Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Music Hall of Williamsburg Music Hall of Williamsburg is an indie darling concert hall that attracts fans from all over New York. Catch an amazing show in NYC with Party Earth. New York United States 40.71929 -73.961711
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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

  • Subway:

    L: Bedford Avenue

  • Phone:

    Box Office: 718-486-5400

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Doors typically open at 8pm, with shows commencing at 9pm
    Headliner often does not go on until 10 or 11pm for big shows

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Music Hall of Williamsburg Videos

Tune Yards @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 11/21/2009
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Party Earth Music Hall of Williamsburg Review

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Music Hall of Williamsburg is an indie darling concert hall that attracts fans from all over New York. Catch an amazing show in NYC with Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

On the fence about whether or not to catch the opener? Do it! There’s $5 craft during the pre-show Happy Hour!

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, drunkards, musicians, aspiring photographers, music journalists, future bobos, mostly 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    MHoW draws some of the biggest names on the indie circuit, from electronic to rock to hip-hop, with a peppering of mainstream acts.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Tickets $15–$30+. Beer $4–$8, wells $6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual: skinny jeans, Top Siders, animal t-shirts, waxed staches, Malcolm X glasses, beanies, Chucks, Danny Brown haircuts, retro garb, fishnets, dark dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime a band of interest is set to take the stage.

  • Close By

    The Levee (212 Berry Street) is a popular dive offering cheap drinks, pool, darts, and pinball.

Music Hall of Williamsburg User Reviews

Average rating:
Skye L T. Apr 14, 2013
The Music Hall of Williamsburg is by far one of my favorite NYC venues. You can catch a wide variety of genres, tickets/drinks/coat check not over priced at all, and every time I've been there, the ever important crowd-vibes were amazing. The staff is also really friendly, so you feel your really free to have a great time here. My favorite place to stand is the upper left balcony where you can see the full show, yet not feel like you are packed in with the crowd. Follow their website for all up-coming shows and if your favorite act stops by there be sure not-to-miss!
Your Next Concert Should Be At The Music Hall of Williamsburg
Shane C. Mar 14, 2013
I have been to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to see a variety of live acts. I've seen local hip hop, punk rock, and singer songwriters at the venue, which is a close walk to the waterfront. Each genre does very well in a venue like the Music Hall. It's spacious with a large stage but still intimate enough for the audience and the band to have a real connection. The energy is palpable there and the bar is both upstairs and downstairs. The upstairs bar, by the band merchandise behind the sound guy, is a modest bar has the essentials. Cheap beer on tap is always a plus. The downstairs bar, where the bathrooms are as well, offers more of a lounge setting. So if you show up early to the show there is plenty of space to sit and have a few before going upstairs to watch the show. There is also a "VIP" section on the balcony. Although the balcony section is actually reserved for VIP, it is usually open to all people. It's a nice alternative to watching the live acts if you don't feel like standing, as there are tables along the balcony that have a great view from above the stage. I've never experienced a long line waiting to get in to the venue either. The staff is pretty efficient. I've been to other venues for the same bands in NYC and have waited forever outside on a line. The Music Hall is well staffed and runs a tight ship. I'd definitely recommend catching a show there. They book great shows. Both international and local acts come through the venue, so it's a good idea to stay in tune with their line up. You can keep up with them @
Aw, Hell yes
Chris K. Nov 16, 2012
The problem many independent bands used to be that they couldn't afford to or draw a crowd large enough for the Manhattan venues, but the Village and Brooklyn places were utter crap. Not so. The Music Hall of Williamsburg is an example of that, a medium-sized well-kept concert hall where intermediate bands ranging from techno-pop to war metal can come and play a sizable stage to a crowd that doesn't have to cuddle to fit inside. Add to it a nice drink selection, an easy-enough door, and a constantly satisfactory calendar of artists, and you've got yourself one of the best spots in Billyburg.
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