Arlene's Grocery

Bar / Live Music Venue / Lounge
Arlene's Grocery Considering the bright yellow grocer's sign offering fast delivery, one might think Arlene's Grocery is just that, instead of the famous Lower East Side music landmark that it is. New York United States 40.7213281 -73.9882326
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Arlene's Grocery - Bar | Live Music Venue | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review Considering the bright yellow grocer’s sign offering fast delivery, one might think Arlene’s Grocery is just that, instead of the famous Lower East Side music landmark that it is. Known as a jumping... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue; F: Delancey Street; J, M, Z: Essex Street

  • Phone:

    212-358-1633

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Su–Th 6pm–2am, F–Sa 6pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Arlene's Grocery Review

The Scene

Considering the bright yellow grocer's sign offering fast delivery, one might think Arlene's Grocery is just that, instead of the famous Lower East Side music landmark that it is.

Considering the bright yellow grocer’s sign offering fast delivery, one might think Arlene’s Grocery is just that, instead of the famous Lower East Side music landmark that it is.

Known as a jumping-off point for bands like The Strokes, the venue still boasts an impressive lineup of up-and-coming bands that attracts a mix of grungy neighborhood punks, local university students, and artsy young professionals.

A seedy entrance leads patrons into a dimly-lit wood and stone tavern referred to as the Butcher Bar, where music lovers hang out on ripped stools waiting for the show to start, and local hipsters lounge on cracked leather banquettes in the back to chat over a few beers.

Once show time approaches, patrons make their way through a blue door at the front that leads to the dark and boxy Band Room, where several bands take the stage every night to play rock and roll to an eclectic and usually intoxicated audience jamming to the beat and sticking around post-show to meet the musicians.

On Monday nights, the popular Rock and Roll Karaoke event brings out hordes of would-be rockers and shower singers alike ready for their fifteen minutes of fame.

While the vibe during performances is heavily dependent on the bands, Arlene’s definitely gets rowdier once the concerts are over and patrons fill the floor for an all-night dance party.

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Tip from Jonah:

Definitely check out the Monday night live Rock and Roll Karaoke. It gets a different crowd than your run-of-the-mill karaoke bar, and the band won’t be playing any Spice Girls or Madonna.

  • Crowd

    Eclectic mix of local young professionals, students, hipsters, old-school punks, roadies, and older rocker types, early 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music seven nights a week in the Band Room from 7pm, featuring three to six bands per night, mostly rock and roll. Ambient jukebox music in the Butcher Bar ranges from indie to political pop punk. Live Rock Band Karaoke Mondays from 10pm. DJs spin in the front room on Thursdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Ongoing drink specials.

  • Prices

    Cover charge: Band Room $8/Tu–Th and Su, $10/F–Sa, free/M. Beer $3–$7, wine $4–$8, cocktails $7–$12, beer and a shot $6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, Doc Martins, leather pants.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a lively local concert scene, and Monday nights for the legendary Rock and Roll Karaoke.

  • Close By

    The Living Room (154 Ludlow Street) features up-and-coming indie artists.

Arlene's Grocery User Reviews

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Arlenes Grocery
Elizabeth O. May 28, 2013
It was just he typical Saturday night with friends. Myself and my two comrades, JC, and Jamie, stepped into what resembled some sort of bodega or deli delight. No such luck, finding the produce section, upoing entry through the door way. First things first, we ventured strutted toward the bar and ordered a round of soco and lime. It must have been a tropical night, because soon after we ordered a round of Corona Extras to wash the shot down. I stuck a lime in my mouth, and looked around. The man in the neon electric blue jeans handed us glow stick necklaces, as the screen blasted the video image of the artists bonding with their instruments, entrancing the audience with their very presence.
Local Bands at Local Prices
Karla M. May 3, 2013
I went here to see the Band, "The Black Tie Affair." They are great but the sounds was ok... im crazy about great sound for bands. That being said... the beer prices are great, liquor is fair bar tenders are fast and friendly. if you bring some friends you are not screaming over each other.
Classic Music Venue/Dive bar in the Lower East
Andrei K. Apr 25, 2013
Arlene's is the quintessential spot on the Lower East for live music with a no-frills dive bar atmosphere. The sound system and stage is bigger than a lot of the small/cramped venues in the area, but the space itself is intimate and relaxed...not some huge venue where you're craning your neck to catch a glimpse of the front. I came here last St. Patrick's Day to see my friend's band play, and we were having such a good time we ended up staying till last call. Their mixed drinks are not the best, but they do have a reliable beer-n-shot deal which, in my opinion, best suits the atmosphere. Check out their event calendar, or just show up for karaoke with a live house band!
Great Dive Bar go to
Risa C. Dec 7, 2012
Whenever I'm in the LES and have no idea where to go I always seem to end up at Arlenes. Before I realized it was a bar I legitimately thought it was a neighborhood bodega and always wondered why so many people seemed to enjoy hanging out outside and smoking cigarettes. Once inside it's half dive bar, half music venue and they host a variety of different events on different nights. I've never actually seen a live performance in their private music room, but my friends and I have done karaoke there which is a good random night out. They also have awesome drink specials including shot and a beer specials which makes it a great night out to not remember.
Bizarre like woah
Chris K. Nov 16, 2012
Arlene's Grocery looks like it belongs in some gross small beach town, not down in the middle of the hopping Lower East Side. None the less, this ramshackle venue offers locals a taste of not only some of the hottest underground music available, but also of weird entertainment in all its forms. You can find Jim Rose running a heavy metal cabaret here in the afternoon and a raging surf rock trio shaking the floor boards long into the night. Not only is the grocery a great place to catch a show, it's also a fun place to meet people--the chain-smoking crowd outside always have good advice and bad intentions. A definite stop for the fledgling urban cryptozoologist.
Geat place for live music.
Chelsea D. Sep 28, 2012
From the outside you might not think much of this place, but you won't be disappointed if you check it out. My friend introduced me to Arlene's Grocery one night when we were wandering the LES. I was hooked once I found out that they have live music. My only complaint is the lack of seating, but if the band is good you probably won't be sitting anyway.
Solid.
Craig Smollen S. Sep 18, 2012
Solid venue, especially if you are into seeing live music. Big open area for the bands to perform and an open space for the crowd. Don’t come expecting to just sit back and chill, there’s like four chairs in the whole darn place. But if the music is good, who wants to sit? Very nice selection of beers, which is what I stick to. Not a fan of their mixed drinks which are pricey ($10) and generally pretty boring. They DO take credit cards, but I believe that had a $20 minimum, so bring cash unless you plan on getting some drinking in beyond a couple beers (or, like I said, two of their crappy cocktails). Nice acoustics and have always enjoyed the varied music I hear here. Here here!
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