168 Delancey St
New York, 10002
Hours: 5p-4a Daily
Subway: J,M,F to Essex St/Delancey St
Written by: Daniel Morrow
Located next to the Williamsburg Bridge entrance, The Delancey combines the hipness of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with the dynamic party atmosphere of the Lower East Side.
The Delancey boasts three levels for entertainment. Enter the venue through a long, narrow corridor and walk straight down to the basement where the main performance stage features three to eight bands every night. Or, walk in the ground floor where patrons are entertained by singer-songwriters on a small stage with a well-maintained piano. Ample seating is found in the many curtained-off alcoves, or by the window overlooking the bridge. Alternatively, drinks can be ordered at the roof garden’s bar, while relaxing at the pond, surrounded by greenery.
The Delancey transforms itself for virtually all occasions. Both the ground and basement levels have a DJ for the later parts of each evening, and on Friday and Saturday nights the venue refashions itself into a veritable nightclub. There are Afro-punk themes, weekly burlesque shows and a fetish night once a month.
The stage lighting in the basement is made more dramatic by the room’s otherwise low light levels. Comfortable leather sofas fringe the room and a warm, red glow infuses the space. The crowd stands close to the stage creating an intimate energy. Even on quieter nights the high sound quality gives audience the feel of a much larger space. The in-house sound engineer, Marco, is particular about getting excellent results—as reported by audiences and bands alike. Indie/rock bands take the stage most nights, but the venue maintains a diverse nature with various genres and party nights.