B.B.King Blues Club & Grill
Arlene Grocery
Mercury Lounge
Roseland Ballroom

Roseland Ballroom:

For over 75 years Roseland has brought people together to sing, dance and celebrate. From film premieres to boxing matches, award shows to black-tie galas, the place to meet is 52nd street!


Guide Review

Roseland Ballroom offers an intimate venue to see top acts -- from Bob Dylan and Steely Dan to White Stripes and the Rolling Stones.

  • Good social spot
  • Friendly staff
  • Quality live music
  • Small bar space
  • Crowded
  • Mercury Lounge is located at 217 E. Houston Street
  • Closest subway to Mercury Lounge: F/V to 2nd Ave
  • Mercury Lounge Cross Streets: Ludlow and Essex (Avenue A)
  • Mercury Lounge Phone: (212) 260-4700
  • Mercury Lounge Cover Charge: typically $8-12

The Mercury Lounge is one of the better places to catch a live show in the East Village (and there are many). Upon walking in, you'll find a long oak candle lit bar and strangers coming together in a small, but cozy space. Past the long velvet curtains, the brick-walled "music room" can intimately fit approximately 250 music lovers. The sound quality is out of this world, and the club's size permits decent views of the stage, even for anyone who cannot find a seat (which are usually arranged in the front, near the stage). Mercury Lounge books both local and touring bands, from alt. rockers to indie/folk. Because of the clubs good reputation, you might also expect to see bands typically found in larger clubs, who appreciate this quiet venue.