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NYC Rock Clubs

These are the some of the best rock clubs in New York City. Advance tickets are recommended at all clubs. Check age restrictions. Cover charges & minimums are per person and subject to change

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Acme Underground

9 Great Jones Street | between Lafayette Street & Broadway

Info 212-677-6963 | Acme Underground

Tickets Usually $6 to $8

Ages 21 & over with ID

The Acme presents alternative and underground acts in a setting that reminds us of a basement in one of the old storefront catering 'halls' in Brooklyn. The not-so-good sound system is loud, louder and loudest. Best news is that it's cheap and offers something to listen to seven nights a week

The Bitter End

147 Bleecker Street | between Thompson Street & Laguardia Place

Info 212-673-7030 | The Bitter End

Cover Usually $6 to $16

Ages 21 & over with ID

We can't remember a time in the Village without the Bitter End; turns out it's only been around since 1961. Owner Paul Colby bills it as 'New York City's oldest rock club,' that's why you find it on this page; it is much more well known as a haven for folk artists and young comics back in the sizzling sixties. The stars that have performed in front of the brick wall span a few generations, including Woody Allen, Maxine Andrews, Joan Baez, Sandra Bernhardt, the Chambers Brothers, Bo Diddley, the Indigo Girls, Morgana King, Jay Leno, Rod McKuen, Odetta, Patti Smith, Neil Young, even Henny Youngman. Oh, did we mention Bob Dylan. Colby still books a range of electric and acoustical acts, some rock, some roll, some folk, some blues, even a touch of hip-hop. All good

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey Street | between Chrystie Street & The Bowery

Info 212-533-2111 | Bowery Ballroom

Tickets $10 to $25 | Box Office Cash only at Mercury Lounge | 217 East Houston Street | Monday thru Saturday 12:00N to 7:00P | or 866-468-7619

Ages Varies by show 16, 18 or 21 & over with ID

Young, super-hip downtown types and bridge and tunnel wannabees appreciate the good sound, good views, good drinks and great acts at this tri-level, Art-Deco ballroom, dancehall, concert hall combo. The Ballroom shows that a club doesn't need grunge to be hot and attract such top acts as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, Patti Smith and the Black Crowes


315 Bowery | between 1st & 2nd Street

Info 212-982-4052 | CBGB & OMFUG

Tickets Usually $6 to $20 | or 866-468-7619

Ages 16 & older with ID |  21 & over with ID to drink

It started as a joint for 'country, blue grass and blues' and got sidetracked to be the most important punk venue in the country, introducing the very raw Ramones, the polished Stilettos-- who went on to become Blondie-- Patti Smith, Annie Golden and who knows how many more. Going more than strong since 1974, if it's underground rock you want you'll find the best at CBGB

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place | at 15th Street

Info 212-777-6800 | Irving Plaza

Tickets $15 to $50 | Box Office Monday thru Friday 12:00N to 6:30P | Saturday 1:00P to 4:00P | or 212-307-7171

Ages All ages | Under 16 must be accompanied by parent or guardian | 21 & over with ID to drink

One of the most popular rock venues in the City, some say too popular with the younger set. If you're over 21 and want a drink be sure to bring at least two pieces of identification to get an okay-to-order-drinks wristband. The club features a good mix of sounds, heavy on alternative and indie, with a good sprinkling of 'classic' acts throughout the year

Mercury Lounge

217 E Houston Street | between Ludlow & Essex Streets

Info 260 4700 | Mercury Lounge

Tickets Usually $8 to $20 | Box Office Cash only Monday thru Saturday 12:00N to 7:00P | or 866-468-7619

Ages 21 & over with ID

Like its sister club the Bowery Ballroom the Merc is known for its production values--good sound and good sightlines. The club is geared to an older crowd than the Ballroom and is frequented by many young professionals in search of the solid sounds provided by the high-quality touring bands it books. The fairly plain music room is made for serious listening. The club books a variety of alternative-, indie- and folk-rock acts along with well-established performers such as Lou Reed, Joan Jett and yes, even Tony Bennett


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