Bowery Electric

Bar / Live Music Venue / Lounge
Bowery Electric With its upstairs drinking lounge and downstairs performance space, Bowery Electric attracts a cross section of East Village hipsters, music lovers, and trendy young professionals eager to indulge in one of the best live music... New York United States 40.7257 -73.991673
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Bowery Electric - Bar | Live Music Venue | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review With its upstairs drinking lounge and downstairs performance space, Bowery Electric attracts a cross section of East Village hipsters, music lovers, and trendy young professionals eager to indulge in one of the best live... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    4, 6: Bleecker Street-Lafayette Street; B, D, F, M: Broadway-Lafayette Street-Houston Street; F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue-Houston Street

  • Phone:

    212-228-0228

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  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bowery Electric Review

The Scene

With its upstairs drinking lounge and downstairs performance space, Bowery Electric attracts a cross section of East Village hipsters, music lovers, and trendy young professionals eager to indulge in one of the best live music...

With its upstairs drinking lounge and downstairs performance space, Bowery Electric attracts a cross section of East Village hipsters, music lovers, and trendy young professionals eager to indulge in one of the best live music scenes in town.

Fashionably dressed singles looking to mingle and flirt tend to hover around the mirrored bar in the dimly-lit lounge, while groups settle into the green banquettes to sip drinks before grooving urbanites turn the place into a lively dance party backed by DJ-spun alternative and punk music.

Those who want bottle service can reserve the velvet-curtained back room, whose plush seating and candlelit cocktail tables create a low-key vibe for private partying.

Music lovers can make their way to the dark downstairs room that features an upper level with a long wooden bar and a sunken performance space, where every night several edgy, alternative bands – which have included the likes of Green Day and Wolfmother – rock out on the small stage beneath the colored lights and disco ball.

On Fridays and Saturdays, the hipster-heavy music crowd makes way for an all-out dance party packed with buzzed and stumbling young professionals intent on bopping to the DJ’s beats until the wee hours.

An intense mix of energy, great bands, and wild DJ parties has made Bowery Electric an eclectic go-to venue perfect for music groupies and partying professionals alike.

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Tip from Jonah:

If there’s a band you really want to see, don’t risk showing up at the door in hopes of getting in. Buy tickets in advance at ticketweb.com or call the Bowery Electric box office.

  • Crowd

    Local East Village music lovers, artists, and hipsters on weekdays and a mix of hipsters for the bands and creative young professionals and trendy singles for dancing on the weekends, early 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music six to seven nights a week featuring two to six bands per night. Performances feature rock and roll bands, popular touring bands, NYC punk, and singer/songwriters, generally from 6 or 7pm to midnight or 1am.

    The Underclass Review on the last Tuesday of every month features local bands, punk, rockabilly, and blues. Metal Sundays feature a lineup of local metal bands.

    DJ spins adult alternative, rock, and punk at the main bar Thursdays from 10pm. DJ rock and roll dance party downstairs on Fridays and Saturdays after live performances.

    The VIP room accommodates sixty and offers bottle service. The downstairs Vault Room accommodates twenty-five people and has a private bathroom and bottle service.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour Tu–Sa 5–9pm. Bottle service available in back room by reservation only.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $8–$25 depending on band/event. Beer $6–$7, wine $8–$11, cocktails $7–$10, shots $9–$12. Reservation fee $100 for VIP Room, $200 for Vault Room.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual for live music: skinny jeans, band t-shirts, casual dresses, and flats. Dressier for weekend dance parties: button-downs, dresses, and heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night there’s a good lineup, although Thursdays are a sure bet for consistently good bands, a lively vibe, and great DJ music on the main floor. Fridays and Saturdays for the post-performance DJ dance party.

  • Close By

    Just over Bowery on Bleecker Street is Von (3 Bleecker Street #1), which offers a solid DJ alternative to the live music at Bowery Electric.

Bowery Electric User Reviews

Average rating:
Chill spot
Gor G. Jun 10, 2013
The space is good, but spoiled, like most places, by people. This place gets super crowded, so depending on where you are, prepare to fight off the crowds for bar, bathroom, and breathing room. The crowd when I was there, on a cool, rainy night, was very college-y - fratty guys who think they are so cool and semi-attractive women who fall prey to cheesy group dynamics. The music was good, but it was almost impossible to get a beer. Also, the staff can be a bit over the top - I had a friend coming to meet us, and I went up to the ground floor entrance area to talk to him on the phone. I was yelled at a few times by the doorwoman, who threatened to call security on me (relax, there was no one else on the landing!). Also, the bouncers would not let my friend in since he was not carrying ID. Sure, makes sense if he were in his 20s... but he 1) had scan of his passport on his phone, 2)he is 38, and 3) he is a recognizable male model (alas, no Zoolander or Hansel - that Hansel he's so hot right now). I get that places need to be strict, but when it comes to aging party-goers, they should relax.
Pretty Sweet Live Music/Comedy Show Venue
Lillian K. Apr 24, 2013
Dark and whimsical, the Bowery Ballroom gives off the right amount of ambience for all types of rock n' roll and their fans. Whether you decide to go downstairs and chill or listen to some music on the floor, you are sure to find some fun. It can a bit crowded on the weekends or if a popular musician plays there, be sure to check the lineup beforehand so you know for sure what you're getting into. All in all, it's for those who are looking to get a drink and listen to some amazing new riffs or going to see a favorite artist, no matter what, you are going to have an exciting time! Bring all your out of towner friends, they will definitely have a ball!
Music & More: The Best of Both Worlds
Matt B. Feb 22, 2013
Bowery Electric is a unique venue – a swanky bar will be the first to catch your eye on the way in, but venture past the illuminated bottles and you’ll find some good performances here. On most weekend nights, there are two musical acts performing simultaneously – one downstairs on the main stage (usually a $10 cover) and usually an acoustic set upstairs. The main stage often features a lineup of solid acts, and most nights you’re bound to find at least one that will leave you going home satisfied. Downstairs is far more intimate – dim lighting with brick wall fixtures give the venue an authentic feel. Upstairs, you’re likely to find less artsy folks and more clubgoers, especially when there’s no acoustic act and a DJ fills in. Overall, there aren’t many other NYC music venues that find a charming balance between creative grunge and sophistication like Bowery Electric. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Party at the Bowery
Lorenn K. Feb 22, 2013
Beneath a large fluorescent blue sign, acting as a night light for the Bowery, lies the entrance to the Bowery Electric. Whether in the mood for a night of dancing or for simply sipping on a cocktail, the Bowery Electric delivers. Split into two sections, the upstairs lounge acts more as a traditional bar scene; popular music plays amongst the chatter of primarily young professionals as they socialize over rum and cokes and vodka tonics. Although admittance to the upstairs lounge has been permitted, another line awaits to go downstairs. This section of the bar puts the "electric" in Bowery Electric. The energy is high and the dance floor is where it's at. As lights flash, the DJ spins up everyone's favorite songs, old and new. The dance floor truly ignites when classics such as The Beatles' "Twist and Shout" causes everyone to erupt in seemingly choreographed moves. There is a lounge area and a bar just a few steps away when some rest and hydration is needed. The Bowery attracts a variety of New Yorkers from lower east side hipsters and music enthusiasts to Wall Streets suits and single professionals. The playlist is reason enough to strap on some dancing shoes and let loose for an evening of fun.
Fun but Hard to Get to
Katie G. Dec 12, 2012
We met a bunch of our friends over here for one of our birthdays. We had a spot in the corner which was great to grab drinks and to hang out with so many of our friends. The place was SO crowded that it was so tough getting to the bathrooms, and even when you got to the bathrooms the line was so long! There were a lot of stalls, however, and an attendant so it was smooth (ask me why I'm raving about bathrooms?). The music was great, definitely current! The bartenders looked wiped out, they were pouring so many drinks they didn't have time to really talk! I would go back, but I'm not from the city, so I'd have to drive in and the parking down there is awfullllllll
Great Music
Chelsea D. Oct 1, 2012
I came here one weekend with a big group of friends and had the best time - we danced all night! We were downstairs where they played the best mix of 80's and 90's music (I think they do this every Saturday). I've heard of people having issues with the staff here, but I had a great experience. I'd definitely go back on a Saturday when I'm in the mood for great music and dancing.
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