Party Earth Review A big venue featuring some of the coolest up-and-coming musicians and DJs, the multilevel Southpaw is a magnet for a diverse mix of arty hipsters, thugged-out hip-hop types, and glossy party girls. An industrial split... ... read full review
125 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
D, N, R: Union Street–Fourth Avenue; 2, 3, 4: Bergen Street
Daily 7pm–4am (for events only)
PARK SLOPE, NEW YORK –
A big venue featuring some of the coolest up-and-coming musicians and DJs, the multilevel Southpaw is a magnet for a diverse mix of arty hipsters, thugged-out hip-hop types, and glossy party girls.
An industrial split-level bar and lounge in the main space features corrugated metal platforms and benches, where flirtatious parties of hip young professionals and upscale rockers throw back tallboys and shots.
The night’s bands or DJs take to the small curtained stage hung with Christmas lights, whose roster of local alumni like Das Racist mixes the venue’s club aesthetic with its rock roots.
While a rowdy club atmosphere and sweaty dancers prevail upstairs, private parties and intimate concerts are the name of the game in the downstairs lounge, DownSouth, where exposed brick and walls lined with pictures of city architecture give the place an old-school vibe.
A collection of vinyl records – including underground gems by indie acts like the World/Inferno Friendship Society – help the place maintain its rocker street cred, while its tireless calendar of events and dedication to live music make Southpaw a can’t-miss venue for music lovers.
Diverse mix of young professionals, working-class musicians, dancers, and punkish party animals, 20s to mid-30s.
Live music downstairs almost every night. Parties and theme nights with DJs during the week, including The Moth slam poetry on Mondays, The Rub hip-hop night every first Saturday, the bi-monthly I Love Vinyl party, and the Dig Deeper soul night every fourth Saturday. Bi-monthly Kings County General Store vintage market held on Sundays.
Cover charge $5–$25. Beer $3+, wine $5+, cocktails $4+.
Party casual: tight t-shirts, button-downs, jeans, blouses, cool heels, fly kicks.
Mondays for slam poetry, Thursdays for Ladies’ Night, and Fridays and Saturdays for big-name acts.
A few blocks away is The Rock Shop (249 Fourth Avenue), another Park Slope live music venue with a cool dedication to rock and roll.