Party Earth Review There’s no better proof that New York is the city that never sleeps than the uber-cool, slightly schizophrenic Cake Shop, a round-the-clock upstairs vegan bakery café by day and indie/hipster basement concert space by... ... read full review
152 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
J, F, M, Z: Delancey Street-Essex Street
Café: daily 9am–2am
Bar: M–Th, Su 5pm–2am, F–Sa 5pm–4am
Lower East Side, New York –
There’s no better proof that New York is the city that never sleeps than the uber-cool, slightly schizophrenic Cake Shop, a round-the-clock upstairs vegan bakery café by day and indie/hipster basement concert space by night.
As famous for its chocolate cupcakes as for its cheap cans of Rolling Rock, the versatile venue also houses a record shop selling an eclectic mix of music from rare soul 45s to 80s rock records, as well as records from their own music label, Capeshok.
By day, the café’s free Wi-Fi draws Lower East Side freelance writers and designers who find the orange faux-wood paneling and big tables – not to mention the endless supply of quality coffee and legendary sweets – conducive to working.
Once the bar opens at 5pm, the vibe totally changes as underground music lovers follow the mint-green staircase down to a long, narrow, and dimly-lit lair whose twinkling Christmas lights and red tinsel cast an intimate glow over the artsy types and hipsters dancing around the tiny stage or squeezing in by the bar to refuel on those cheap cans of beer and equally cheap hard liquor.
Seating is sparse and difficult to find, but as long as the music is playing, the denizens of Cake Shop’s nighttime party scene are much too busy rocking to the beat of the incredibly loud indie bands to even think of sitting down.
Artsy music lovers, underground scenesters, hipsters, college kids, and music industry types, 20s.
Regular roster of indie bands. Occasional readings, comedy nights, and movies. Check the website for nightly listings. Free Wi-Fi.
The upstairs bakery and café serves vegan treats, sandwiches, and salads. Happy Hour daily 5–8pm.
Cover charge $10 or less. Beer $3+, cocktails $10+, mixed drinks $5+, shots $5+, coffee/tea $2+, pastries $3+.
Lower East Side hipster style, including ironic tattoos, ripped t-shirts, and imaginative color/pattern combinations for both sexes.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for more established underground bands, though there’s usually something going on every night.
Welcome To The Johnsons (123 Rivington Street) offers a living-room vibe with cheap beer, pool tables, and indie tunes at a lower volume.