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Best NYC Small Music Venues

Best Small Music Venues in the Big Apple

Being a native New Yorker, we are used to a plethora of grand slam music venues. Some so big that the electricity from the crowd capacity alone can light up the Empire State building. Sound temples like Radio City or a concert at MSG and Carnegie Hall are the cornerstones of our great city’s live music empire. We sometimes have an inclining for something more intimate, something only a “small spot” can satisfy, and nowhere satisfies more than the few venues we are going to name here in our RMRS NYC Guide to small music venues.


The Carlyle Hotel front of location

Our first stop is at the CAFÉ CARLYLE, which rests on the upper east side. Here is a place that time capsules in upon an era long gone, but still treasured. Since opening its doors in 1955, this spot has had headliners serenading audiences by the like of Judy Collins and Michael Feinstein. Class and sophistication are a few words that can sum up such a magical place. Hopefully future generations continue to enjoy the musical landmark. Check it out here.


Going down to the Lower East side we find ourselves in the “Cake Shop” cheap cover and no holds barred drinking a recipe for raw tunes is sure to manifest. Local bands got their chance and started here, and listeners got an experience only the cake shop could provide. Check it out here.


In Park Slope, we can’t help but stop at the Union Hall, a venue packing audiences for both comedy and music, you have a place with a unique mystique that isn’t found in many stage rooms. Many show running Admission between $5-$20 many local bands line up for an opportunity to grace its famous stage. RESPECT!

Check it out here.


St. Mazie Live performance image

St. Mazie is a gem found deep in Williamsburg close to Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. This venue is a Flirtatious flashback to the 30-40s in rich décor and accents. The visuals are as enticing as the sounds, which there is no telling if you will get ragtime, swing, or the blues. Stop by enjoy music and Brunch!
Bet you can’t beat that! Check it out here.

Rehearsal space at Rivington Music

Inspired by a recent performance? Ready to practice? Book some music rehearsal time now at Rivington Music.  

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