The Bowery Presents

Mercury Lounge

Rock Club, Music Venue, and Lounge
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MOctober 5, 2016
    Catch a rising star here - many bands cut their teeth at this spot
  • Jeffrey E.
    Jeffrey EasleyAugust 20, 2016
    The setting, sound system
  • Caroline C.
    Caroline ChungMay 29, 2016
    Great small venue for music lovers discovering up and coming talent!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneMay 28, 2016
    Shows are almost always behind schedule. Do a walk-by of the chalkboard and kill time at a nearby bar until your show starts.
  • Feargal
    FeargalMarch 18, 2016
    Great little intimate venue.
  • K
    KFebruary 6, 2016
    Great venue. Small but cozy. 2 bars.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJanuary 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Save on ticketing fees by visiting the box office here Tuesday thru Saturday, 12-6. Cash only though.
  • Lower East Side Partnership
    Live music? Check. DJs? Check. Full bar? DUH. Mercury Lounge is a guaranteed good time, as it transforms effortlessly day in and evening out from live music lounge to dance party.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarDecember 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This near-legendary venue has hosted some of the biggest names before they got big: The Strokes, Sam Smith, Leon Bridges. A nice, intimate place to catch incredible music, perhaps the next big thing.
  • Foursquare Insiders
    Foursquare InsidersOctober 29, 2015
    "One of my favorite spots to see a band. 1 block away from the imfamous Katz's Deli." - Roy LaManna, Music Entrepreneur Read more
  • Krista V.
    Krista VonVettOctober 7, 2015
    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.
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddSeptember 1, 2015
    Love this venue! Intimate and authentic. Must visit.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldAugust 29, 2015
    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.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 6, 2015
    Nice little venue. Beers are 8 bucks, but it's a clean place and fun crowd.
  • Christen C.
    Great space for live music.
  • Elke N.
    Elke NominikatJuly 14, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    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
  • Natasha Z.
    Natasha ZuluagaJuly 8, 2015
    Small music venue, really intimate crowd. Be ready for sound tech issues and crappy lighting, this is not your standard venue.
  • Anthony
    AnthonyMay 29, 2015
    a classic venue. cheap drinks good music
  • Ben B.
    Ben BreierMay 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Set times listed are always a dirty, dirty lie. Come 45 minutes later than you're planning on coming.
  • Abigail A.
    Very similar to Bowery Electric.
  • Martha
    MarthaFebruary 10, 2015
    small venue, but great for seeing up-and-coming artists.
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    There are couches along the side all the way up to the stage. The minibar makes getting a drink very convenient.
  • Deb M.
    Deb MJanuary 31, 2015
    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.
    Deb MJanuary 31, 2015
    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...
  • Christina R.
    Christina RosadoJanuary 21, 2015
    It gets hot in here. 🔥🔥
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchulweisDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsDecember 16, 2014
    This is where the Beatles got famous
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh HarringtonDecember 14, 2014
    Great shows and always a fun crowd. Good draft beer selection.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥December 13, 2014
    See some of the best "up and comers"
  • Andy M.
    Andy MartensNovember 4, 2014
    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.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalOctober 11, 2014
    One of the best venues in NYC to see live music. Great sound and intimate feel.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WuOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get tickets for all Bowery Presents concerts here and avoid ticketmaster processing fees!
  • Emma M.
    Emma McVitieSeptember 29, 2014
    Great intimate gig space. Saw The Motor Thom. Fun night.
  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Chris ℳ.
    Chris ℳiddleton😈August 12, 2014
    Support your local music scene :-)
  • The Bowery Presents
    If the bar is crowded just keep on moving forward! There’s another in the main room.
  • David T.
    David TaylorJune 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LensingApril 26, 2014
    If you're going to take pictures don't annoy everyone behind you- use the Concert Camera app
  • parker j.
    parker jaydenDecember 18, 2013
    New Year's Eve 2014 Party at Mercury Lounge - New York, NY early @ Tuesday December 31, 2013.Grab Your Tickets @ http://tinyurl.com/mo83tka
  • Jazmin L.
    Jazmin LuiNovember 14, 2013
    First civilized concert I've been to in NYC. Lovin it!
  • Virginia R.
    Virginia Records USOctober 21, 2013
    In telling you, IT's really a Rural town with a lot of Common Wealth
  • SPIN
    SPINOctober 15, 2013
    When the front bar is packed you can order from the tiny bar in the main room. Sometimes it's faster.
  • Angel L.
    Angel LeeOctober 4, 2013
    Let the best web designers bid for your project! Read more
  • Nathaniel T.
    Nathaniel ThorneOctober 4, 2013
    Rocket and the Ghost were awesome. The sound is great @ the Mercury Lounge.
  • Henry
    HenryOctober 1, 2013
    Like SONGZA and check in during an event!
  • Songza Music
    Songza MusicSeptember 27, 2013
    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.
  • Larry L.
    Larry LiebermanAugust 21, 2013
    Come for the music. Stay for the Magic Hat #9
  • Fadia K.
    Fadia KaderJuly 20, 2013
    Awesome venue with great sound!
  • Alex M.
    Alex Moreno-MartzJuly 10, 2013
    Great place for bands! Very similar to Caradura in Mexico, DF
  • Chelsea Mae H.
    Chelsea Mae HassmanMay 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Lets all donate to get the Merc Lounge a curtain or SOMETHING to make encores less awkward.
  • JC E.
    JC EarleDecember 25, 2012
    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
  • Melinda R.
    Melinda RhodesOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The music is always awesome!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KreickOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best sounding venues
  • Chris C.
    Chris CummingsOctober 2, 2012
    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..
  • Rob B.
    Rob BroganSeptember 29, 2012
    Horrible sound quality. Feels like a garage band in the most literal sense. Not flattering to the bands at all :/
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 20, 2012
    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.
  • CMJ
    CMJAugust 29, 2012
    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.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HAugust 6, 2012
    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.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RitterJuly 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Alexander F.
    Alexander ForsénJuly 3, 2012
    IT'S SO LOUD MUSIC THERE THAT YOU really HAVE TO TAKE EARPLUGS WITH YOU OR YOUR HEARING WILL BE IMPAIRED. WHAT? CAPS LOCK!? SORRY I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
  • ully j.
    ully juliaJune 8, 2012
    nice place..
  • Washington Square Hotel
    Terrific little venue for on the brink acts.
  • Joe Bastianich
    Joe BastianichMay 2, 2012
    One of the best music venues in the city, hands down. Small, never too packed, No pretension here, just good music.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LishinApril 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Super secret tip: there's a bar in the main room!
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 16, 2012
    “Most of the bands hang out with their fans at the bar pre- and post-performance, so grab a spot there if you can.” More at http://www.partyearth.com/venues/mercury-lounge.
  • AJ T.
    AJ TobeyApril 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The gateway to fame and fortune. Everyone pays their dues at Merc, but not everyone gets a pass to the next level.
  • Orhan C.
    Orhan CakirMarch 26, 2012
    İ was at next door (peri wine bar) last week before show start They have a Happy hour great wines and draft beer $5 and great pizza
  • exfm
    exfmFebruary 14, 2012
    Some of the best indie bands around come through this place which is great because the sound is great, but it's still a very intimate setting. Don't forget there's a bar in the back too!
  • Josh B.
    Josh BFebruary 4, 2012
    Light emanating from the face is a sure sign of genius.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WhalenJanuary 16, 2012
    Super Chill!!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BremmerJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It's not the band's fault, it's the sound.
  • Mary Alice R.
    Mary Alice RuppertJanuary 14, 2012
    Like Them!
  • Karen P.
    Karen ProppJanuary 14, 2012
    Good luck getting in the door in time to see your band. They only open the doors a few minutes before the show starts and force you stand outside forever.
  • Erica
    EricaJanuary 13, 2012
    The overweight woman with glasses at the door is very rude and felt it necessary to hit me in the arm to get my attention.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SanchezDecember 23, 2011
    bring ear plugs...you're guna need them
  • Staci
    StaciDecember 13, 2011
    Drinks are expensive but it's a great little spot to see a band at!
  • DidiTH Ad! W.
    DidiTH Ad! W!jaYaDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing selection of music and a wonderful collection of people always. Come check out a show guys..!
  • Marq and Chriselle's Super Awesome Wedding
    InnerPartySystem was our first concert together before we started dating. Marq was impressed that she was open to see a band she never heard before and how she handled a pack of rowdy female groupies.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HenryNovember 15, 2011
    A "9:30" show actually means an 11:00 show
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LutzNovember 5, 2011
    great sound. books great bands.... like me!!!!
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Legendary tickets/door personal Maggie can be mistaken for extremely difficult and rude, but that's just a ruse. She's very nice and capable.
  • Adam L.
    Adam LaiacanoSeptember 28, 2011
    Good venue, terrible bar. Go to The Library across the street for drinks between bands.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BattagliaSeptember 20, 2011
    When the bouncer tells you that you can not stand in front of the venue, tell him you are waiting for the bus... The M21 stops right in front
  • .angela i.
    .angela inferreraAugust 12, 2011
    Good venue. Great band: Beat Radio.
  • hafeez r.
    hafeez rajiAugust 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Saw the ETTES here and in the same week The Juggs, small but intimate venue to check out shows Read more
  • Bloria T.
    Bloria TahariAugust 8, 2011
    Apollo Heights Read more
  • Ava L.
    Ava LuAugust 7, 2011
    great bands, weak drinks, stick with beer.
  • Sub Rosa Party
    Sub Rosa PartyJuly 29, 2011
    The Gay Blades 4Never
  • Portlandia
    PortlandiaJuly 27, 2011
    The small stage, energetic crowd and top-notch indie bookings make Mercury Lounge an anomaly in New York, where indie bands regularly play to thousands. Come smell the bands you love!
  • Gregory Pablo
    Gregory PabloJuly 26, 2011
    Nice space. Small stage. Expensive drinks: $6 - $8 for a beer on tap! Give me a brake! Come for the bands; get drunk elsewhere.
  • SPIN
    SPINJuly 22, 2011
    Cults say their Mercury Lounge gig was “the scariest show we’ve ever played, we had been a full band for less than a month.” Fun fact: The Strokes & Yeah Yeah Yeahs cut their teeth here too.
  • Mitchell
    MitchellJune 13, 2011
    Aside from the heat - great space with great bands. Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Show up after the opening acts are done and they might let you in gratis. Stick around at the bar after the show and rub shoulders with the bands--there's no other way out--for more free fun. Read more
  • Roc Nation
    Roc NationJune 8, 2011
    Any place that hosts Hip-hop karaoke is an automatic win! This intimate venue is almost always 21+ and also hosts great bands. Grab a drink when you first arrive, as the lines get notoriously long.
  • Brittney M.
    Brittney MoersJune 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this place, but the new guy who works the box office during the day is sooooo fucking rude!
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsMay 24, 2011
    Our concierge Ella at Smyth says that this lounge is always energetic with great indie music. Make it a weekly habit to visit Bowery Presents shows here at the Mercury lounge.
  • The Wild Honey Pie
    The Wild Honey PieApril 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You need to get to Mercury Lounge a bit early if you're expecting to get a good view. Sound is generally great and the booker does a fantastic job.
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comApril 13, 2011
    Mercury Cafe is one of those places where you can usually catch the small band that will soon be hitting it big. Tickets are usually $10-$15 and you won't leave disappointed. Read more
  • OurStage
    OurStageApril 6, 2011
    Great room for buzz bands to showcase for industry. Early shows during the week is recommended for optimum music biz attendance.
  • Otavio A.
    Otavio A. O. NetoApril 6, 2011
    voice street
  • Alexandre M.
    Alexandre MartineliOctober 10, 2015
    Bem legal o show que curtimos!!! Com cerveja gelada!!!!
  • Esteban L.
    Esteban LussichAugust 10, 2014
    Música en vivo
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