The Lower East Side of Manhattan is home to a killer music scene. The multitude of intimate venues showcasing really promising talent are worth the trek downtown. Since each place is special for its own reasons, we’re going to break it down for you so you don’t have to bar hop for hours before finding the perfect hangout.

Bowery Ballroom

Okay, so maybe describing this venue as “intimate” is misleading because of its 550 person capacity, but you can usually find this place manageable and even make your way near the stage without spilling your drink all over the place. Two cash bars, upstairs and downstairs, with reasonable prices satisfy your thirst while an up-and-coming artist sings their heart out on stage. Upcoming acts include Nicole Atkins and We Are Scientists.

6 Delancey St

New York, NY 10002

(212) 533-2111


Rockwood Music Hall

Have double the fun at Rockwood Music Hall, nestled on the corner of Allen and Houston streets. Two rooms with separate entrances separated by a wall make up this lower east side hot spot. The first room should probably only fit 20 people but manages to squeeze in around 40.

The stage’s lighting is impressive and there’s more of an opportunity to mingle with other fans. With all their stages, there are usually new acts every hour, great for squeezing in several bands in one night.

196 Allen St

New York, NY 10002

(212) 477-4155

Arlene’s Grocery

Don’t let the name and exterior fool you – this music (and not food shopping) venue is a favorite among locals for its crazy Monday night karaoke backed by a real band. The energetic vibe makes for a fun night at Arlene’s Grocery, no matter who you’re there to see (or what you’re there to sing).

Arlenes Grocery 2

95 Stanton St

New York, NY 10002

(212) 358-1633

Remember these cool places when you feel like having a chill night with great music. Make your night even cooler and take Seastreak into the city. We’re confident you’ll spend less time stressing about the trip and more time practicing your karaoke song on your way to check out the Lower East Side Music Scene.

Sea you soon,

The Seastreak Family

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