Party Earth Review Not just another Lower East Side dive bar, Mercury Lounge is the place to be to see some of the best up-and-coming and underground talent in indie rock, and has hosted the likes of Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and The Yeah... ... read full review
217 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue-Houston
Lower East Side, New York –
Not just another Lower East Side dive bar, Mercury Lounge is the place to be to see some of the best up-and-coming and underground talent in indie rock, and has hosted the likes of Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Music fans who make it past the huge bouncer and the ticket girl will find themselves in a spare brick room, where like-minded young patrons in jeans and t-shirts gather at the long bar to gear up for the night’s performances or hobnob with the band members before the show.
The main action, however, takes place on the other side of the door in the back, which gives way to a modest performance area where hipsters cram into the open space to shuffle their feet and bob their heads to the beat of their favorite bands on stage just an arm’s length away.
With such a varied roster of acts covering all genres of rock, the vibe at Mercury is largely dependent on the bands and can switch from a mellow acoustic experience one night to an all-out rock and roll party the next.
While a small mobile bar provides a limited selection of beer, most patrons keep the drinking casual so they can focus on the music. Conversation is also rare while the bands are playing, but between sets there’s no lack of discussion among the music-savvy patrons.
Known for booking top talent, Mercury Lounge is the place to go for live music lovers who want to catch a quality show in an intimate atmosphere – before the featured band starts selling out arenas.
Musicians, hipsters, groupies, and fans of the band, 20s to 40s.
Live bands nightly play most variations of rock music. Check the website for listings.
Cover charge $5+. Beer $5+, cocktails $7+.
Casual: jeans, t-shirts, Converse sneakers, tank tops.
Any night a favorite band is playing.
Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen Street) is a live music venue featuring an array of singer/songwriters and indie rock music.