Bowery Poetry Club

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Bowery Poetry Club A two-room Café, bar, and performance space that proves that weird little venues are alive and kicking on the Lower East Side, Bowery Poetry Club gives curious New Yorkers a welcome taste of the many sides of the city's performance... New York United States 40.724916 -73.99254
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Party Earth Review A two-room café, bar, and performance space that proves that weird little venues are alive and kicking on the Lower East Side, Bowery Poetry Club gives curious New Yorkers a welcome taste of the many sides of the city... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    B, D, F, M: Broadway/Lafayette; 4, 6: Bleecker Street/Lexington

  • Phone:

    212-614-0505

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  • Hours:

    M–F 5pm–4am, Sa–Su noon–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

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A two-room Café, bar, and performance space that proves that weird little venues are alive and kicking on the Lower East Side, Bowery Poetry Club gives curious New Yorkers a welcome taste of the many sides of the city's performance...

A two-room café, bar, and performance space that proves that weird little venues are alive and kicking on the Lower East Side, Bowery Poetry Club gives curious New Yorkers a welcome taste of the many sides of the city’s performance art world.

Popular open mic nights draw plenty of NYU film students and unpretentious theater types, while the front café with its exposed brick and framed art pieces sees an influx of vintage-clad local artists looking for a place to grab a coffee and spend a few hours clacking away on their laptops.

Just through the heavy black curtains in the back, oddity seekers and poetry enthusiasts will find the performance space, where a hip audience settles in on the high-backed stools at the bar or takes a seat among the spartan rows of folding chairs in front of the stage, ready to witness everything from zealous slam poetry and jazz musicians to experimental theater and old-school burlesque shows.

A steady flow of hip regulars and students pours in throughout the week, and although some acts can whip the crowd into rounds of boisterous applause or conversation, the venue is usually content to remain a laid-back outlet of artistic inspiration.

A varied roster of events and an anything-goes attitude makes Bowery Poetry Club a must-do for show-seekers looking for a little off-kilter entertainment.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you’re looking for something a bit different from the usual LES live indie band scene, there’s no better place to pop into. Acoustic gospel, legit burlesque, and slam poetry are definitely welcome diversions.

  • Crowd

    Studious hipsters, laid-back punk rockers, amateur filmmakers, burlesque fans, and NYU students, mid-20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Open mic nights, slam poetry, live theater, burlesque, artist residencies, bingo nights, and music onstage in the back room. Playlist of jazz, rock, and indie music in the café.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Baked goods and sandwiches served in the café. Full bar in the performance space. ATM inside. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5–$15. Baked goods $2+, sides $3+, sandwiches $6+. Beer $4+, wine $7+, cocktails $6+, soda $1.50, coffee $1.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual: jeans, t-shirts, pea coats, vintage garb.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for Poetry Slam or Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for an ever changing mix of open mics, burlesque, bands, and poetry.

  • Close By

    A few blocks away is The Living Room (154 Ludlow Street), another multi-room venue with an old-school music attitude.

Bowery Poetry Club User Reviews

Average rating:
Entertainment as Unpredictable as the City Itself
Greg D. Mar 10, 2013
Since 2002, poets, musicians, artists, and entertainers alike have found solace at Bowery Poetry Club, an eclectic Lower East Side café bar and performance space. Catering to New York City’s energetic and ever-changing performance arts realm, this laidback venue offers an assortment of events to compliment its vintage appeal and art-house bar scene. Known for its eccentric array of nightly performances, this popular arts space has something to offer any curious show-seeker, from popular open mic nights to less familiar, but certainly not less entertaining performances like sign language poetry, experimental theatre, and alternative literature readings. From local students to coffee-sipping regulars and inquisitive first-timers, a casual audience is always quick the fill up this modest venue’s sea of folding chairs and line of bar stools, in anticipation of the raw enthusiasm that can only be found in New York’s diverse and offbeat performance arts scene. Since opening its doors, Bowery Poetry Club has maintained its status as a première artistic rendezvous for both entertainment enthusiasts and fearless performers. A trip to this venue is a must for anyone seeking a night that deviates from the norm. Just be sure to check the calendar. Or not. Either way, a surprise is most likely in store.
Great For Up and Coming Artist Shows
Robbin W. Jan 28, 2013
I actually hosted an event at Bowery Poetry Club in the summer of 2012. While managing and booking an artist's tour schedule, we wanted to have his next show at a more intimate setting. He was releasing a new album and we realized that Bowery Poetry Club in the Lower East Side would be perfect for this. The staff were very helpful in setting up for the show. The drink specials were great for the show attendees and the layout of the venue was perfect for a show for 60-80 people. The show hit capacity and ended up being a huge success. I highly recommend this venue for small shows or just a low key night.
Depends on the night's entertainment
Chris K. Nov 15, 2012
The Bowery Poetry Club is really more of a quiet library-ish performance space than any sort of bar, club, or lounge. Coffee, beer, and wine are available up-front, as well as the typical cafe fare of baked goods and sandwiches. Overall, there is a nice studios vibe here, one in which a good book can be read over a nice drink. However, the back room performance space is what the place is all about, and honestly, the acts there, ranging from poetry readings to small-form theater to low-key bands, can be hit or miss, either vastly entertaining or mindlessly boring. Definitely check the schedule online first if you are looking to be entertained.
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