Shea Stadium

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Shea Stadium Owned and run by local musicians, Shea Stadium is a gritty DIY live music bar/recording studio where the cream of the city's indie music scene goes to play for a crowd of hipsters in exchange for a professional live recording... New York United States 40.7104209 -73.936368
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Party Earth Review Owned and run by local musicians, Shea Stadium is a gritty DIY live music bar/recording studio where the cream of the city’s indie music scene goes to play for a crowd of hipsters in exchange for a professional live recording... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    L: Grand Street-Bushwick Avenue, Montrose Avenue-Bushwick Avenue

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  • Hours:

    Approximately 6pm–midnight or a little later

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Shea Stadium Review

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Owned and run by local musicians, Shea Stadium is a gritty DIY live music bar/recording studio where the cream of the city's indie music scene goes to play for a crowd of hipsters in exchange for a professional live recording...

Owned and run by local musicians, Shea Stadium is a gritty DIY live music bar/recording studio where the cream of the city’s indie music scene goes to play for a crowd of hipsters in exchange for a professional live recording of the performance.

A long flight of industrial stairs leads the clientele of indie fans to a scruffy flannel-clad rocker collecting the cover charge, and beyond into a wide second-floor warehouse space decked out in rope lights, a disco ball, and the requisite Mets logo as a nod to the venue’s name.

Friendly post-punk nerds sell cheap beer from a cooler behind a counter to boisterous punker chicks, tattooed slackers, and groups of adventurous students, who chill out on dusty overstuffed couches or step out to the balcony to admire Bushwick’s industrial desert of rooftops.

The real focus at Shea, of course, is the packed calendar of live music events that feature everyone from scene heroes like Japanther and Krallice to a slew of unknowns and misfits.

Shows begin fairly early in the evening, when the man in the red-lit sound booth turns down the jams, and the ramshackle plywood stage is taken over by the night’s performers and their deafening onslaughts of ambient noise, indie pop, prog-slop, and psychedelic black metal played to an appreciative, if mellow, audience of music scenesters.

Unmarked and with no phone number, Shea Stadium is the epitome of Brooklyn’s underground scene, a relaxed yet electric den for rockers keeping it real.

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Tip from Jonah:

Shea Stadium is hard to find, so bring a friend who’s been there before if you can. Also, if the service entrance you end up at doesn’t work, try the one immediately to the left with ‘29’ painted on it – that should get you to the right staircase.

  • Crowd

    Brooklyn hipsters, metalheads, punkish rocker chicks, and college students, 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live indie bands most nights. Oldies and psych-rock played between sets. Occasional parties.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $6+. Beer $3, liquor $5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster fabulous: sleeveless t-shirts, flannel, short-shorts, tight jeans, leather jackets, big glasses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the more recognizable bands.

  • Close By

    Not exactly next door, but a few blocks south is Roberta’s (261 Moore Street) for some of the best pizza in Brooklyn.

Shea Stadium User Reviews

Average rating:
Tip: Not actually a stadium
Chris K. Nov 13, 2012
One might say Shea Stadium's greatest boon and curse is its location--this DIY recording studio/performance space is nearly impossible to find if you don't know where exactly you're going. If you do finally end up at the right semi-marked door and climb that ultra-steep death trap of a stairwell, you end up in a heavily-carpeted loft full of chill skinny jeans-wearing hipsters ready to hear some drone rock, indie do-wop, or experimental metal. While the guys who run the venue are extremely cool and fun to talk to, the crowd out on the balcony can be a little too inundated with cigarettes and gossip to handle. Really, any night at Shea Stadium can swing in any direction--it's really just about finding it.
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