Unique Brooklyn Music Venues

Six Odd and Cool Places to see Music in Brooklyn

You can watch a concert at an arena like Barclays Center, but if you really want to have your finger on the pulse of Brooklyn's music scene, head to these six unique venues around Brooklyn. See your favorite band at a historic restored movie palace or at a record store in Williamsburg.  There are many cool places to see shows in this borough. Enjoy!

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    Kings Theatre
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    The Kings Theatre opened in 1929 as a movie palace and live performance theater, and was noted as a "Loews Wonder Theatre." However, it went into decline in the 1970s and was shuttered for many years. In 2015, after extensive renovations, the theatre reopened as a concert venue and theatre. Since the opening, it's hosted numerous shows including Wilco, Sleater Kinney, and many others. If you don't want to see a show, you can still tour the theatre. This architectural gem is a must-visit during a trip to Brooklyn. Kings Theatre also offers Happy Hour Tours for those twenty one and older, where you can have a glass of wine as you tour this historic theatre. 

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    Warsaw is a Polish Community Center, "where pierogies meet punk," hosts bands like Weezer, and also has a menu of pierogies. Hang out at the bar or watch a band in their ballroom. There is a retro vibe and dive bar atmosphere at this casual concert venue in the Polish National House in Greenpoint. They host various indie bands and is a fun place to hear music and hang out at the bar. Don't forget to save room for some polish comfort food.

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    Listen to Beethoven and Brahms on a floating barge docked at the Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge. Since 1977, Barge Music has been a vital part of Brooklyn's cultural scene. On Saturdays at 4pm, Barge Music hosts Music in Motion, a one hour free concert series for families followed by a Q & A with the musicians. If you do have kids in tow, you must stop by the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, which is across the street from the barge. Check out their schedule for a list of unforgettable classical concerts.

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    If you thought watching a band at a bowling alley was something that only happened on Happy Days, think again. This uber hipster bowling alley in Williamsburg attracts an impressive line up of musicians. Play a game or hang out on the dance floor at Brooklyn Bowl. They also have DJ's spin some great tunes. This is the perfect spot to dine, dance and bowl, while also hearing a wide range of bands.

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    The Brooklyn outpost of this London based record store, has an intimate concert venue at the back of the shop. The atmosphere of the spacious store filled with books and vinyl is similar to many places like Tower Records, HMV, which have unfortunately disappeared from the current cultural landscape. These were places where serious music lovers congregated for decades, and it's refreshing to hang out at Rough Trade. Like the shop's inventory, the well-curated list of performers, is a reflection of the best in the indie music scene. Occasionally famous performers like Regina Spektor, etc hold concerts at this cozy venue in the heart of hipster Williamsburg. From emerging bands to well-known musicians, this 

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    This relatively new venue (opened in 2017) housed in a former steel factory is a becoming a favorite for NYC music lovers. The space incorporates some of the original decor from the steel factory into its sleek modern design. With a calendar filled with musicians ranging from Elvis Costello and the Imposters to Pixies, it attracts an indie music crowd. Brooklyn Steel can accommodate 1200-1800 people, depending on the concert. The acoustics are incredible and this spacious and airy concert venue is a must-visit. Located in East Williamsburg and Bushwick, it's a short walk to the heart of these vibrate areas.