Hipster concert halls in Brooklyn

1) Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl is an 800-capacity music venue, a sixteen-lane bowling alley, and a traditional American restaurant operated by the popular citywide chain Blue Ribbon. The bars serve only draught beers brewed within Brooklyn. Fun fact: Bill Clinton held a fundraiser for his wife Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Presidency at Brooklyn Bowl.

venue entrance of Brooklyn Bowl

Gabriel Flores

61 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg

+1 718 963 3369


2) Brooklyn Steel

Named one of the 10 best live music venues in the USA by Rolling Stone Magazine, this warehouseturned- live music venue can hold 800 music lovers and has welcomed the likes of LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp, Pixies, and Arctic Monkeys. This former steel fabrication shop has an impressive speaker system and great sight lines that allows for a wide range of genres to shine.

exterior of concert venue Brooklyn Steel at Frost Street

319 Frost Street, East Williamsburg

+1 888 929 7849


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3) Kings Theatre

This magnificent old vaudeville and movie palace opened as Loew’s Kings Theatre in 1929. Following World War II, it steadily deteriorated until it officially closed in 1977. After a 95-million-dollar renovation, this state-of-the-art live performance venue reopened with meticulously restored plaster moldings, pink marble staircases, a honeycomb ceiling and an inaugural performance by Diana Ross in 2015.

retro exterior and signage of the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn

Gabriel Flores

1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush

+1 718 856 5464


4) Knitting Factory

This historic Knitting Factory opened as an experimental-noise sanctuary in 1987 on Houston Street in Manhattan. It relocated to TriBeCa in 1994 and slowly transformed into a more accessible concert hall, until they made a move to Williamsburg in 2009. There are two rooms: The Front Room, an airy bar area, with glass-front walls, big, cushy booths, and a large window into The Venue, the intimate and charming back, where the shows actually go on. The programming is a combination of small-stakes indie rock, comedy, underground hip-hop, and oddball one-off events.

A band playing at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg

+1 347 529 6696


5) Music Hall of Williamsburg

A short walk from the L train is the smaller music venue Music Hall of Williamsburg – it has a capacity of 550 people – that is operated by The Bowery Presents. The programming is indie rock, underground, cutting-edge or avant-garde rock concerts. It was there – when still called Northsix – that indie musician and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Smith performed live for the last time before his untimely death in 2003.

neon signs and people queueing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

Doug Kaplan

66 North 6th Street, Williamsburg

+1 718 486 5400


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