Mercury Lounge

★★★★★
  • 217 E Houston St

    New York, NY 10002

    Cross street: At Essex St./Ave. A

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  • 212-260-4700

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Never been before the other night, but went to go see a friend of a friend play. Pretty good venue in terms of space and sound. Beer wasn't too expensive either.

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★★★★☆

Never been before the other night, but went to go see a friend of a friend play. Pretty good venue in terms of space and sound. Beer wasn't too expensive either.

Pros: Good sound, decently priced drinks

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Mercury Lounge is a great music venue on the Lower East Side. The space is pretty small which makes for a more intimate show, which is nice. They also seem to have a lot of great up-and-coming bands passing through. I really enjoyed the show I was able to see here and would go back.

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★★★★☆

Mercury Lounge is a great music venue on the Lower East Side. The space is pretty small which makes for a more intimate show, which is nice. They also seem to have a lot of great up-and-coming bands passing through. I really enjoyed the show I was able to see here and would go back.

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The London Souls rolled into the Lower East Side, Tuesday night, for the second show of their three week residency at the Mercury Lounge. One of NYC??s Austin, TX-esque venues, with bar in the front and stage in the back, the Mercury Lounge is the perfect place (in Manhattan) to experience music in its most raw, underground form. Even with lights low, the room, said to hold 250 people, provided a perfect view of the stage, even from the back wall. As for the sound, I hope you like it loud.

I was able to catch the end of the opening set by The Auctioneers, which was good, although I felt embarrassed for the bassist as he tried to get a slow clap going when the majority of the crowd had one hand occupied with a drink. Around 11pm, the Souls took the stage. I had seen them late last year as openers for the Tom Petty Fest, held at the Bowery Ballroom. They started the set with a few of their lower energy jams, including one of their few recorded songs, ??Someday? (full album to be released soon, hopefully). As they took a mid-show break to rehydrate, the crowd entered into a chorus of the ??Happy Birthday song,? which was welcomed by lead singer, Tash. After the breather, the set turned to the songs I remembered from the last show, which lead me to describe the sound as having elements of both Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. They ended the show with the fast paced, ??I Think I Like It,? which includes the lyrics, ??She??s crazy (she??s crazy), but (I think I like it).?

It may be difficult for even the semi-serious music fan to find a band they know playing at the Mercury Lounge, so check out the final show of the London Souls?? residency on 2/9. Or just pick a random show; it??ll be cheap and maybe you??ll find yourself in on the ground floor of the next big thing.

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★★★★☆

The London Souls rolled into the Lower East Side, Tuesday night, for the second show of their three week residency at the Mercury Lounge. One of NYC??s Austin, TX-esque venues, with bar in the front and stage in the back, the Mercury Lounge is the perfect place (in Manhattan) to experience music in its most raw, underground form. Even with lights low, the room, said to hold 250 people, provided a perfect view of the stage, even from the back wall. As for the sound, I hope you like it loud.

I was able to catch the end of the opening set by The Auctioneers, which was good, although I felt embarrassed for the bassist as he tried to get a slow clap going when the majority of the crowd had one hand occupied with a drink. Around 11pm, the Souls took the stage. I had seen them late last year as openers for the Tom Petty Fest, held at the Bowery Ballroom. They started the set with a few of their lower energy jams, including one of their few recorded songs, ??Someday? (full album to be released soon, hopefully). As they took a mid-show break to rehydrate, the crowd entered into a chorus of the ??Happy Birthday song,? which was welcomed by lead singer, Tash. After the breather, the set turned to the songs I remembered from the last show, which lead me to describe the sound as having elements of both Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. They ended the show with the fast paced, ??I Think I Like It,? which includes the lyrics, ??She??s crazy (she??s crazy), but (I think I like it).?

It may be difficult for even the semi-serious music fan to find a band they know playing at the Mercury Lounge, so check out the final show of the London Souls?? residency on 2/9. Or just pick a random show; it??ll be cheap and maybe you??ll find yourself in on the ground floor of the next big thing.

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Ive never been a fan. Its pretty touristy and a bit sterile. They really dont book good local bands. Its more just for out of town 1990's sounding alt-indie from mid-sized labels who use expensive booking agents and pr. It is not a down-home nyc rocknroll place. Mercury is part of an exclusive loop of clubs including Bowery Ballroom and similar operators.

If you want to see what is really happening in the ny underground scene then go elsewhere. and Definitely dont go there for the sake of drinking.... find a cheaper bar before and after.

However, I certainly give them credit for recently booking "Germs Return" aka the Germs. Also, kudos for surviving so long in their pricey location on Houston street. Ultimately, I prefer to have Mercury there in the village instead of some douchey "night at the roxbury" type club.

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★★★☆☆

Ive never been a fan. Its pretty touristy and a bit sterile. They really dont book good local bands. Its more just for out of town 1990's sounding alt-indie from mid-sized labels who use expensive booking agents and pr. It is not a down-home nyc rocknroll place. Mercury is part of an exclusive loop of clubs including Bowery Ballroom and similar operators.

If you want to see what is really happening in the ny underground scene then go elsewhere. and Definitely dont go there for the sake of drinking.... find a cheaper bar before and after.

However, I certainly give them credit for recently booking "Germs Return" aka the Germs. Also, kudos for surviving so long in their pricey location on Houston street. Ultimately, I prefer to have Mercury there in the village instead of some douchey "night at the roxbury" type club.

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I have to say ive been three times and I love it! they book the best bands and groups and thats where a lot of the break out bands started.

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★★★★★

I have to say ive been three times and I love it! they book the best bands and groups and thats where a lot of the break out bands started.

Pros: The enviroment

Cons: Just at times its crowded

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This is an awesome place. Saw Sleater-Kinney here last year and just awesome. It's clean and I like the set-up, bar in front, and behind plush curtains an ample floor to watch shows.

2
★★★★★

This is an awesome place. Saw Sleater-Kinney here last year and just awesome. It's clean and I like the set-up, bar in front, and behind plush curtains an ample floor to watch shows.

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this place is awesome =---great bar, great sound and they also attract many top acts that are playing . i saw ALO here and it was kicking! this place is a classic place...the Replacements and everyone else has played here--very small---i like that

2
★★★★★

this place is awesome =---great bar, great sound and they also attract many top acts that are playing . i saw ALO here and it was kicking! this place is a classic place...the Replacements and everyone else has played here--very small---i like that

Pros: easy to find

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Mercury Lounge is one of my favorite places in the city to see bands play. It's in a great area (the Lower East Side), a good number of established and up-and-coming indie rock bands play there, and best of all, it's small. The bar area is separated from the room where the stage is by a door, which I think is nice because it separates the people who want to drink and talk loudly while a band is playing from the people who really want to see and be able to hear the band. Their box office also sells tickets for Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall shows, so you can stop by to get tickets for all three places at once without paying Ticketweb fees.

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★★★★★

Mercury Lounge is one of my favorite places in the city to see bands play. It's in a great area (the Lower East Side), a good number of established and up-and-coming indie rock bands play there, and best of all, it's small. The bar area is separated from the room where the stage is by a door, which I think is nice because it separates the people who want to drink and talk loudly while a band is playing from the people who really want to see and be able to hear the band. Their box office also sells tickets for Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall shows, so you can stop by to get tickets for all three places at once without paying Ticketweb fees.

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I've seen a few bands at the Mercury Lounge over the years. I've also seen some of those bands in larger, more mainstream places. The difference is always apparent: the bands always manage to connect much better with the audience, and the audience ends up enjoying the music a lot more.

The sound is very good, and the space is cosy but comfortable. The club is a perfect size: big enough so it doesn't feel claustrophobic, but small enough that (unlike in a place like the Roseland) you can still see the stage over people's heads. The prices are usually very affordable, though that of course depends on the band.

PROS: Good prices, cozy, good sound
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4
★★★★☆

I've seen a few bands at the Mercury Lounge over the years. I've also seen some of those bands in larger, more mainstream places. The difference is always apparent: the bands always manage to connect much better with the audience, and the audience ends up enjoying the music a lot more.

The sound is very good, and the space is cosy but comfortable. The club is a perfect size: big enough so it doesn't feel claustrophobic, but small enough that (unlike in a place like the Roseland) you can still see the stage over people's heads. The prices are usually very affordable, though that of course depends on the band.

PROS: Good prices, cozy, good sound
CONS:

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This place gets excellent gigs and gets pretty popular on the lower east side. They sell out pretty quickly. The only negative I find is that the place isn't as roomy as some and at certain times, gets really jammed up. The cost of beverages, I'd say, is about 6-7 dollars.

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★★★★☆

This place gets excellent gigs and gets pretty popular on the lower east side. They sell out pretty quickly. The only negative I find is that the place isn't as roomy as some and at certain times, gets really jammed up. The cost of beverages, I'd say, is about 6-7 dollars.

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Mercury books the best small acts in the city, hands down. The sound is fantastic for a small venue, and the showgoers typically friendly.
Though the bar staff is slow-moving and seemingly disinterested in their work, and the strict door keeps the venue below capacity at all times, overall, it's definetly worth a visit.
Keep in mind that tickets for more popular acts usually sell out, and unless you're in line at the door when it opens, it's easy to get shut out of a show that isn't.

2
★★★★☆

Mercury books the best small acts in the city, hands down. The sound is fantastic for a small venue, and the showgoers typically friendly.
Though the bar staff is slow-moving and seemingly disinterested in their work, and the strict door keeps the venue below capacity at all times, overall, it's definetly worth a visit.
Keep in mind that tickets for more popular acts usually sell out, and unless you're in line at the door when it opens, it's easy to get shut out of a show that isn't.

Pros: Great acts, Great sound, Strong drinks

Cons: , Quick sellouts

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ive only been there twice, but i was very happy in both my visits there. most recently was to see auf der maur perform. with things like that, helps to get there early. you can meet the band, as we did, and beat the lines. the record label people usually come just before showtime, so getting there early gets you a good spot. the sound quality is great. not overpowering like other similar sized venues. i dont really drink when i go to shows, so i cant say how service was. i just had a coke and the guy got it for me quick, so it was good. i recommend the mercury lounge if you're all about smaller venues and independent bands/labels.

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★★★★☆

ive only been there twice, but i was very happy in both my visits there. most recently was to see auf der maur perform. with things like that, helps to get there early. you can meet the band, as we did, and beat the lines. the record label people usually come just before showtime, so getting there early gets you a good spot. the sound quality is great. not overpowering like other similar sized venues. i dont really drink when i go to shows, so i cant say how service was. i just had a coke and the guy got it for me quick, so it was good. i recommend the mercury lounge if you're all about smaller venues and independent bands/labels.

Pros: good sound quality, small size, clean bathroom

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one of the most consistent places to see better than average live music, but that's about it's only strength. the bar area is incredibly narrow and constantly clogged in a battle between those standing at the bar (or against the wall) drinking, and those going from the door to the live room.. acoustically, the space sounds great, and it's a big stepping stone for bands-about-to-be so you can catch some great acts before they get too big and you have to pay $20 to see them at bowery..

2
★★★★★

one of the most consistent places to see better than average live music, but that's about it's only strength. the bar area is incredibly narrow and constantly clogged in a battle between those standing at the bar (or against the wall) drinking, and those going from the door to the live room.. acoustically, the space sounds great, and it's a big stepping stone for bands-about-to-be so you can catch some great acts before they get too big and you have to pay $20 to see them at bowery..

Pros: great live music, excellent sound

Cons: crappy bar, crowded

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The Mercury Lounge is a good place to see a concert. Either you sit along the sides or grab a seat at the bar, which you can hear the music rather well.

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★★★★★

The Mercury Lounge is a good place to see a concert. Either you sit along the sides or grab a seat at the bar, which you can hear the music rather well.

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I have been to the Mercury lounge many times. In my opinion it has the best room in NYC, perhaps the best room I've ever been to. The sound is great, the stage is decent sized. The bar is a little crapmed, but who cares the music is what its all about. Their management does a great job of finding some really great local acts and a lot of smaller tours stop there. Great place to see up and comings.

2
★★★★★

I have been to the Mercury lounge many times. In my opinion it has the best room in NYC, perhaps the best room I've ever been to. The sound is great, the stage is decent sized. The bar is a little crapmed, but who cares the music is what its all about. Their management does a great job of finding some really great local acts and a lot of smaller tours stop there. Great place to see up and comings.

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Come as you are bar that's great if you either go there all the time (I suppose) or if you happen to catch a great show. A classic stage-in-a-square-room - the acoustics are just fine - where very good college bands and longstanding hip musicians play (10/1/02: ropeadope festival w/ V. Reid, M. Gordon on bass). The crowd is mostly early 20's, but with a solid lower east side element that ought to allow just about anybody to relax. The website is informative. Rock and $5 for a Brooklyn Lager: what else do you want out of life?

2
★★★★★

Come as you are bar that's great if you either go there all the time (I suppose) or if you happen to catch a great show. A classic stage-in-a-square-room - the acoustics are just fine - where very good college bands and longstanding hip musicians play (10/1/02: ropeadope festival w/ V. Reid, M. Gordon on bass). The crowd is mostly early 20's, but with a solid lower east side element that ought to allow just about anybody to relax. The website is informative. Rock and $5 for a Brooklyn Lager: what else do you want out of life?

Pros: good shows, brooklyn lager, freakiness factor

Cons: few seats, avoid off nights, freakiness factor

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I've been to a bunch of shows here (the Vines, B.R.M.C, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arlo, etc.) and the Mercury Lounge is the best. It does get crowded in the front but the staff is friendly, and the sound is outta this world.

2
★★★★★

I've been to a bunch of shows here (the Vines, B.R.M.C, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arlo, etc.) and the Mercury Lounge is the best. It does get crowded in the front but the staff is friendly, and the sound is outta this world.

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Good sight lines, excellent sound and generally spot-on bookings make Mercury Lounge a place rock fans in NYC find themselves again and again.

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★★★★★

Good sight lines, excellent sound and generally spot-on bookings make Mercury Lounge a place rock fans in NYC find themselves again and again.

 

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