Explore the top spots to enjoy great acts across New York City’s most eclectic borough
Full of museums, parks, art, and music, Brooklyn
is the ideal place for those looking to broaden their horizons by taking in all of the culture that New York City has to offer. One of Brooklynites’ favorite pastimes, and something that draws New Yorkers from all over Manhattan, is the borough’s live music scene. Here is your guide to the best spots to catch a show.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Showcasing indie rock bands in one of Brooklyn’s most popular neighborhoods, the Music Hall of Williamsburg
is a triple-tiered music venue with three bars and top-shelf talent performing nearly every night. It is known as the place to discover bands on their way up or to catch your favorite indie group among a lively group of people. This venue exudes an intimate feel in the heart of Williamsburg.
Named one of the 10 best live music venues in America by Rolling Stone magazine last year, Brooklyn Steel
is a large-capacity concert space housed in a 20,000-square-foot converted steel fabrication warehouse. Many big-name musical acts have performed here since the venue’s opening in 2017, ranging from LCD Soundsystem to the Arctic Monkeys. New Yorkers flock to Brooklyn Steel for its high-energy atmosphere and superb sound system.
With 16 high-tech bowling alleys, live musical performances, and food by one of New York’s beloved hospitality groups, Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn Bowl
is the perfect combination of entertainment and tasty food in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. The venue was built with the environment in mind. It was the first bowling alley in the country to be LEED certified, and it incorporates recycled and green construction throughout, including the concert stage floor built using recycled truck tires and glass reclaimed from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Knitting Factory - Brooklyn
The New York-based Knitting Factory
is a Brooklyn staple that has brought poetry, performance art, standup comedy, rock, and jazz to its patrons over the years. Originally opened in New York in the late 1980s, the Knitting Factory has spread to additional venues across the country. Today, the venue brings a mix of well-known acts and up-and-coming performers to Brooklyn for fans and music lovers to enjoy in a low-lit, relaxed space.