Brooklyn’s Indie music scene is quite interesting, and that has resulted in a few phenomenal acts and artists during the past years. You can very well go to an intimate ‘it’ venue in Williamsburg, there’s plenty around, and remember, in case there’s no big name on the lineup, you may very well be able to see at least an up-and-coming star.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N 6th Street, Brooklyn; NY 11211, Phone: (718) 486-5400
The Music Hall of Williamsburg is actually not really a small venue, but despite the fact that it has 3 levels, you still will have that intimate feel as the stage is never far away. From the outside, the venue also doesn’t look so big as the nostalgic canopy over the entrance gives you that nostalgic small-club feeling.
The Music Hall is a top-of-the-line concert hall that has a phenomenal sound system that is used by a steady and impressive stream of the greatest and the biggest stars of indie music.
The Williamsburg Music Hall is working with the exactly the same bookers as Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom, the exceptional Manhattan venues, so top-notch artists come on stage regularly. You can take the L subway to Bedford Avenue.
361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Phone: (347) 529-6696
The Knitting Factory initially opened in 1987 as a haven for experimental and jazz music on Manhattan’s Houston Street, then to Tribeca in 1994 where it became a more accessible music venue. Rising rent, though, forced the Knitting Factory to relocate once more to its present Williamsburg location.
Though the showroom is quite a bit smaller than the Tribeca site, the management has successfully carried over the intimate, idiosyncratic charm. The venue now really is center for all sorts of music, comedy, and performing arts.
It is a relatively small venue that has a separate restaurant and bar area. The Knitting Factory’s musical lineup spans a wide range of styles, from indie rock to hip-hop or metal. Take the L subway to Bedford Avenue, or the J/M subway to Marcy Avenue.
61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249, Phone: (718) 963-3369
Brooklyn Bowl is more than a bowling alley. It is also a renown music venue and a restaurant. The venue is famous for its ecologically responsible construction and offers a wide range of musical acts.
Brooklyn Bowl was recognized in 2013 by Rolling Stone magazine as one of America’s twenty best music venues. It is a one-of-a-kind entertainment hall where you can eat, bowl, and listen to top-of-the-line music performers.
This is the place to experience the best in hip-hop, funk, indie rock or dance parties. and bowl at the same time. Take the L subway to Bedford Avenue.
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Phone: (718) 302-3770
This cozy stylish bar was earlier a local Italian food lunch place and, you’ve guessed it, a candy store is a music room in the back, and vintage charm is all over the place. The charm is in its façade, its patterned wallpaper, and its wooden tables. The place may feel a little kitschy but the music is top of the line, and the staff is knowledgeable.
The backroom resembles a train car, but Pepe’s Candy Store’s top attraction is the music stage where the lineup features lots of big local names and up and coming talent. They host poetry readings, trivia nights, and the best local bands of various genres. Take the L subway to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, Phone: (718) 636-4100
Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM is one of New York’s most interesting and important arts and entertainment venues, The Academy focuses on avant-garde musical performances and the performing arts. It is a high-end venue and brings top-of-the-line performers in various genres like jazz, African, hip-hop, or soul.
BAM, established in 1861, welcomes more than 550,000 visitors every year and has been offering music shows at its present location since 1908. Take the G subway to Fulton Street, and note that the BAM-Bus provides transportation back to Manhattan after the shows.