Fat Baby

Bar / Club / Live Music Venue / Lounge
Fat Baby A bi-level mix of upscale nightclub and rocking live music venue, the versatile Fat Baby caters to a diverse uptown/downtown clientele. New York United States 40.720019 -73.987712
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Fat Baby - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review A bi-level mix of upscale nightclub and rocking live music venue, the versatile Fat Baby caters to a diverse uptown/downtown clientele. Club-savvy hipsters, young, rebellious socialites, and chic entertainment professionals... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F, J, M, Z: Delancey Street-Essex Street

  • Phone:

    212-533-1888

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 7pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Fat Baby Review

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A bi-level mix of upscale nightclub and rocking live music venue, the versatile Fat Baby caters to a diverse uptown/downtown clientele.

A bi-level mix of upscale nightclub and rocking live music venue, the versatile Fat Baby caters to a diverse uptown/downtown clientele.

Club-savvy hipsters, young, rebellious socialites, and chic entertainment professionals tend to linger in the upper level, where a long bar, exposed brick, a crystal chandelier, and plenty of tufted red banquettes create a laid-back lounge scene.

Couples and flirty singles take their drinks to the mezzanine for a bit more privacy and a bird’s-eye view of the DJ booth, while more rambunctious groups looking for bottle service settle into the booths and kick back to the sounds of industrial techno.

Those who want to check out the live bands can pay a cover charge and venture downstairs to the narrow concert space, where they’ll find a completely different crowd of energetic tattooed club punks and hip-hop lovers gathered at the zebra wood bar or sprawling on couches in the dim glow of lanterns.

Once the music starts, patrons surge to the tiny stage in the back to groove to everything from Latin jazz to gothic rap-metal.

Unlike its peers, Fat Baby’s atmosphere doesn’t disintegrate in the warm, laid-back comfort of its upstairs lounge or fall apart in the dark and sweaty recesses of the basement bar – instead, the two rooms make for a unique combination not likely found in any other venue.

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Tip from Jonah:

The two different areas seem to be on totally different schedules – just as the live music ends downstairs, the party upstairs really gets going. Plan to stay all night and check out both scenes.

  • Crowd

    An odd mix of hipsters, uptown scenesters, young professionals, hip-hop wannabes, upscale punks, and couples, mostly 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin house, techno and hip-hop upstairs almost every night. Live jazz, rock, rap, and punk downstairs almost every night.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour daily 7–9pm.

  • Prices

    Live music cover charge $5–$10. Beer $5+, wine $8+, cocktails $12+, bottle service $190+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Club wear upstairs; stylish rocker wear and anything black downstairs.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for partying, and Wednesdays and Thursdays for the bands.

  • Close By

    A few blocks away is Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen Street), another dark and cool locale for live music and good times.

Fat Baby User Reviews

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Fat Baby Bar
Rosa A. Mar 30, 2013
Fat Baby is one of those bars where you go bar hopping in. It's pretty gaudy and the food is horrible. Not many hipsters go here (they're all in Williamsburg) and if you do find a hipster to talk to, good luck. The beer is cheap and the music is horrible and loud. All in all, a great place to stay in for 20 minutes when bar hopping. Just drink the beer and go.
Never will return...
Jami L. Jan 3, 2013
Good bar if you are underage and already wasted with nowhere else to go with a group of friends. Drinks are average and expensive, music is blasting, and the crowd is jam packed with a mix of young (-18) and older (+30). Somewhere good to go if you'd like to make a fool out of yourself and be surrounded with awkwardly dancing couples and creepy older men.
Nice to meet your arm pit
sarah j. Dec 28, 2012
I hope you have no issues with personal space. Fat baby is jam packed, filled to the max. You are literally in people's arm pits and tangled around limbs. I had no room to dance, hard to get a drink, and I could not hear a thing. Sorry Fat baby, I'm too old for you ;)
BLECCH
Chris K. Nov 26, 2012
Oh, Fat Baby, you are confusing and infuriating. This Rivington club has two faces, the top floor and basement. The former is done as a semi-luxurious club with sunken seats and a balcony surrounding a massive gilded chandelier, in which upper crusters party to cool beats spun by soul-patched DJs. The basement serves as a bar and concert venue, where small blues, rock, and rap bands can be found blasting onlookers with their tunes. But honestly, neither of these sides of Fat Baby do it right--the upstairs is too small to be a proper club, and the downstairs is too nice to be an actual gritty downtown venue. Overall, this place tries to offer its patrons everything, and in the end it comes away with seemingly nothing.
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