The Bowery Presents

Mercury Lounge

Rock Club, Music Venue, and Lounge · Lower East Side
217 E Houston St (btwn Ludlow & Essex St), New York, NY 10002, United States
Open until 7:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • Noon–7:00 PM
Beer, Wine
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & Discover)

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    Roc Nation
    "This intimate venue is almost always 21+ and also hosts great bands."(12 Tips)
    Gregory Pablo
    "Small stage."(4 Tips)
    Steve W.
    "up through the Bowery Presents foodchain"(3 Tips)
    Melissa R.
    "One of the best venues in NYC to see live music."(10 Tips)
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  • Foursquare Insiders

    "One of my favorite spots to see a band. 1 block away from the imfamous Katz's Deli." - Roy LaManna, Music Entrepreneur Read more

    Foursquare Insiders · October 29
  • Krista V.

    I've been here a couple of times to see some indie bands. I like the intimacy of the place. You can get a great view no matter where you stand. A good place if you like to experience bands up close.

    Krista VonVett · October 7
  • Charley T.

    Love this venue! Intimate and authentic. Must visit.

    Charley Todd · September 1
  • Brian M.

    They don't have "tickets," so it's best to grab online - and be sure to get your hand stamped if you plan to step outside.

    Brian Masefield · August 29
  • Brook S.

    Nice little venue. Beers are 8 bucks, but it's a clean place and fun crowd.

    Brook Shelley · August 6
  • Christen C.

    Great space for live music.

  • Elke N.

    Longstanding and still awesome! Great bar area and simply no bad standing room anywhere inside. Check out drink specials. You can't go wrong here <3

    Elke Nominikat · July 14
  • Natasha Z.

    Small music venue, really intimate crowd. Be ready for sound tech issues and crappy lighting, this is not your standard venue.

    Natasha Zuluaga · July 8
  • Anthony

    a classic venue. cheap drinks good music

    Anthony · May 29
  • Ben B.

    Set times listed are always a dirty, dirty lie. Come 45 minutes later than you're planning on coming.

    Ben Breier · May 12
  • Abigail A.

    Very similar to Bowery Electric.

  • Martha

    small venue, but great for seeing up-and-coming artists.

    Martha · February 10
  • Lindsay T.

    There are couches along the side all the way up to the stage. The minibar makes getting a drink very convenient.

    Lindsay Toussaint · February 1
  • Deb M.

    As you get off the F train go to the 1st Avenue Exit end of the platform and then exit the station at the Houston and Allen exit - it's a 3min walk along Houston - very easy.

    Deb M · January 31
  • Deb M.

    Great venue - really good sound and small enough to see your favs up close. If a band you might like is playing there, grab a ticket it'll be worth it...

    Deb M · January 31
  • Christina R.

    It gets hot in here. 🔥🔥

    Christina Rosado · January 21
  • Jason S.

    Very intimate venue and one where many acts get their start. Often 2 shows a night, and the separate rooms make it easy(ish) to get drinks in the outside room and go back and watch inside.

    Jason Schulweis · December 29, 2014
  • Ryan A.

    This is where the Beatles got famous

    Ryan Ambs · December 16, 2014
  • Kayleigh H.

    Great shows and always a fun crowd. Good draft beer selection.

    Kayleigh Harrington · December 14, 2014
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥

    See some of the best "up and comers"

    Phoenix 💥💥💥 · December 13, 2014
  • Andy M.

    One of my favorite music venues in any of the boroughs. Small audience area keeps concerts intimate. Downside is you need to jump on tickets when bigger names come through, but it is well worth.

    Andy Martens · November 4, 2014
  • Melissa R.

    One of the best venues in NYC to see live music. Great sound and intimate feel.

    Melissa Rosenthal · October 11, 2014
  • Peter W.

    Get tickets for all Bowery Presents concerts here and avoid ticketmaster processing fees!

    Peter Wu · October 5, 2014
  • Emma M.

    Great intimate gig space. Saw The Motor Thom. Fun night.

    Emma McVitie · September 29, 2014
  • ben m.

    One of the better venues in the city. Order a beer (drinks are pricey) in the back from the girl in the corner by the door, that we you don't miss a single note of the show.

    ben m · August 28, 2014
  • Chris ℳ.

    Support your local music scene :-)

    Chris ℳiddleton😈 · August 12, 2014
  • The Bowery Presents

    If the bar is crowded just keep on moving forward! There’s another in the main room.

    The Bowery Presents · June 6, 2014
  • David T.

    Don't stop just inside the door -- everyone does, but it's actually less crowded up front if you can make it through the mob blocking the door.

    David Taylor · June 1, 2014
  • Sarah L.

    If you're going to take pictures don't annoy everyone behind you- use the Concert Camera app

    Sarah Lensing · April 26, 2014
  • parker j.

    New Year's Eve 2014 Party at Mercury Lounge - New York, NY early @ Tuesday December 31, 2013.Grab Your Tickets @

    parker jayden · December 18, 2013
  • Jazmin L.

    First civilized concert I've been to in NYC. Lovin it!

    Jazmin Lui · November 14, 2013
  • Virginia R.

    In telling you, IT's really a Rural town with a lot of Common Wealth

    Virginia Records US · October 21, 2013
  • SPIN

    When the front bar is packed you can order from the tiny bar in the main room. Sometimes it's faster.

    SPIN · October 15, 2013
  • Angel L.

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    Angel Lee · October 4, 2013
  • Nathaniel T.

    Rocket and the Ghost were awesome. The sound is great @ the Mercury Lounge.

    Nathaniel Thorne · October 4, 2013
  • Henry

    Like SONGZA and check in during an event!

    Henry · October 1, 2013
  • Songza 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.

    Songza Music · September 27, 2013
  • Larry L.

    Come for the music. Stay for the Magic Hat #9

    Larry Lieberman · August 21, 2013
  • Fadia K.

    Awesome venue with great sound!

    Fadia Kader · July 20, 2013
  • Alex M.

    Great place for bands! Very similar to Caradura in Mexico, DF

    Alex Moreno-Martz · July 10, 2013
  • Chelsea Mae H.

    Lets all donate to get the Merc Lounge a curtain or SOMETHING to make encores less awkward.

    Chelsea Mae Hassman · May 31, 2013
  • JC E.

    This is a great show venue - I went to cover the Latin Alternative Music Conference and it was a great time. Their bartenders were pretty chill and their drinks were delish. Two thumbs up

    JC Earle · December 25, 2012
  • Melinda R.

    The music is always awesome!

    Melinda Rhodes · October 21, 2012
  • Stephen K.

    One of the best sounding venues

    Stephen Kreick · October 3, 2012
  • Chris C.

    Sets start late, but if you get there on time, you might find seats at one of the two benches that comprise the entirety of the seating options..

    Chris Cummings · October 2, 2012
  • Rob B.

    Horrible sound quality. Feels like a garage band in the most literal sense. Not flattering to the bands at all :/

    Rob Brogan · September 29, 2012
  • Concert Ticket Agency

    Great intimate venue. Bands love playing here, you'll love seeing them here. Just grab your drinks on the way in and stake out your place on the floor. It's going to get crowded.

    Concert Ticket Agency · September 20, 2012
  • CMJ

    This 250-capacity club has played host to many memorable CMJ breakout bands. In 2004, Arcade Fire graced its stage; in 2009, Mumford & Sons took baby steps on their rise with a CMJ appearance here.

    CMJ · August 29, 2012
  • Tamara H.

    Snag a spot on the benches lining the walls, or bop back by the sound booth. Check in, check your email, and pretend your friend is just a block away.

    Tamara H · August 6, 2012
  • Steve R.

    Best small (<300 capacity) venue in the city. If a band's got buzz catch them here, the Merc is the last intimate show they'll do.

    Steve Ritter · July 19, 2012

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