Although you can discover new music or listen to your favorites on your phone, there’s no substitute for watching solo acts and bands rock out live. Whether you’re a fan of pop, rock, R&B or rap — or all of the above — there’s plenty of opportunities to hear live music nightly at one of Brooklyn’s best live music venues.
Littlefield’s performance and art space adapts well to everything from comedy shows and live bands to private weddings. It’s location in a former industrial area of Gowanus means that it’s less likely to run afoul of its neighbors, though they make the extra effort by insulating their walls with recycled rubber tires and cork. The comedy showcase “Night Train with Wyatt Cenac,” hosted by the former Daily Show comic is a weekly highlight, and the venue recently hosted a sold-out tribute to music icon and longtime New York City resident David Bowie.
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BAMcafé (Fort Greene)
Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene is the epicenter of Brooklyn’s arts and culture scene. While big name artists book the main auditorium, upstairs in the intimate bar and lounge space, BAMcafé Live features free music from a diverse mix of local musicians on select Friday and Saturday nights.
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Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
We can’t think of another Brooklyn hot spot that offers as many date night options as the 16-lane Brooklyn Bowl. You can actually bowl, of course, but you can also dine on gourmet grub from Blue Ribbon and jam to an eclectic selection of acts that includes bluegrass, hip-hop and rock. Plus, every Thursday, DJ Questlove of The Roots and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon fame hosts “Bowl Train,” hip-hop, house and rare grooves set to a backdrop of vintage Soul Train videos.
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Union Hall (Park Slope)
Upstairs, Union Hall is most known for its cozy fireplace and lounge chairs in the front, and indoor bocce courts in the back. It gets pretty packed, thanks in part to a good beer selection and bar menu. Downstairs has its own scene, with a 5,000-square-foot space that hosts local musicians, comedy shows and jazzy happy hours.
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The Way Station (Prospect Heights)
A low-key watering hole on Prospect Height’s bustling Washington Avenue commercial strip, The Way Station is a cool spot where every day is happy hour until 8 p.m., with $4 draft beers and well drinks. There’s usually only a $5 suggested cover for pop, R&B and Americana music performances.