The Bowery Presents

Terminal 5

Music Venue, Concert Hall, and Rock Club
Hell's Kitchen, New York
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  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 20, 2012
    Huge venue, huge shows. Bars on each floor, beware the makeshift bar on the first floor and go directly to the REAL bar unless you're just ordering a beer. Also beware of craigslist fake tickets!
  • JT T.
    JT TeranNovember 15, 2015
    Saw Tove Lo here and I was honestly impressed with how nice the venue was in general. There are three levels that overlook the main stage so you can honestly get a great view of the artist everywhere.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarDecember 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    People might complain, but T5 has held some amazing concerts in this 3 floored space. Good views no matter what level you're on. Fun fact: nicest bathrooms I've ever seen in a venue.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BreierJuly 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If your idea of a good show is to stand on a 3rd floor balcony and watch it on some flat panel TVs next to 1,100 mental toddlers from Hoboken, you've come to the right place.
    Upvoted Aug 3
  • Rafael D.
    Great staff and well spaced for different kinds of fans of the music playing. You have a large open floor and two more levels of balconies for people to enjoy the shows. Cheap tickets too
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertNovember 6, 2014
    coat check on the 2nd floor on the right behind the bar, $3 per item, cash only
  • Mike L.
    Mike LewisFebruary 6, 2012
    Great venue. Speakers can really pump the bass and the crowd is energetic. The balconies are great if you don't want to see the act. Get into the crown to really feel it. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
    RCRD LBLFebruary 28, 2011
    Originally an old factory, this three story venue hosts some of the biggest indie bands in town. For the best seats in the house, get here early and snag a table on one of the mezz levels--the third f
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertNovember 6, 2014
    the roof deck bar may be less crowded and more quiet if you want to get a quick drink, chat with friends, or take a smoke break
  • Ilissa G.
    Ilissa GilmoreFebruary 11, 2016
    Second floor has a nice bar and an ATM; third floor has pretty clean bathrooms with trippy lighting. Get there EARLY, like you're waiting for a flight.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 18, 2011
    This is one of the largest venues for live music in NYC, so it can get quite crowded – think lines galore. The acoustics are ok, but they do get great headliners.
  • Fazeela M.
    Fazeela MohammedDecember 4, 2014
    Unless your under 22 the best place to enjoy shows is on the 3rd fl. lounge area near the bar. Your here to enjoy live music. You don't need your eyes for that, people hovering around the rails annoy
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan ThomasDecember 27, 2015
    The venue hosts big time acts but suffers from some bad sights lines if you aren't on the floor or hanging off the side of one of the levels. The sound is good on some nights. The bathrooms are great.
  • Shruti R.
    Shruti RamaswamySeptember 8, 2014
    Great concert venue! Avoid standing all the way in the back. The amount of people going back and forth, drove me crazy. Acoustics aren't that great but every band plays there!
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseNovember 7, 2015
    Soo far from everything - but attracts some good names. Shows will typically sell out as the date approaches so buy tickets in advance.
  • Alcione
    AlcioneJuly 10, 2012
    Great concert venue. The three levels are great, your view is great from anywhere. In summer though, beware the heat gets deadly, despite a blasting AC. Prepare to sweat.
  • Jason
    JasonApril 16, 2015
    The sight lines are really bad, so arrive early to get a view of the stage! Regardless, always a fun time and large crowd
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PetrozzaDecember 16, 2012
    Love shows at terminal 5! Summer shows are the best! They have nice sitting area outside where u can sit, chill and drink. Very spacious!Great venue!
  • NYC P.
    NYC PunkNovember 14, 2011
    This is definitely not one of my fav venues. This is the place for touring acts who pass through. It's a multi leveled space and it usually gets pretty packed when it's a good show.
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.May 7, 2013
    Currently here seeing Flying Lotus. Best place to be is on the main floor on the raised bar from the back so you have easy access to brews and you don't get your ears blown out like you're used to.
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie P.February 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Not the best music venue in NYC (by far!) but still an enjoyable place to catch a show, especially if you've got a prime front row spot on the balcony level!
  • Jacob D.
    Jacob DavisNovember 15, 2014
    Cool enough spot to see a show. Get to the balconies for a good view and easy access to drinks
  • Roc Nation
    Roc NationJune 8, 2011
    Right in Hells Kitchen, be sure to check out their huge stage where every artist plays at one point in his/her career. Security can be tough, but the sound inside the venue is worth it!
  • People
    PeopleAugust 23, 2010
    This tri-level venue brings in must-see acts, from Lady Gaga toThe Gossip. Tip: Stake out a spot at the back of the main floor's bar; you'll get perfect views of the stage and easy-access to beer.
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen MeganAugust 26, 2014
    Great general admission concert venue. I'm not use to a place like this, more familiar with general admission lawn seats but this setup was awesome.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SohaydaMarch 17
    Big venue with multiple floors overlooking the stage, but get there early if you want to camp out along the railing for a good view. Exit doors to left of stage don't get opened after show oddly.
  • Robin M.
    Robin McCarthyNovember 29, 2014
    Huge venue with perfect sound. Bring a bite if an appetite for a pretzel, jerky or burger
  • Sharon T.
    Sharon TsaoNovember 16, 2015
    I love this place! There is lots of space, many bars, and a lot of air above the dance floor. Coat check is a little long though.
  • Da V.
    Da VidOctober 25, 2013
    So, my GF had a thai chicken wrap and a cookie left over from dinner. Security wouldn't let her in with either nor let her give them to a homeless person. Security kept the cookie, tossed the wrap:)
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 16, 2015
    One of the best music venues in NYC. It gets big time acts but also is General Admission, so you can get right in the middle of the pit or right in front of the stage.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle McGillNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Very big venue, sound is great at the barricade! Bathrooms have a sagely old gentleman hooking you up with cologne, paper towels, and soaps... Classy!
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoOctober 12, 2014
  • Chase W.
    Chase WilliamsJuly 8, 2010
    Saw one republic here, one of the best live shows I've ever seen and the acoustics were just fine. I was previously a touring musician and played in hundreds of venues across the us. Great venue
  • kibbe
    kibbeMay 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sight lines are a little rough here, so make sure if you find a decent spot that you stay there and take turns with a friend to grab drinks, etc.
  • Gus H.
    Gus HookansonNovember 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    When I am at terminal5 I go to the American retro bar and grill. They give me $1 off drafts and cocktails before and aftervthe show. Just show your ticket. Coolness!
  • Veronique L.
    Veronique LeeApril 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Least favorite venue in NY. If you're more than 30 feet from the stage, you might as well listen from outside because you can't see anything. I only come here to see must see bands, like Dr. Dog.
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenJuly 28, 2015
    The railings fill up quickly on the second and third floors...if you aren't there to see the opener you might have to stand towards the back.
  • todd a w.
    todd a williamsMarch 19, 2016
    Great place to see a show, mostly standing room only in front of the stage. Seating around the bars. Nice venue
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyMay 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're here, it's probably because T5 booked a band you really love. So suck it up, arrive early, get a spot on the floor, and enjoy the show, despite the venue smelling like a locker room.
  • Donald R.
    Donald RNovember 2, 2010
    Saw Florence + the Machine on 11/1/2110. AMAZING! Get there at least an hour before the doors open if you want to be close to the stage. Also--Cleanest public bathroom I've ever been in.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertNovember 6, 2014
    the music from the show plays on the roof deck until 10pm Sun-Thu and 11pm Fri-Sat
  • Brian M.
    Brian McFaddenMarch 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great sound system, but the band has to be really loud and extremely captivating of the entire audience to offset the soul-sucking qualities this venue has.
  • Rei
    ReiMarch 12, 2016
    Very crowded.. Pillars make it hard to see.. Get there early to get good spot! Cool rooftop waiting area if you're really early haha
  • David H.
    David Hernandez IIIJanuary 29, 2015
    Loved it. The concert was amazing, space was nice. Bartender not super friendly, but not terrible speed-wise. I'd go back. #duh #whosplaying
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertNovember 6, 2014
    if the line for the 2nd floor bathrooms is too long, try the roof deck bathrooms down the other hallway - they may be totally empty
  • Tom M.
    Tom MengJune 5, 2015
    This place gets crowded! Go upstairs and sit against the railing to get the best view in the house!
  • Will O.
    Will OliverAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    One of my least favorite venue's in NYC. They have the unfriendliest security that you will find anywhere. The sound can be hit or miss. Only go if you really REALLY love the band.
  • Joey L.
    Joey LaCroixAugust 2, 2012
    Since it's illegal to charge for ice water, they keep a cooler with cups on the back side of second floor. Hidden clean bathrooms too!
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertNovember 6, 2014
    if the weather is chilly, enjoy a hot spiced cider on the roof deck
  • Cody S.
    Cody SmithApril 8, 2012
    If you watch on the floor, especially in the front few rows, be prepared to encounter assholes and pushers. The balcony is a nice chill spot.
  • Lily
    LilyDecember 28, 2014
    Great concert venue. Coat check is a little out of the way though; its up on the 2nd floor.
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The further away from the door you are the better the vibe. Walk past the crowd and you'll have way more space.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HeyertOctober 24, 2015
    I like this venue. Good air circulation and a lot of bars so no crowding when you want a drink.
  • William S.
    William StudartMarch 18, 2016
    Had a blast seeing Megadeth there. Good bars and great venue for concerts!
  • Sasha V.
    Sasha VolkovaNovember 10, 2015
    Amazing venue. Free water during concert from the refill station 😍 amazing sound so much space
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsJanuary 10, 2015
    Best place to catch a band before they hit the garden or Barclays but overall the venue is just okay. It gets crowded, it's in the middle of nowhere and the sight lines are not great
  • Joey P.
    Joey PedrasOctober 2, 2010
    Tip: If you get there early enough you will very likely have the chance to be front and center. Everyone show that I've seen there I've been in the front.
  • Drewski
    DrewskiOctober 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A venue of squandered potential. Too many tradeoffs: get close but be way to the side, arrive early but be stuck in your cramped spot, or go to the balcony and look over people's shoulders.
  • Celine G.
    Celine GJuly 27, 2010
    Saw NIN, The XX and Hot Chip here. Intimate venue but unless you get there early and grab a good spot close to the stage, you're stuck staring at screens all night long!
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YSeptember 9
    Go early for a good balcony spot if you're a short human.
  • CMJ
    CMJAugust 29, 2012
    Terminal 5 is one of the biggest venues utilized by the Bowery Presents team, and the site of a memorable performance from Louisiana indie-rockers Givers at CMJ 2011.
  • Mick Management
    Mick ManagementNovember 16, 2011
    Park yourself early by the railing by the back bar. You're elevated above others on the floor and near the booze :)
  • Christina
    ChristinaMay 21, 2015
    The view is great from any level. Also, having bars on every level is very convenient.
  • Kenan A.
    Kenan AliMay 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The bar in the back is always easier to get to. Also there is no credit card minimum if you're nice...
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CisekMay 4, 2015
    Great venue. The three levels always gives you a good view of the band.
  • Audrey B.
    Audrey BeermanFebruary 25, 2011
    Great venue, but general admission can be rough anywhere, especially at an all-ages show (aka the city's douchiest high school kids have something to prove - check, please).
  • Red F.
    Red FraggleApril 29, 2010
    Best place to stand is along the wall facing the stage in front of the bottom floor back bar. Get there early to snag a spot on thr elevated part.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Make friends with a V.I.P.--their section boasts unimpeded views--or arrive the moment the doors open for a chance of seeing your favorite band on stage. Read more
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CJune 25, 2014
    Fills up quickly, so get here early and secure your spot up front!
  • Albright I.
    Albright IdolDecember 8, 2011
    this is a great place for bands trust me my band has been trying to get in for months and we have played 5 venues we hope we can finally get in to this wonderful venue
  • Justin Z.
    Justin ZupnickOctober 17, 2014
    Some of the best artists come through this music venue. But it sucks if you're short.
  • Christian d.
    Christian de BottonOctober 1, 2016
    Excellent sound system, the space is well laid out, but the staff is incredibly rude.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin Burg1 week ago
    Head up to the third floor for space to stand and good views from above.
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sometimes bands are competing with the volume of an audience that's just there to talk. Loud shows are better suited here. Also, the special hasn't loaded last couple times I've been here.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMarch 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    With her iconic hit "Call Me Maybe", Carly Rae Jepsen took the world by storm and will be taking Terminal 5 as her own this Friday. Fri, 3/25, $28. Read more
  • Luciefer
    LucieferNovember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Interesting venue, sound system is not very good, decent amount of bars servicing, get there early if you want to be able to see the stage.
  • robin c.
    robin choFebruary 18, 2012
    Black banana was awesome. So raw. Unapologetic. Major lazor x dj green lantern drum kit + yeah yeah yeahs kinda sound. Righteous.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica T.December 11, 2014
    A secret is that a great snack here is beef jerky from the bar on the second floor
  • Thomas S.
    Thomas SopkovichMay 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Seen several shows here, not in total agreement with comments on acoustics. The first level up has good sound, good bar and great view of stage.
  • OurStage
    OurStageApril 6, 2011
    This is where all in-the-know music lovers go to see cool-enough-to hold-the-"indie"-moniker acts but popular enough to rock 3,000 attendees. Read more
  • Diane G.
    Diane GutmanNovember 4, 2011
    Great venue but scary security. Be prepared to get searched hardcore. Don't carry a bag and dress light if you don't wanna get fondled.
  • This Week on Lot
    This Week on LotJanuary 23, 2011
    Mixed feelings about this venue. Somewhat annoying to navigate. If you are in a chill mode, great some rail space up stairs, otherwise rage the floor.
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AlmogNovember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hey ignore what the people say, every concert I've seen here has been incredible.
  • Uber NYC
    Uber NYCMarch 21, 2013
    Transportation out of T5 isn't easy. Use Uber to skip the taxi madness late at night and hop in to your car while everyone wonders just how you did that.
  • Jeri R.
    Jeri ROctober 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Arrive early:on time: wait on long lines. Arrive after doors open and you have to squeeze in behind the back bar. They over sell for sold out shows. Terrible range of view of stage as it is Meh sound
  • Adrienne L.
    Adrienne LiuDecember 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Poorly designed venue for short people :( you can't see anything on the floor. If you want to see, you have to get there early and stand on the second and third floors by the railing
  • Heather L.
    Heather LynchJanuary 23, 2013
    The past few times I've come here I literally could NOT hear the music because so many people are screaming conversations. Go back to your dorm and listen to the album. Don't come to a live show.
  • Shon D.
    Shon DMay 2, 2014
    They get amazing bands. But the sound and overall venue sucks. I hate it when my favorite band plays here.
  • Vincent T.
    Vincent TDecember 23, 2013
    Like the venue but not the long lines outside, at coat check, and bathroom. Coat check is $3 and bottles water is $4.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuOctober 13, 2014
    Cool space with second and third floor lounge areas. Audio's not the best here.
  • Jill L.
    Jill LawsonAugust 26, 2014
    It's almost always super hot in here. So, you know, wear layers, and then seductively remove them throughout the concert.
  • Crissy
    CrissyOctober 11, 2010
    the acoustics truly are terrible. a lot of great people play here but it never sounds as great as it should. can't get a decent beer and the crowd is always full of douche bags.
  • Maria-Magdalena L.
    This was a nice nightclub. I thought the music and disco ball was great.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CurioneJuly 18, 2012
    Keep an eye out for music legends amongst the crowd. David Byrne was here last night and was having a blast!
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MillerOctober 30, 2013
    A lot of people hate this venue, but Irving Plaza is MUCH WORSE!! Get there early for a spot on the balcony railing.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniApril 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing bands and concerts. Crowds less enjoyable.
  • Dominic Solange C.
    This venue has the worst sound I have ever heard in all of my life! Even outdoor crappy festivals have better sound than here! Can't believe I drove down from Montreal! But the band was awesome!!!
  • Guillo ..
    Guillo ...March 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    All the best shows in the WORST venue.
  • Mychal 🍄
    Mychal 🍄October 1, 2014
    Big, three levels but can be hard to get a good view
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawFebruary 15, 2016
    Use the coat check line that comes down from the roof. Much quicker.
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroSeptember 29, 2015
    Lugar bacana pra ver um show, bem localizada, fácil de chegar! E ver Rancid aqui foi um p**@ show!!!
  • Bárbara C.
    Bárbara CaparrozAugust 10, 2014
    Os três andares ajudam a ver o show (principalmente para quem é baixinho). Bares rápidos e bem distribuídos no espaço.
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