The Bell House

The Bell House

Rock Club, Bar, and Event Space
Gowanus, Brooklyn
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  • Stars
    Has a stamp of approval from Time Out New York and The Corcoran Group
    • Time Out New York
    • The Corcoran Group
  • Tips
    Dolly M.
    "Great space for comedy shows as well as panel discussions."(6 Tips)
    Dave M.
    "Keep tabs on when Ask Me Another is taping."(4 Tips)
    Harry H.
    "Look for one of Matt Timms amazing food Takedowns"(3 Tips)
    Mohit S.
    "get there early, get a dub pie and beer before the show."(3 Tips)
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  • Samantha C.heart icon on user image
    Samantha CoulsonAugust 17, 2016
    So many great events - I've been here for 2 Dope Queens, Secret Science Club, Spice World Sing Along, and more. Good selection of beers, and good views of he stage from just about anywhere in the room
    Upvoted Apr 6
  • TK .
    TK 🍦🍷December 29, 2013
    A wonderful venue for live music in an odd corner of Bklyn. The hall's not so big wherever you stand, there's a good view. Staff: kind & mellow, beer menu: interesting, plus: there's a photo booth!
    Upvoted Mar 1
  • KE
    KEAugust 8, 2016
    Shows, podcast tapings and dance parties here are so fun. The sound is great! My advice: bring $3 cash so you can use the photo booth :)
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 12, 2012
    Stellar two room music and events venue. great bands, the best indie comedians. plenty of unobstructed views. Secret Science Club a must for all nerdlings.
  • Olga S.
    Olga StrachnaNovember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Was my first time here and love this place already! Awesome crowd and spacious back room stage space. Will definitely come back for a show/ event. Bartender was really nice also
  • The Brew Noob
    The Brew NoobAugust 30, 2013
    Come for the shows/concerts/cookoffs, stay for the selection of craft beers! It's not the largest set of drafts in town, but they keep a variety of styles and usually a couple local brews.
  • Bobby H.
    Bobby HankinsonSeptember 9, 2014
    Hands down my favorite venue in Brooklyn. Whether it's a dance party, a comedy show or a touring artist, the Bell House is the best. Drink cans of Sofia and feel fancy.
  • Sean S.heart icon on user image
    Sean SmithOctober 4, 2015
    I've caught a few shows here and like the space. Lots of great comedy. Good beer on tap. Make sure to show up a little early and grab a good seat!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    One of the top music venues in the borough, the Bell House hosts big-name rock musicians, cult comedy acts, and weekly trivia and karaoke in the bustling front bar area. Read more
  • loran j.heart icon on user image
    loran jonakJune 9, 2016
    Great place to see a show or hear some good music. Get there early or be happy standing. Good beer choices plus wine and drinks
  • Buford B.heart icon on user image
    Buford BarnesJanuary 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Venue that also hosts the monthly Secret Science Club (see, and annual Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest.
  • CMJ
    CMJAugust 29, 2012
    In 2009, Japandroids began their inexorable rise with a Post-Nothing era show at the Bell House for CMJ that is still shaking the cobwebs from the ceiling to this day.
  • Dave K.
    Dave KnapikJuly 27, 2013
    Whilst most NYC venues have a load of attitude, this is the nicest venue staff I've encountered. I just asked the hand stamp check girl if they sold ear plugs, and she just gave me a pair. Way cool!
  • Juan H.heart icon on user image
    Juan HernandezJune 17, 2016
    Great venue for a concert or then Taping of NPR's Ask Me Another. The main room is huge and there are no columns in the middle of the room, so there really are no bad views.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BannonDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    A bit off the beaten path, but one of the best music venues in the city. Friendly staff and great drink selection. Stand just to the right or left of stage and you can usually get pretty close up!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LMay 13, 2014
    Best to arrive at comedy shows here early. Seating very limited. Tho, probably shouldn't tell you that. It's gonna make me have to get here earlier. Know what? Forget I said anything. Plenty seating.
  • Ear Candy Go: Music
    Ear Candy Go: MusicJanuary 12, 2012
    Grab a draft, best selection hands down for a quality venue. They get a lot of great last minute shows too so be sure to follow them on twitter. Finish the night w/ a photo booth session. Read more
  • Meg L.heart icon on user image
    Meg LewisApril 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing place to see a comedy show, live band or even podcast recording! Unique space, great beer selection, and cheap-ish tickets.
  • raymondweil
    raymondweilOctober 11, 2011
    Converted from a 1920's warehouse, The Bell House was called "a welcome oasis" by TimeOut. It's also voted as one of the best music venues! Because Independence is a state of mind.
  • Leah F.heart icon on user image
    One of the really cool places near my house! I gotta get on the email list so I don't miss any neat events
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HarperJune 2, 2019
    A variety of fun and wacky events
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 17, 2010
    Try one of our 12 draft beers, our refreshing cocktails or just sip down something from our large bourbon selection. Our food menu includes Dub Pies and our own delicious Kentucky Beer Cheese.
  • L. T.heart icon on user image
    L. T.December 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A great place to see a concert. The sound is amazing, actually. Who would have thought?!
  • TicketWeb
    TicketWebJuly 21, 2011
    You can hang out in the bar and listen to the band without actually paying admission. But it's a teaser because you'll end up wanting to hear more! It's great way to check out the scene before you go Read more
  • Sally R.heart icon on user image
    Sally RichardsonApril 1, 2016
    A friendly and fun night out. No horrible big groups of lads like back in the UK
  • Tim D.heart icon on user image
    Tim DengAugust 18, 2018
    They host events here. Had a great time at emojicon. Comfortably large venue
  • Taiowa W.heart icon on user image
    Taiowa WanerJanuary 18, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    A good place to see a niche live show and grab a good drink or some interesting food.
  • Manda S.
    Manda ShettletonOctober 28, 2012
    Love the events here, but the mixed drinks/wine are not good value. Pricy $$ and lackluster "cocktails." that said, where else am I going to sing-along, secret science club, or monster mash?
  • Ruth T.heart icon on user image
    Ruth TupeDecember 9, 2016
    Was here for a show an fits a great venue. Love the bar on the left side.
  • Ryan G.heart icon on user image
    Ryan GallagherNovember 29, 2019
    Really nice place to see a show. Two bars with good drink options.
  • Matthew F.heart icon on user image
    Matthew FergusonMarch 24, 2018
    Fun venue. We went here for a Buffalo, NY themed event.
  • Afi Y.heart icon on user image
    Afi Yellow-DukeOctober 16, 2015
    gorgeous venue… came here for a Brooklyn Book Fest party and had a ball.💃🏾 drinks are reasonably priced too!
  • Alisha S.
    Alisha SedorSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Kentucky Bourbon Barrel on tap is delicious (and has a high abv so be careful)! :)
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CJune 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A great, unpretentious spot to see comedy, music, and even a science lecture
  • Shahheart icon on user image
    ShahSeptember 18, 2014
    Hands down the best comedy venue in Brooklyn. Mixed seating, get there early.
  • Kate
    KateJanuary 1, 2012
    show up early. get your hand stamped first, then stand in line. seating is a free-for-all. don't be afraid to get tough - it is gowanus after all.
  • Chris F.heart icon on user image
    Chris FNovember 11, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    After nearly a decade open, still haven't figured out a good door policy to let people drink at the bar while waiting to get in.
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertJanuary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Bottles of Kaliber, which get poured into the same plastic cups as everything else, concealing your sober shame. #nonalcoholic
  • Brownstone Living NYCheart icon on user image
    Great event space. Enough versatility for all of life's special occasions.
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.January 25, 2015
    It's a nice party place. A bit out of the city centre but w/ F & G you can be there in half an hour.
  • Chris F.heart icon on user image
    Chris FAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Their ability to process tickets and get people into the show has gotten pretty abysmal over the last year - seems to consistently take at least an hour just to stamp hands and get a crowd in. :(
  • Chad L.heart icon on user image
    Chad LavimoniereJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Secret Science Club is no longer a secret. Arrive very early if you want a seat (or, ideally, stay away so there are seats for the rest of us).
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 27, 2010
    Huge bar up front, huge performance space in back, nice outdoor patio. Great drinks, food festivals, shows and more.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxNovember 20, 2013
    Meet astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM as he discusses his new book Neutrino Hunters, presented by the Secret Science Club. Read more
  • Nicole V.heart icon on user image
    Nicole VallesOctober 21, 2016
    Great show venue! Easy to get to By car
  • Natalie V.heart icon on user image
    Natalie VApril 23, 2017
    Came here for a secret science club event and it was a cool space
  • Chelseaheart icon on user image
    ChelseaOctober 5, 2014
    The photobooth's always broken but the giant space is great for a concert or dance party.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Bands rule most weekend, but midweek parties devoted to vintage T.V. shows (like "Saved by the Bell" and "Arrested Development") have become staples. Read more
  • Sara .heart icon on user image
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾October 8, 2016
    Awesome venue for concerts and parties.
  • Harold K.
    Harold KramerNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If your are going to a seated event here get here at least an hour before whatever time is printed on the tickets. Never enough seats and it's no fun watching comedy standing.
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