Built just before the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the Bowery Ballroom was formerly a high-end retail store. It remained locked down for several years and it was only in 1997 that it became this unique music venue.
The Bowery is one of our favorite spots to see live performances, intimate shows, indie bands and some of the coolest people in town.
The club serves as the namesake of Joan Baez’s Bowery Songs album, recorded live at a concert at the Bowery Ballroom on November 6, 2004.
It has amazing acoustics, the perfect size, a great story, and a 3 pretty cool bars! Their balcony is also a fantastic option if you want to have a clear view of the stage, but even downstairs you’ll be able to see it well.
The bar downstairs is more intimate and great to start off the night with drinks. When the bands are about to go live, you can walk up to watch them.
If you’re wondering how many people they need to fill up the place, it’s just a little over 550. So, it’s not too big, nor too small!
Like many New York venues, the Bowery Ballroom was also the stage for a famous film. Coyote Ugly was filmed back in the year 2000 and they have a scene at the Bowery! Pay attention next time you watch the movie.
Check out their website for the full list of upcoming shows! It’s certainly a New York City classic.
Plus, here are a few additional tips on the Lower East Side neighborhood or with the same vibe as the Bowery Ballroom. For dinner, you might want to explore Contra. We love going to few hidden speakeasy bars too. For places to stay when you come to New York City, try the super trendy and hip boutique Ludlow Hotel.
Hours: May vary, see their website!
Location: 6 Delancey Street
Photo Credits: Courtesy of the Bowery Ballroom