The Bell House

The Bell House

Rock Club and Bar
Gowanus, Brooklyn
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  • Dolly M.
    Dolly MJune 23
    Great space for comedy shows as well as panel discussions.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JohnsonApril 25
    A lovely event space.
  • Natalie V.
    Came here for a secret science club event and it was a cool space
  • Taiowa W.
    Taiowa WanerJanuary 18
    Been here 5+ times
    A good place to see a niche live show and grab a good drink or some interesting food.
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintDecember 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A great place to see a concert. The sound is amazing, actually. Who would have thought?!
  • Ruth T.
    Ruth TupeDecember 9, 2016
    Was here for a show an fits a great venue. Love the bar on the left side.
  • Chris F.
    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.
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VallesOctober 21, 2016
    Great show venue! Easy to get to By car
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoOctober 15, 2016
    Great venue but don't expect any places to eat afterwards
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾October 8, 2016
    Awesome venue for concerts and parties.
  • Samantha C.
    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
  • 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 :)
  • Adam B.
    Adam BrodskyJuly 29, 2016
    No bad seats at the bell house
  • Juan H.
    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.
  • loran j.
    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
  • Michael G.
    Michael GioiaApril 10, 2016
    Best place in BK.
  • Brownstone Living NYC
    Great event space. Enough versatility for all of life's special occasions.
  • Sally R.
    Sally RichardsonApril 1, 2016
    A friendly and fun night out. No horrible big groups of lads like back in the UK
  • Greg L.
    Greg LampMarch 1, 2016
    Try the empanadas
  • Gene B.
    Gene BJanuary 20, 2016
    Great time l
  • John D.
    John DuncanJanuary 19, 2016
    Bigger than it looks
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanJanuary 14, 2016
    Spacious. Good beer. Comfy couches.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GriffithDecember 31, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Secret society.
  • Caylin N.
    Caylin NietoDecember 20, 2015
    Good show venue..cheap bar.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldDecember 19, 2015
    Poorly managed door/entrance for shows. Two separate occasions, two different disasters with ticket handling, communication, and host/hostesses at door.
  • Damien B.
    Damien BrownNovember 29, 2015
    The Rub party!
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeOctober 16, 2015
    gorgeous venue… came here for a Brooklyn Book Fest party and had a ball.💃🏾 drinks are reasonably priced too!
  • Sean S.
    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!
  • Allison F.
    Allison F.September 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food and the champagne of beers
  • 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
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 8, 2015
    Check the site for upcoming events.
  • Bentley F.
    Bentley FerrainaJuly 14, 2015
    Shows are good
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CJune 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A great, unpretentious spot to see comedy, music, and even a science lecture
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotMay 5, 2015
    It's hard not to love a spot throwing a 90s dance party
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteFebruary 28, 2015
    I'm here for the Secret Science Club.
  • 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.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RudolphDecember 17, 2014
    The rub here is always so much fun
  • James C.
    James CDecember 8, 2014
    Nice place for an event. Cookie takedown was good. No egg nog like was advertised. Very disappointed.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaOctober 5, 2014
    The photobooth's always broken but the giant space is great for a concert or dance party.
  • Shah
    ShahSeptember 18, 2014
    Hands down the best comedy venue in Brooklyn. Mixed seating, get there early.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NSeptember 14, 2014
    Rock and roll.
  • 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)! :)
  • 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.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonAugust 21, 2014
    Great intimate music venue. Good beer selection
  • Kathryn H.
    Kathryn HymesAugust 21, 2014
    Watch NPR's trivia show Ask Me Another over beers for a raucous good time. Try not to hang from the chandeliers.
  • Nicky K.
    Nicky K.August 19, 2014
    Hard to get to sketchy area but getting nicer throughout the years
  • Gregory G.
    Gregory GallagherAugust 16, 2014
    Comedy shows
  • 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.
  • Charlie
    CharlieApril 9, 2014
    Very strict about IDs.
  • Leah F.
    One of the really cool places near my house! I gotta get on the email list so I don't miss any neat events
  • Meredith P.
    Meredith PharisFebruary 19, 2014
    You must bring your ID with you in order to enter, including for npr shows.... Definitely forgot mine :(
  • Rhonda H.
    Rhonda Hager RyanFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The staff is awesome !
  • Ashante E.
    Ashante EvelynFebruary 9, 2014
    The staff is TERRIBLE. SO Rude and disrespectful. Do not interact with them
  • Andrea K. C.
    Andrea K. CastilloFebruary 9, 2014
    Rudest, most uniformed staff I've ever encountered in my life.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128January 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Venue that also hosts the monthly Secret Science Club (see http://secretscienceclub.blogspot.com/), and annual Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest.
  • Brooklyn
    BrooklynJanuary 26, 2014
    Feels like Brooklyn Bowl. But better.
  • Nate F.
    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
  • 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!
  • Ted A.
    Ted AlexanderDecember 19, 2013
    Pretty stupid check in process for Night Vale event. No order or anyone to guide you to right place. Ticket taker is pretty rude and unhelpful.
  • 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
  • Jay L.
    Jay LiquoriNovember 17, 2013
    Coat check: Waste of time. Bartenders: not enough. Location: mildly annoying. People: better than the city.
  • Harold K.
    Harold KramerOctober 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are going here to a seated show bring your own cushions. You won't be sorry.
  • 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.
  • Chris F.
    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. :(
  • 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!
  • Meg L.
    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.
  • robin
    robinFebruary 24, 2013
    Good music, bouncers are tormented children on power trip though...
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JenkinsFebruary 13, 2013
    If you're showing up for the secret science club get there by 6:45 or 7 to get a seat
  • Chad L.
    Chad LavimonièreJanuary 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).
  • Heidi V.
    Heidi VanderleeDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place might be perfect.
  • Dave M.
    Dave MissNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Keep tabs on when Ask Me Another is taping. Great, funny new NPR show.
  • 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
  • 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?
  • Alli R.
    Alli RenseOctober 22, 2012
    The Hendricks gimlet is delicious!
  • Erin
    ErinOctober 7, 2012
    Get here early to get good seats. No food served here.
  • Taylor P.
    Taylor PineiroSeptember 30, 2012
    Terrible! In line for 2 hours stood at the front for over an hour ppl inside said it was half empty. Won't even try ever again not worth it.
  • 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.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxSeptember 11, 2012
    Meet astrobiologist Caleb Scharf on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM as he reads from his new book Gravity's Engines. Read more
  • 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.
  • Adrienne M.
    Adrienne McIlvaineJune 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    it's a crime to go here and not take a photo in the photo booth.
  • dawn h.
    dawn harrisMay 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Christian Finnegan!
  • Shawn W.
    Shawn WilliamsMarch 9, 2012
    Looove this place! A lot of REAL country shows, too!
  • Shawn W.
    Shawn WilliamsFebruary 25, 2012
    Any bar that plays Loretta Lynn and Vinyl ,goes down in my book.
  • Kerry L.
    Kerry LieblingFebruary 15, 2012
    Great place to hang and catch a show
  • Manda S.
    Manda ShettletonFebruary 13, 2012
    Sing alongs are as magical and amusing as you might think so get your butt over here!
  • Desiree G.
    Desiree GueryFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great 90s night! Should be a monthly thing!
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'DeaJanuary 27, 2012
    Drink Cider.
  • William K.
    William KilljoyJanuary 26, 2012
    There is a ton of blow in this place.
  • 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
  • Kate
    KateJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Harry H.
    Harry HawkDecember 18, 2011
    Look for one of Matt Timms amazing food Takedowns
  • dan d.
    dan dangerDecember 9, 2011
    $5 for BIG bowl of bing cherries. You won't regret it!
  • Fran V.
    Fran VarelaNovember 6, 2011
    Excellent music and an amazing show.
  • 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.
  • Arch S.
    Arch StantonNovember 2, 2011
    The lines to get in are pathetic, always a clusterf*#k - get here early
  • Adam W.
    Adam WishneuskyOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here EARLY if you're seeing a comedy show or you'll be stuck standing
  • Johnny M.
    Johnny MahoneyOctober 22, 2011
    "playing guitar is fun!"
  • 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.
  • Amanda
    AmandaSeptember 1, 2011
    This place has the best themed and singalong parties.
  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaAugust 17, 2011
    Best 90s DJ dance parties in Brooklyn, worth every buck!
  • Mohit S.
    Mohit SantRamAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    get there early, get a dub pie and beer before the show. ms pacman & photo booth too. fun date place.
  • Warren C.
    Warren CohenAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best local music and weekend events - a fun spot
  • Sam R.
    Sam RosenbergAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    More hot sauce.
  • Evan C.
    Evan CohenAugust 10, 2011
    Outside looks like a scene from one of the Batman movies - desolate urban wasteland chic
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marcus S.
    Marcus SmithMay 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    great place to hang out late on a weeknight, super friendly and quiet there
  • Grace
    GraceMay 21, 2011
    $6 little kings cream ale and oversized shot
  • Michael G.
    Michael GreelishMarch 1, 2011
    Way less douchebags than Union Hall, which is owned by the same people. Way more Gowanus 20-something hipsters.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HealyJanuary 29, 2011
    Pick up a dub pie at the bar for snackin'. Chicken curry if they have it.
  • 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!
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth StemmerNovember 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    sometimes it feels like my living room. my really big living room with a bar and people and sometimes dancing.
  • 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.
  • Bola
    BolaOctober 10, 2010
    what is there not to love about this place, except perhaps for the seedy ass block it's on?
  • Crunch Gym
    Crunch GymAugust 30, 2010
    Did you know you can burn up to 500 calories an hour just by dancing? So get your groove on to your favorite DJ in this BK hot spot.
  • 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.
  • Anna P.
    Anna PotterJuly 30, 2010
    Go up to Ira Glass and tell him you love him. He'll buy you a drink.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BreierJuly 8, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Happy House is every fourth Friday in the front room! Come dance to indiepop and electrodisco! Read more
  • Mashable
    MashableJune 5, 2010
    Geek out at the monthly Secret Science Club meeting, which includes a science lecture, signature cocktail/beer and Q&A with super brainiacs. - Erica Swallow. Read more
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MitchellMay 16, 2010
    Great venue. Love the Pinkerton drink at the front bar and the bartenders in the backroom mix a mean greyhound. Awesome derby party.
  • Adam W.
    Adam WishneuskyMay 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Two words: comfy couches
  • laura h.
    laura haddenMay 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great music venue... but better yet, the scene of some of the quirkier Brooklyn events (scavenger hunt, Lamb Takedown, etc).
  • F'd In Park Slope
    F'd In Park SlopeMay 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink...A LOT (you're worth it!).
  • Meghan D.
    Meghan DayMarch 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to grab a beer, even if you're not going to a show.
  • Zach L.
    Zach LinderFebruary 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Allagash White goes great with indie rock.
  • Adam W.
    Adam WishneuskyFebruary 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Bell House hosts great shows. Check out their schedule: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/calendar.php Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 8, 2010
    The Bell House is known for rising to the occasion: Sometimes that occasion is bacon; sometimes it’s chili; yet other times it is cookies. Check it out.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DorvilleFebruary 1, 2010
    If you ever get a chance to go to their Brooklyn Taco Experiment. Do it. But take some pepto.....
  • ZAGAT
    ZAGATJanuary 10, 2010
    Check out the free once-a-month Secret Science Club (see http://secretscienceclub.blogspot.com/ for details). Read more
  • Christine N.
    Christine NimocksDecember 1, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    ask George about his lady hands!
  • Amalia H.
    Amalia HohbergerNovember 20, 2009
    Blip Fest and the Brooklyn Food Experiments make me smile
  • Nate S.
    Nate SlevinAugust 20, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    make sure to order the tennessee she-male! best brew in the house
  • Justin M.
    Justin MAugust 7, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer, beer and more beer...
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GardnerMarch 30, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    go to a secret science club event at the bell house
  • Mikhail С.
    Mikhail СбджMarch 4, 2011
    Секьюрити тупо продумано. Все остальное прекрасно, отличное место. А район вообще заебатый!
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