Home Sweet Home

Bar / Live Music Venue / Lounge
Home Sweet Home 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. New York United States 40.719504 -73.99352
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Home Sweet Home - Bar | Live Music Venue | Lounge in New York.
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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

  • Subway:

    J, Z: Bowery-Delancey Street; B, D: Grand Street-Chrystie Street

  • Phone:

    212-226-5708

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Tu–Sa 4pm–4am, Su–M 8pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Home Sweet Home Review

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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.

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, 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.

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Tip from Jonah:

Home Sweet Home often has sponsored open bars on Sundays and Tuesdays. Just check the calendar listings to find out when you can drink on the house.

  • Crowd

    Uber-cool night-owls, cutting-edge art crowd, fashion forward trendsetters, hipsters, scenesters, and creative types, mostly 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour M–Sa 4–8:30pm. Some parties have open bar or drink specials. Check the calendar on the website for details.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $3+ for some parties. Beer $6+, wine $10, mixed drinks $6–$12, shots $5+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    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.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    Happy Ending (302 Broome Street) is a high-energy bi-level club that caters to the same type of crowd.

Home Sweet Home User Reviews

Average rating:
Super hip venue... great to dance at but not always for the faint of heart.
Helen D. Aug 10, 2013
You can either be pleasantly surprised or wildly shocked depending on what night you venture to this venue. I've been to Home Sweet Home for post punk/new wave dance parties that last long into the night and are exciting and enjoyable. I've also been here during semi-creepy (or just plain weird) all-nude live "noise" performances. Things can get kind of strange, but you've been forewarned; they call them "Weird Wednesdays" for a reason. It's an extremely hip venue where all the attractive and oddly dressed boys and girls of the LES nightlife congregate. However strange, I fit in here remarkably well. Drinks are of average price and quality (nothing too fancy here) but I would call the actual atmosphere "dungeon-esque." A major downside, however, is their fog machine. You literally can't even see. Add about 50 drunk people to this phenomenon and Home Sweet Home becomes somewhat of a confused cow herd of young 20 somethings grasping for their friends in the fog. It's also way, way too loud to conversate in here. Don't go here on a first date or to catch up with friends-go here to DANCE and hopefully come home with some stories.
If you're into dancing any which way you like, this is the place
Ashika C. Jul 24, 2013
I stumbled upon this place with a few friends one night; we didn't really know what to expect once we walked down those dark stairs past the creepy taxidermy but boy did it turn out to be an unexpectedly fun night. The music varied from disco music to current pop songs and everything in between. This is not the place you come to if you want to dress up in heels and a sexy dress but it is definitely the place you want to come to when you can't muster up the willpower to wear anything more elaborate than a pair of jeans and a tee. Nobody here cares, it's just about dancing and meeting new people (not to mention the drinks are super cheap and strong, who could complain?!) I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you're in the LES area, but if you're looking for something a little fancier you could always check out Fig 19 next door.
Fun, but may polarize your group
Andrei K. Apr 25, 2013
Ever have that feeling that you've just gotta dance, even if that feeling involves leaving some or most or all of your friends behind? That's exactly the sort of polarization that Home Sweet Home instills among my friends. Any time we make the decision to check it out, half the group leaves in five minutes, the other dances and sweats the night away. I am almost always in the latter category, because I believe that at its heart this is a fun place. They play a fun variety of dance music, and the crowd is laid back and pretty casual...I nearly always make some friends on the dance floor. There is an occasional cover charge of $3, which is a bit odd, but very worth it for a couple hours of dancing. The reason that the other half of my social group is turned off by Home Sweet Home generally has to do with the sheer amount of people crammed into this place on the weekend. It gets sweaty, and it gets very difficult to hold on to your drink at the dance floor...so you've got to be in the right state of mind. If you're in the mood to get down, then head on Home.
I dunnoo....
Dylan W. Dec 2, 2012
I have a lot friends who swear by this place, but my experience was mixed. The drinks were insanely weak, it was crowded in the way that it's just hard to move around not "fun" crowded b/c the place is so tight until you get to the back. But the dancing was fun and they play refreshingly unique music. So if you wanna get away from the top 40 stuff this is the place to go. Another weird thing that I took a whole star off of, was that they had a three dollar cover... WHY? It's so little money what's the point? I usually don't carry cash so to force me to bring three one dollar bills with me is just dumb in my opinion. So strange.
Good place, bad vibe
Chris K. Nov 20, 2012
When I first arrived at Home Sweet Home, I was dressed to the nines (I was coming from work) and looking forward to hanging out in a place I'd heard so much about. Upon entering, I was charmed to see overstuffed couches, weird taxidermy, and some tattooed bartenders in punk rock shirts. However, upon approaching the bar and ordering a drink, things took a weird turn. Maybe it was my suit, but the bartenders treated me with huge levels of snark, rarely looking me in the eye and laughing derisively whenever I asked a question. When I asked about Fig. 19, I was quickly cut off with a curt, "Yeah, that's not happening." This atmosphere followed me throughout the night. Definitely come through to have a beer or whatever, but just know that you might not be cool enough according to the staff, and if you mention the "secret bar" upstairs (whoops, sorry fellas), you'll be treated like a jerk.
Home SWEET Home
Elizabeth K. Nov 19, 2012
Home Sweet Home has all of the components of my favorite kind of bar: an energetic and diverse crowd, a lively DJ playing a great assortment of upbeat music, a full bar stocked by knowledgeable bartenders, and an interesting and eclectic space. My friends and I went to Home Sweet Home to celebrate Halloween at the suggestion of a friend. We wanted a place with a fun vibe where we could dance to hip hop and 80s songs and have a well-mixed cocktail. Home Sweet Home was that place. We stayed the rest of the night and have enjoyed each visit back ever since!
Eh I wouldn't dub it Sweet...
Jaclyn W. Nov 16, 2012
Home Sweet Home, the name alone is enticing, however, once I got here it definitely did not feel like home unless you count that it was one hundred degrees inside to give you that toasty feeling. This place is typically crowded. A small open area is in the front before you reach the bar. Check your coat and pull up a stool. Order a sunshine shot to get the night moving. It's a good mix of young guys and girls. If you feel like dancing go towards the end of the bar, which extends into a living room sized dance floor. Smoke, club music and people getting down is what you'll find. It's dark enough that you can dance, but not so much that when the lights go on you'll scream. Not my favorite place. If you're in the area go down to Chrystie141 to dance. I've only been here after midnight, but I could see this being a good place to take a date due to the intimate setting. Also, the patrons here are pretty casual, so it could be a good way to ease the tension.
Danced My Face Off
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
I came here on a Monday night to celebrate my birthday (24, and I was among the oldest patrons there), and had a fantastic time. The DJ was playing Top 40 from the 90s and today, and the dance floor was about 3/4 filled. Probably because even tho most of the NYU students and scene kids came to dance, a few of them were on the edgier side and were probably hoping to see some undiscovered electronica artist on the ones and twos. I've definitely been there since, hoping to recapture the magic, but the vibe can be very different from night to night, and it can be pretty late before the energy of the place picks up. It's hit or miss.
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