The Bowery Presents

Bowery Ballroom

Rock Club and Music Venue
Lower East Side, New York
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 17, 2011
    One of our favorite places to see great live music. Grab a spot in the back next to the bar, you’ll still have a great view of the band and convenient access to refill your drink!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchulweisDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Similar set up and size to Music Hall of Williamsburg: solid acts and it allows fans to head upstairs to escape the the crowd and snag a few beers. Great spot for shows (and close to subways!)
  • Peter W.
    Peter WuAugust 7, 2014
    My favorite concert venue in NY. Great acoustics, w/ an intimate feel. They do a great job of booking indie bands that complement the space. Don't forget to check out the balcony!
  • Javier R.
    Javier RamosMay 28, 2015
    It is a great venue. I came here to see Kiasmos and Beacon, and the atmosphere downstairs was very intimate. Upstairs, everything was definitely amazing.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down the best venue to see live music in the city. I've been coming here over 10 years and can't imagine the music scene without it.
  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Head to the balcony, the views and sound are great from up there, you can avoid the crowds on the floor (if you want to) and you can get a drink quick from the bar up there.
  • Anna A.
    Anna AloisioOctober 4, 2012
    Walk a few blocks over to the corner of Kenmare and Mulberry and check out Toby's Public House. They have the best brick-oven pizza and wood-fired specialties, great drinks and an awesome atmosphere!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    The Bowery Ballroom has been one of the city's premiere rock venues since opening on the Lower East Side in 1997, hosting hip bands by the boatload in its intimate, 550-person space. Read more
  • RCRD LBL
    RCRD LBLFebruary 28, 2011
    This New York mainstay is a must for any indie music fan. Don't leave too soon after the show because you can usually catch the talent having a drink at the end of the night in the downstairs bar.
  • Ear Candy Go: Music
    Ear Candy Go: MusicJanuary 4, 2012
    Snag a table upstairs and pretend you're a VIP or grab a drink in the basement to take a break from the noise. Fantastic sound and great sightlines make this a downtown favorite. Read more
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatJuly 10, 2012
    Converted into a music venue in 1997, the Bowery Ballroom features artists from all genres. It's very spacious and the balcony is a great place to take it all in!
  • H B.
    H BombzApril 9, 2012
    The best sound around Front left to avoid b smart &don't push the ladies dudes. If the chick behind you is teeny tiny be nice & let her in front of your 6'6" badass self she'll be super greatful!
  • Lower East Side Partnership
    Leave no talent unturned at The Bowery Ballroom, a surprisingly intimate, while still large and in charge Lower East Side live music venue. Many levels of fame have graced the stage.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsSeptember 13, 2014
    Great place to catch a band before they get famous. Small, intimate venue. Seats along the balcony if you get early enough but you really want to be down on the floor.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarDecember 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Any venue I rate, I say they're a great place to see live music. But Bowery Ballroom is by & far one of the greatest. Whether your on the floor or up in the balcony, you're sure to have a great time.
  • Stanley S.
    Stanley StuyvesantOctober 12, 2011
    “I try to go to shows as much as possible, and this is, hands down, my favorite venue in the city. It has the best acoustics, and the roster of bands is always interesting.” Read more
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RhoadesJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This venue is the perfect size and has several nice bars with quick service. Catch your favorite up-and-coming indie band here before they get too popular to play such an intimate club.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoApril 5, 2011
    One of the best music venues in NY. It books great bands, both well known and up-and-coming. If you’re curious about an artist, this is where you seem them. And it does not oversell the space!! Read more
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarMarch 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite venue in NYC. Never crowded even when sold out, amazing stage views and little to no wait for drinks. What's not to like?
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KiyanaDecember 20, 2012
    This place is very spacious. Downstairs is where you can get a drink and listen to music and upstairs you are up close and personal to the stage and crowd.
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyApril 19, 2013
    The Bowery Ballroom can be tricky, because of its layout. First you go downstairs, then head for the back left corner of the bar area for the stairwell to the venue. Don't go other ways! Read more
  • Bumper S.
    Bumper ShineDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Though many shows at the Bowery sell out in advance, if you get there early enough on the night of a show, you can usually get tickets at the door.
  • Teen Vogue
    Teen VogueNovember 9, 2010
    This is my absolute favorite venue in NYC. The club has a classic design and intimate feel. The best place to stand is up on the balcony, directly behind the soundboard. —Leigh Belz, features director
  • Valerie L.
    Valerie LaiFebruary 6, 2013
    Favorite mid-size music venue in New York. Consistently draws in the best indie bands. If the show you want is sold out, try Music Hall of Williamsburg (they usually play there too).
  • Rachel I.
    Rachel IvyJanuary 31
    Great bands come through this venue, and the balcony section is pretty great (don't worry it has a bar!)
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PetrielloSeptember 18, 2013
    I've been coming here for over a decade now, and it's still one of the best places to see a show that I've ever been to.
  • Of A Revolution
    Of A RevolutionFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best seats @ Bowery are upstairs adjacent to the bar overlooking the floor/stage. Stop by the Morrison Hotel Gallery b4 on Prince Street to see some amazing photography. - Benj Gershman of O.A.R.
  • Christy C.
    I think this has the best sound out of all the Bowery Presents venues. It is a nice, semi-big space where great bands play.
  • Joe Bastianich
    Joe BastianichMay 2, 2012
    One of my favorite places to see shows in NYC. Great acoustics, small enough space to feel intimate. Check out the downstairs bar.
  • Ken W.
    Ken WestApril 14
    Much respect for Vanessa behind the bar - a pro - one of the (amazingly) few bartenders in NYC that knows how to make a vodka gimlet the right way
  • The Bowery Presents
    Get there early to grab a spot on the balcony right behind the soundboard. You’ll have the perfect view and nobody will knock into your drink.
  • William S.
    William SDecember 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Get there early enough and wait by the back stairs by the women's bathroom till they open doors ... Almost guaranteed to get a spot right down front
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanApril 6, 2015
    Such a great venue! Can't tell you how much I appreciate a good show AND being able to get to the bar / bathroom without trampling / shoving people. Makes the experience 10x better.
  • Rachael G.
    Rachael GeeeNovember 11, 2011
    The mezzanine is great for low key relaxing, but the bathrooms are downstairs and it's a total battle to push through the crowd. You'll miss an entire set!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 9, 2011
    Converted into a music venue in 1997, the Bowery Ballroom features artists from all genres. It's spacious but the balcony is the best spot!
  • Jennifer  K.
    Jennifer  KimJune 24, 2012
    Get there early, go upstairs and grab the balcony seat, best seat in the house. Let the band serenade you from below.
  • This Week on Lot
    This Week on LotJanuary 23, 2011
    Great place to see a show. Good bar downstairs for pre-game. Venue allows re-entry for smokers. Have seen NO2 tanks outside post show, watch for water balloons though.
  • Metromix
    MetromixMarch 11, 2011
    This 3-level space has a strict door policy, with only 550 people allowed in. However, you'll also find an obsessive dedication to sound quality, stellar sightlines and top-tier booking. Read more
  • Mischa
    MischaSeptember 17, 2015
    This is a classic among music venues in NYC, one small ones have to say, but with a lot of magic within its walls.
  • Sameepa S.
    Sameepa ShettyAugust 18, 2013
    Great great place to have an interesting dance/musical experience. Sticky floor..but you get passed that soon enough!
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesAugust 27, 2012
    Did you know the Bowery Ballroom was built just before the stock market crash of 1929? Much of the 1929 construction still remains, including a VIP room behind the stage. Read more
  • Robin J.
    Robin JohannsenMarch 16, 2015
    This is a wonderful venue for seeing artists. The show will be excellent but you'll still feel close to the band.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 16, 2015
    For a good view of the show, watch from the balcony near the soundboard. Can get up there with general admission.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 16, 2015
    Awesome music venue in SoHo. Gets very good acts but has a more intimate atmosphere with the performers.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonFebruary 11
    An awesome, intimate venue. A sold out show will never be overcrowded. The downstairs bar is cool, too.
  • Songkick
    SongkickAugust 3, 2011
    Intimate venue that welcomes an eclectic mix of high quality performing artists to its stage. Be prepared for it to get crowded though!
  • CMJ
    CMJAugust 29, 2012
    Who would have thought that an old department store would turn into one of the city's best music venues? Established in 1997, the Bowery Ballroom quickly become a mecca for indie-rock fans.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseApril 6, 2015
    My new favorite spot for shoes. It's set up similarly to Terminal 5 with the second level but much more intimate.
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeNovember 21, 2015
    great, chill space for going to shows. the acoustics are great, and most of the fellow concertgoers are rad!
  • SideTour
    SideTourMay 8, 2012
    Get here a little early and grab a spot on the balcony. The venue's small and the music is eclectic and interesting.
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