Virginia R.
    Virginia Records USOctober 21, 2013
    More like Serving the Swerving underage.
  • Desiree M.
    Desiree MaranaOctober 19, 2011
    Go nekkid it's a hot one!!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MatthewsAugust 19, 2010
    Say hi to Darren Carew, he's got a buzz
  • Nicky D.
    Nicky DigitalFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Shake. It.
  • Tracey N.
    Tracey NSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    $12 a beer and no passouts.
  • Brett P.
    Brett PeterselOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Atari Teenage Riot?
  • Reeves
    ReevesNovember 17, 2014
    Never again will I go to a Grits and Biscuits it was a complete bad shit show and the police shut it down at1:30am #g&b
  • Steph G.
    Steph GomezDecember 12, 2011
    No DSLRs!! They charge $3 to watch it for you at coat check
  • Chris K.
    Chris KanuckFebruary 24, 2011
    Fuck lol! Meatloaf rox!!!
  • Matt G.
    Matt GoodwinOctober 13, 2010
    Be careful on the stairs, seen a girl with a broken face on the way in...
  • Juliana R.
    Juliana RomanoMarch 14, 2010
    Wheelchair accessible
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn McCarthyFebruary 9, 2012
    Shitty venue in my option. I'd rather go to best buy theatre.
  • Barbra D.
    Barbra DietzschDecember 10, 2014
    Ótima qualidade de som, espaço amplo, ar condicionado bombando, serviço excelente e o show no dia que fui (do Common), idem!!
  • Carmen A.
    Carmen AlvarezNovember 13, 2015
    Fue increíble ver el concierto de Pablo alborán en New York #TourterralUSA #IrvingPlaza
  • Raheem K.
    Raheem KAugust 21, 2015
  • Hank T.
    Hank ThePigeonJune 14, 2012
    Q-Tip - Offline
  • NiEtanyaa I.
    NiEtanyaa IiooMay 18, 2012
    glamouR (ʃƪ˘˘ﻬ)
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