GalleryBar

Art Gallery / Bar
GalleryBar Downtown scenesters looking to get away from the finance crowd may want to check out GalleryBar, a bi-level gallery and hangout that effortlessly blends seedy nightlife and artsy culture. New York United States 40.719374 -73.989324
2.91 7
GalleryBar - Art Gallery | Bar in New York.
Collapse map / See photo gallery
+
Add to list
Ratings:
Lucas
Adriana
Jonah
Emma

Party Earth Review Downtown scenesters looking to get away from the finance crowd may want to check out GalleryBar, a bi-level gallery and hangout that effortlessly blends seedy nightlife and artsy culture. A gallery by day featuring rotating... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F, J, M, Z: Delancey Street-Essex Street

  • Phone:

    212-529-2266

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Gallery: Tu–Sa noon–6pm, Su 2–8pm
    Bar: Tu–Sa 6pm–4am, Su 2pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth GalleryBar Review

The Scene

Downtown scenesters looking to get away from the finance crowd may want to check out GalleryBar, a bi-level gallery and hangout that effortlessly blends seedy nightlife and artsy culture.

Downtown scenesters looking to get away from the finance crowd may want to check out GalleryBar, a bi-level gallery and hangout that effortlessly blends seedy nightlife and artsy culture.

A gallery by day featuring rotating exhibits of modern works by local painters and sculptors, at night the exposed brick venue opens up a small bar and banquette seating in the back that draws a friendly and relaxed crowd of artists, rockers, and slinky film students itching for a party.

A DJ spins funk, hip-hop, and rock for the groups of frisky patrons chatting by the bar, while a vintage photo booth offers more flirtatious fun.

Earlier in the evening, guests looking for a mellow vibe can make their way down the back stairs to an impossibly dark candlelit grotto where alternative types huddle around small tables to sip cocktails from a second tiny bar.

As the night wears on and the DJ’s tunes get louder, a more boisterous crowd packs the dance floor both upstairs and down, especially on nights featuring events like naked paint and animal costume parties.

Authentically strange yet friendly and accessible, GalleryBar provides an artsy downtown scene where an odd mix of artists, students, punk rockers, and goths can come together for the common cause of partying.

read less
read more

Tip from Emma:

Naked paint parties get everyone stripping down to their skivvies…and it’s all right to look!

  • Crowd

    Artists, musicians, punks, alternative types, service industry workers, and creative types, 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly DJ spins a mix of funk, hip-hop, rap, and rock. Rando Party on Tuesdays, Ghetto Goth every other Wednesday. Photo booth and gallery exhibits during the day.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour times change weekly based on events.

  • Prices

    Beer $6+, cocktails $12+, wine $8+, bottle service $175+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, flats, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesday or Wednesday nights for the theme parties and an eclectic crowd, and Fridays and Saturdays for a packed scene.

  • Close By

    Continue the dance party down the street at multi-leveled Fat Baby (112 Rivington Street) where DJs spinning hip-hop and live bands playing jazz and punk await.

GalleryBar User Reviews

Average rating:
Interesting idea to combine an art gallery and a bar...
Jami L. Jan 3, 2013
I went here a few years ago when I just started going out and bar/club hopping on weekends in NYC. It's a good bar to visit if you are underage and looking for a fun, new venue to try out in the lower east side. Even though the modern artwork scattered along the walls is nothing special, it adds a unique vibe to the social environment. It was nice to take a break from dancing and walk around with friends glancing at the wall art. The drinks were below average (expensive and a little weak...), but the service was wonderful and the music was very up-beat and high energy. Overall a good experience at GalleryBar and a fun place to visit for a night out with the girls in the lower east side of NYC.
Something Different
Risa C. Dec 8, 2012
My first couple experiences come here were for the naked paint parties, which is one of my favorite parties of all time, but obviously that's a much different experience than you'd be getting on your day to day visit. The times I've been there on a "normal" night i still had a really good experience. I haven't been here on a weekend where I've heard it can get overrun but yuppie types, but during the week the bar draws an eclectic crowd of hipsters, skaters, artists and musicians. I guess for some the non-specific crowd can be a drawback, but the underlying thing for me is that everyone there is pretty chill and laid back or drunk and friendly which equates to a good night out in my book. The bartenders and owner are also very friendly even when the bar is busy, and for me good service is one of the most important draws of a bar. I'd definitely check it out if you're in the area on a week night.
Save The Art For A Museum
Jaclyn W. Dec 6, 2012
Call me crazy, but last I checked paintings and beverages are not supposed to be within the same vicinity of each other. I do not understand this bar. It's not even hipster chic like a Brooklyn warehouse. It's just this overcrowded, stuffy, conglomeration of people and artwork. I'm sure it makes for a really good place to use pick-up lines and get conversations going near the artwork, but good luck moving, dancing, finding the bathroom and oh yeah, actually getting a drink. Came here for a friend's birthday and was forced to go. The party was large enough that they hooked us up with a free bottle of champagne. The birthday girl was drunk enough that she actually started a bar fight and got tossed out. Maybe it was my experience, but I would not come back here. The crowd is an example of abstract artwork; I don't understand it. One minute I'm staring at a suit, the next it's a hipster poser - if such a thing even exists. The DJ was atrocious. I was tempted to request to play my iPhone and do the bar a favor. Why there is a line out the door beats me? Maybe people think something wonderful is going on in here and it's not? I'm sure their job is stressful, but I've never met a group of ruder bouncers. This is not the Gansevoort; it's a cop-ridden, sauna of a trashy LES bar. The drinks are cheap by palette (speleld wrong on purpose) and expensive by wallet. Again, I stress that I was only here for a birthday aka dragged and they managed to screw that up too by overbooking the floor. Go if you're a freak or have a fake ID otherwise if you want to get drunk and look at great art, head over to the Museum of Sex, MOMA or The Met. They may even be cheaper than this mish-mosh of a bar.
Load more comments
Not sure where to go this weekend in New York? Sign up for our weekly email and get updates on the coolest things to do!

Book Now and Save at Hotels.com

Are we missing a venue or event?
Find your scene