Party Earth Review Three bars and two levels of seating offer lots of views and plenty of booze at the 550-capacity hipster haven – and former mayonnaise factory – that is the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Owned and operated... ... read full review
66 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L: Bedford Avenue
Box Office: 718-486-5400
Doors typically open at 8pm, with shows commencing at 9pm
Headliner often does not go on until 10 or 11pm for big shows
WILLIAMSBURG, NEW YORK –
Three bars and two levels of seating offer lots of views and plenty of booze at the 550-capacity hipster haven – and former mayonnaise factory – that is the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Owned and operated by The Bowery Presents – same guys behind Bowery Ballroom – the venue focuses on indie acts, with a wide roster of past performers that includes everyone from Fiona Apple and John Mayer to Ani DiFranco and They Might Be Giants.
The first bar on the couch-strewn ground floor sees its biggest crunch pre-show, when regulars and first time visitors alike revel in the anomaly of a $5 beer at a NYC music hall.
Once the music gets going in the main hall upstairs, rowdy fans gravitate toward the spacious floor in front of the stage, while more laid-back patrons scour the balcony for the perfect vantage point.
Bar number two sits directly across from the merch booth at stage level, and draws a steady traffic of concertgoers mingling between sets. The upstairs bar features more couches and ample seating where revelers can rest their feet beneath the hanging spotlights.
A Shepard Fairey-designed “Obey” mural separates the couches from the bleachers, which offer better performance views, while an acoustic-enhancing sloped ceiling anchors a dangling disco ball that reflects young bloodshot eyes – and at least one crowd surfer – on most nights at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s largest indie hubs.
Hipsters, drunkards, musicians, aspiring photographers, music journalists, future bobos, mostly 20s.
MHoW draws some of the biggest names on the indie circuit, from electronic to rock to hip-hop, with a peppering of mainstream acts.
No food. $25 credit card minimum at the bars. All shows require ID, even the occasional performance that is not 21+.
Outdoor smoking section.
Box office cash only.
Tickets $15–$30+. Beer $4–$8, wells $6.
Hipster casual: skinny jeans, Top Siders, animal t-shirts, waxed staches, Malcolm X glasses, beanies, Chucks, Danny Brown haircuts, retro garb, fishnets, dark dresses.
Anytime a band of interest is set to take the stage.
The Levee (212 Berry Street) is a popular dive offering cheap drinks, pool, darts, and pinball.