Rockwood Music Hall

★★★★★
A cozy little venue tucked into the shy side of Allen Street, with nightly performances by singer-songwriters and bands, although the stage seems fit to burst when the latter goes on. The range of beer is impressive, especially for a live music venue, and the wine list isn't too shabby either.
  • 196 Allen St# 198

    New York, NY 10002

    Cross street: Cross Streets bet. Houston & Stanton

    Map & Directions
  • 212-477-4155

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I almost hate to tell you how great this place is...It's already too popular now. Rightfully so, and it's ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC. Ken Rockwood has managed to turn a closet into a concert hall of sound and Tommy, the booker, has a knack for booking THE BEST talent in NYC. The Regular bar staff is super friendly - it's like stepping into the perfect little sphere of live music. The only problem is that with perfection comes popularity and with popularity comes big crowds including music industry peeps - one thing that becomes a drag at the already TINY venue. A small price to pay for an intimate night with truly amazing musicians.

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★★★★★

I almost hate to tell you how great this place is...It's already too popular now. Rightfully so, and it's ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC. Ken Rockwood has managed to turn a closet into a concert hall of sound and Tommy, the booker, has a knack for booking THE BEST talent in NYC. The Regular bar staff is super friendly - it's like stepping into the perfect little sphere of live music. The only problem is that with perfection comes popularity and with popularity comes big crowds including music industry peeps - one thing that becomes a drag at the already TINY venue. A small price to pay for an intimate night with truly amazing musicians.

Pros: Best sound system and mixing for live venue/ intimate/ GREAT artists

Cons: Very, very small often very crowded, but SO worth it

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This is a fun little spot for great drinks and awesome live music. It's on the small side, so be prepared to get crammed in. The bands I saw were all really good! I would definitely recommend it!

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★★★★☆

This is a fun little spot for great drinks and awesome live music. It's on the small side, so be prepared to get crammed in. The bands I saw were all really good! I would definitely recommend it!

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Wonderful intimate venue on the LES showcasing consistently good singer/songwriters and local bands. Always a chilled (but rocking) atmosphere - this is not your grunge and warm lager type venue. Most customers drink from the short, but well selected, wine list, served by the (generous) glass or bottle, but a good selection of bottled beers and liquor. Never had a problem with other customers (unlike one of the other reviews) - they're usually a quiet, attentive, mellow bunch enjoying the music whenever I'm there. hey don't serve food any more (which is a great pity) and the drinks prices are a little on the high side, but as there's no cover, and for the consistent quality of the music, I'm happy to pay!

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★★★★★

Wonderful intimate venue on the LES showcasing consistently good singer/songwriters and local bands. Always a chilled (but rocking) atmosphere - this is not your grunge and warm lager type venue. Most customers drink from the short, but well selected, wine list, served by the (generous) glass or bottle, but a good selection of bottled beers and liquor. Never had a problem with other customers (unlike one of the other reviews) - they're usually a quiet, attentive, mellow bunch enjoying the music whenever I'm there. hey don't serve food any more (which is a great pity) and the drinks prices are a little on the high side, but as there's no cover, and for the consistent quality of the music, I'm happy to pay!

Pros: Consistent quality of the music, atmosphere

Cons: Drinks prices, no food anymore

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My gf and I went here last Friday night to see a particular musician perform. The show itself was really good. The sound quality was great and it was definitely a nice hang out spot......IF YOU GET THERE EARLY. Otherwise, it becomes extremely crowded mostly with upper class, rich froo froos who don't have manners. We had a problem with one couple who deliberately stood right in front of us, blocking our view of the stage. The drink prices were also VERY HIGH. I paid $5 just for ONE bottle of domestic beer!! Big rip-off for a small lounge such as Rockwood. I would only recommend this place if one of your favorite musicians are performing there and you don't feel like paying a cover charge. Rockwood never charges a cover charge, but their drink prices make up for that.

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★★★☆☆

My gf and I went here last Friday night to see a particular musician perform. The show itself was really good. The sound quality was great and it was definitely a nice hang out spot......IF YOU GET THERE EARLY. Otherwise, it becomes extremely crowded mostly with upper class, rich froo froos who don't have manners. We had a problem with one couple who deliberately stood right in front of us, blocking our view of the stage. The drink prices were also VERY HIGH. I paid $5 just for ONE bottle of domestic beer!! Big rip-off for a small lounge such as Rockwood. I would only recommend this place if one of your favorite musicians are performing there and you don't feel like paying a cover charge. Rockwood never charges a cover charge, but their drink prices make up for that.

Pros: Great Sound quality for live music, no cover charge

Cons: Too small, over-crowded, rude patrons

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That last review had it nailed. This place is fabulous; good service, great drinks(eat before you come), and the music line-up is a dream. If there is an artist you especially want to see than do come earely to get seats. I stayed from 7-midnight and had a blast, when i left the place was still hopping.

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★★★★★

That last review had it nailed. This place is fabulous; good service, great drinks(eat before you come), and the music line-up is a dream. If there is an artist you especially want to see than do come earely to get seats. I stayed from 7-midnight and had a blast, when i left the place was still hopping.

Pros: music, atmosphere, prices

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This is the quintessential room to hear praiseworthy music in NYC. It's rumored that musicians are offering their eardrums to play here. The line-ups will keep you engaged. The warm ambiance enhances the total listening experience. The attention dedicated to sound is impeccable. It is evident that the proprietor has an endless pool of respect for the performers' craft. Check out the wine list and artistically prepared mediterranean food. The pannini selections are succulent and the homemade guacamole is superb. I heard a couple of newcomers ask if they could take the chef home with them!

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★★★★★

This is the quintessential room to hear praiseworthy music in NYC. It's rumored that musicians are offering their eardrums to play here. The line-ups will keep you engaged. The warm ambiance enhances the total listening experience. The attention dedicated to sound is impeccable. It is evident that the proprietor has an endless pool of respect for the performers' craft. Check out the wine list and artistically prepared mediterranean food. The pannini selections are succulent and the homemade guacamole is superb. I heard a couple of newcomers ask if they could take the chef home with them!

Pros: Friendly staff, music 7 nights, no cover

Cons: ltd seats, come early

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A floor-to-ceiling storefront window opens up the square room, a full bar stretches across one wall, and a curtain drapes around a catty-cornered stage. In a city where under-the-radar solo artists are often confined to…

 

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