Party Earth Review Tucked away beneath an art gallery, Home Sweet Home is a kitschy underground lair that has indeed become a second home to the chic and edgy night-crawling denizens of Nolita and the Lower East Side. A combination bar... ... read full review
131 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
J, Z: Bowery-Delancey Street; B, D: Grand Street-Chrystie Street
Tu–Sa 4pm–4am, Su–M 8pm–4am
Lower East Side, New York –
A combination bar, dance den, and live music venue, this one-room space packs in a lot of action, all of it thoroughly enjoyed by the combat boot-wearing, too-cool club kids and creatives who crowd in for no-frills drinks and dancing to live bands and incredible local DJs.
Barely-lit crystal chandeliers provide a hint of eerie elegance, a vibe further enhanced by the peculiar collection of taxidermy, from the peacock standing guard over the cash register to the stuffed lion’s head caught in a fierce roar.
The unique wooden bar features illuminated dioramas of bizarre trinkets and tchotchkes, while unfinished floors, brick walls, exposed pipes, and a couple of Grandma’s worn-out vintage velvet couches add to the decayed splendor.
Luckily, sitting isn’t on the agenda at Home Sweet Home, where the rotating roster of underground DJs and indie bands inspires a lot of shimmying on the sizable dance floor, especially after midnight when the spillover crowd from Happy Ending tumbles in and the bar fills up with rowdy avant-garde gangs of downtown darlings with no plans of going home anytime soon.
Uber-cool night-owls, cutting-edge art crowd, fashion forward trendsetters, hipsters, scenesters, and creative types, mostly 20s.
Regular lineup of live bands and underground DJs who spin a range of music from house and hip-hop to electro, rock, new wave, and punk.
Theme parties include White Lodge on Mondays, Filth on Tuesdays with open vodka bar 11pm–midnight, BangOn on Thursdays, New York Night Train on Fridays, and Solid Gold on Saturdays.
Happy Hour M–Sa 4–8:30pm. Some parties have open bar or drink specials. Check the calendar on the website for details.
Cover charge $3+ for some parties. Beer $6+, wine $10, mixed drinks $6–$12, shots $5+.
Black is the color of choice, with both guys and girls sporting eclectic mixes of punk, hipster, and high fashion-inspired looks from Opening Ceremony, Seven, and Nasty Gal. Asymmetrical haircuts, ripped fishnets, combat boots, harem pants, tank tops.
Tuesdays for the indie-electro Filth party and Thursdays for the electro/disco/house BangOn party. Both nights feature cool DJs and a hip, fun-loving crowd. Fridays and Saturdays for a consistently crowded scene.
Happy Ending (302 Broome Street) is a high-energy bi-level club that caters to the same type of crowd.