6 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002
Hours: Music times vary
Subway: B,D to Grand St | F,J,M to Essex St/Delancey St
Written by: Sarah Oramas
Playing The Bowery Ballroom is a milestone for musicians moving up in their careers; it’s a beacon of indie success. With its high quality sound system, professional team of sound engineers and beautiful setting, Bowery Ballroom attracts up-and-coming acts, established bands, and those on the cusp of breaking to the next level.
Frank Bango started at The Bowery Ballroom as a bartender when it first opened in 1998, and has worked his way up to become the general manager. He ascribes the success of the venue to the fact that “it’s always had the same caliber of performances.”
The entrance of the Bowery Ballroom leads down to a basement level lounge that exudes a sense of the grungy, artistic history of the Lower East Side. It’s a hip room with a full bar, plenty of seating and space for socializing before and after the show.
The actual performance space is up a large staircase, lined by performers selling their merchandise. The main floor feels like a restored old time theater with beautifully polished wood floors, long theatrical curtains and great sight lines. Top it off with rock venue sound and you get a sense of what you are seeing matters.
There is a second bar at the back of the sizable dance floor, allowing fans to refresh their beverages without having to miss any of the show. The dance floor is flanked on both sides by staircases leading to the balcony, which houses an inset full bar and private booths on either side. Each side of the balcony accommodates six-eight small tables. For those lucky enough to snag a table, they offer a great vantage point for watching a show with a little distance from the main crowd.