Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing
Sidewalk Bar & Restaurant is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

1. Sidewalk Bar & Restaurant

94 Avenue A (at E 6th St), New York, NY
Café · East Village · 154 tips and reviews

Songza MusicSongza Music: On Monday nights, The Sidewalk Cafe hosts NYC's most prestigious Open Mic Night where folks like Jeff Buckley and Beck got their start.

Mercury Lounge is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

2. Mercury Lounge

8.0
217 E Houston St (btwn Ludlow & Essex St), New York, NY
Rock Club · Lower East Side · 132 tips and reviews

Songza MusicSongza Music: If a NYC-based band makes it big it's not without playing Mercury Lounge first. Come here any night of the week and you might hear the next Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Strokes or The National.

Pianos is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

3. Pianos

7.3
158 Ludlow St (at Stanton St), New York, NY
Rock Club · Lower East Side · 268 tips and reviews

Songza MusicSongza Music: In addition to fresh new music coming out of the main room, Piano's often has more stripped-down acts perform upstairs. Also, the burgers are pretty darn good.

Parkside Lounge is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

4. Parkside Lounge

7.5
317 E Houston St (at Attorney St), New York, NY
Rock Club · Lower East Side · 86 tips and reviews
Rockwood Music Hall is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

5. Rockwood Music Hall

8.5
196 Allen St (btwn Stanton & E Houston St), New York, NY
Rock Club · Lower East Side · 143 tips and reviews

Songza MusicSongza Music: This institution for NYC singer-songwriters is intimate, inclusive, and free. You might even see local resident Norah Jones play an impromptu set here on occasion.

Knitting Factory is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

6. Knitting Factory

361 Metropolitan Ave (at Havemeyer St), Brooklyn, NY
Rock Club · Williamsburg · 126 tips and reviews
Arlene's Grocery is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

7. Arlene's Grocery

7.7
95 Stanton St (btwn Ludlow & Orchard St), New York, NY
Rock Club · Lower East Side · 103 tips and reviews

Songza MusicSongza Music: Epic live band karaoke Monday nights at 10pm. Bring your inner Axl Rose.

The Living Room is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

8. The Living Room

154 Ludlow St (btwn Stanton & Rivington St), New York, NY
Rock Club · Lower East Side · 49 tips and reviews
Bottom Lounge is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

9. Bottom Lounge

8.2
1375 W Lake St (btwn Loomis St & Ada St), Chicago, IL
Music Venue · Fulton Market · 78 tips and reviews
Schubas Tavern is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

10. Schubas Tavern

8.6
3159 N Southport Ave (at Belmont Ave), Chicago, IL
Music Venue · Lakeview · 85 tips and reviews
Bottom of the Hill is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

11. Bottom of the Hill

8.7
1233 17th St (at Missouri St), San Francisco, CA
Rock Club · Potrero Hill · 80 tips and reviews
Great American Music Hall is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

12. Great American Music Hall

9.0
859 Ofarrell St (btwn Polk St & Larkin St), San Francisco, CA
Rock Club · Tenderloin · 83 tips and reviews
The Independent is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

13. The Independent

9.2
628 Divisadero St (btwn Hayes & Grove St), San Francisco, CA
Rock Club · Alamo Square · 107 tips and reviews
The Showbox is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

14. The Showbox

8.6
1426 1st Ave (btwn Pike & Union), Seattle, WA
Rock Club · Pike Place · 65 tips and reviews
Neumos is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

15. Neumos

7.8
925 E Pike St (at 10th Ave), Seattle, WA
Music Venue · First Hill · 40 tips and reviews
Foundation Nightclub is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

16. Foundation Nightclub

2218 Western Ave Ste 100 (Blanchard), Seattle, WA
Night Club · Belltown · 12 tips and reviews
The Sinclair is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

17. The Sinclair

8.8
52 Church St (at Brattle St), Cambridge, MA
Rock Club · Harvard Square · 79 tips and reviews
Emo's East is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

18. Emo's East

7.4
2015 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX
Rock Club · Riverside · 33 tips and reviews
Hotel Cafe is one of Small Joints to find the Next Big Thing.

19. Hotel Cafe

8.4
1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd (at Selma Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Music Venue · Central Hollywood · 77 tips and reviews

Songza MusicSongza Music: While best know for launching the careers of singer-songwriters like Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles, Hotel Café also boasts it's very own tour and record label.