Best Rock Music Venues in New York City

We have seen a lot of music venues in our day. From New York’s famous Bowery Ballroom, which is probably the best venue in the city for seeing indie bands, to the notorious Santos Party House, where you can dance until there’s blood in your boots, this list is a comprehensive look at some of New York’s best rock venues.

Each of these venues is unique, independently owned, and passionately committed to keeping the downtown area’s authentic underground music culture alive and well. Sith top spinners of off-kilter house, cosmic disco, funk and soul regularly taking to the decks on various stages around the city, it is thanks to these places that we always have a place to rock out. This music journalist particularly recommends Thursday nights at the Cake Shop, and jam sessions at Pianos.

Bowery Ballroom

Getting wild with Smallpools in NYC. #Smallpools #SonicAwareness #boweryballroom #nyc #🎶 Une photo publiée par Anthony (@acax1985) le 12 Mai 2015 à 8h29 PDT

Cake Shop

#Darlings will be #Darlings Une photo publiée par cakeshopusa (@cakeshopusa) le 8 Mai 2015 à 19h40 PDT

Mercury Lounge

Shout out to our #1 homies @madeviolent for crushing another Merc show. 📷 @jessicastrassman Une photo publiée par Mercury Lounge (@mercuryloungeny) le 21 Avril 2015 à 16h21 PDT

Santos Party House

Always fun. All…Ways…Fun. Une photo publiée par Santos Party House (@santospartyhaus) le 31 Mars 2015 à 11h05 PDT


Metz are blistering Une photo publiée par PIANOS (@pianosnyc) le 8 Mai 2015 à 23h12 PDT