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NYC’s 5 Most Underrated Music Bars

October 17, 2012 1:00 PM

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The CMJ Music Marathon is in town this week, filling NYC music venues with attention-hungry bands, college radio DJs and record industry scouts. While a week-long pass to the showcases is pricey, you don’t have to shell out tons of money to discover new music in this city. Here are the best bars to find under-the-radar musicians in the Big Apple. By Selena Ricks-Good.
glasslands gallery NYCs 5 Most Underrated Music Bars

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Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 599-1450
glasslands.blogspot.com

On the industrial edge of Williamsburg, Glasslands is a divey art and performance venue known for hosting bands before they go big, like Passion Pit.  With a capacity of only 275, this club gets packed quickly, so expect a steamy scene. The sound system might not be the best, but with cheap beer and a cover charge usually just $10, the crowd seems willing to let it slide. A night here will most definitely earn you your hipster badge.

zebulon NYCs 5 Most Underrated Music Bars

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Zebulon Cafe Concert

258 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 218-6934
zebuloncafeconcert.com

A dimly lit French cafe/bar, on any given night, the scene here jumps, jives and wails. Bands can range from jazz to electro to funk, and there’s usually no cover charge. The small crowd here is refreshingly unpretentious, and most likely prefers Miles Davis over

lakeside lounge NYCs 5 Most Underrated Music Bars

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Lakeside Lounge

162 Ave. B
New York, NY
(212) 529-8463
lakesidelounge.com

This bar might be full of kitsch, but it is so serious about music, it has its own record label. One band a night performs in the “Aloha Room,” and they tend to fall into the blues, rockabilly and garage punk categories. Likewise, the jukebox here spins Jerry Lee Lewis and Howlin’ Wolf. And if the band playing isn’t a crowd-pleaser, head to the vintage photobooth or Ms. PacMan game while you drink your cheap beer.

the delancey NYCs 5 Most Underrated Music Bars

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The Delancey

168 Delancey St.
New York, NY
(212) 254-9920
thedelancey.com

Better known for its lush, all-weather rooftop patio, The Delancey hosts a regular rotation of indie and punk rock bands in its basement. The long narrow bar space leads to a small stage equipped with high quality sound equipment (don’t forget your earplugs) and refreshingly functional AC.

littlefield NYCs 5 Most Underrated Music Bars

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Littlefield

622 Degraw St.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 855-3388
littlefieldnyc.com

A converted warehouse on the Carroll Gardens-Park Slope border (otherwise known as Gowanus), Littlefield is an eco-minded performance space equipped with a state-of-the-art soundsystem. Live music runs the gamut, from rock to hip-hop to experimental, while film screenings and comedy are regularly thrown into the mix. Sip old-school cocktails from a bar made from a salvaged bowling alley and soak all the arty-ness in.

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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.

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