Rock music is no longer the most popular pop genre in the United States. However, this doesn’t mean that rock is dead. Guitar music based on the blues, emo, metal, 90’s indie, folk, and jam bands all remain popular to this day and with innovative acts in every sub-genre.
New York City is the most populous and diverse metropolis in the United States. As such, it has a passionate music and arts community. Rock music remains an important vein within this community. Consequently, New York has some of the best rock bars, clubs, and venues anywhere in the country.
We’re going to take a look at just a few of the best rock bars NYC has to offer, which will give music lovers of many different persuasions something to look forward to on their next trip to the Big Apple.
Electric Room is one of the last clubs in NYC to play rock music. They don’t play it exclusively, but it still gets a strong reputation in the songs selected for the room, as well as the bands that periodically play there. Like many clubs, Electric Room has a doorman, but he’ll almost certainly let you in if you look halfway cool (band t-shirt and jeans, suit and tie, just look put together.) The intimate environment can hold only about 100 people, but it has a full bar with incredible cocktails, impressive chandeliers, and opulent leather couches.
Mona’s is a dive bar of the first order, with live music several times per week. If you love the setting of a no-frills dive bar (though one that definitely knows its stuff), then you’ll be right at home at Mona’s. If you’re looking for rock music in particular, make sure to check the evening’s live entertainment, as you might find jazz or bluegrass as often as you’d hear indie rock. All the same, the rock spirit is very much alive at Mona’s, so if you’re a fan of the genre you might just like this bar on any night of the week.
Jerome’s hosts an emo music night once a month. It’s free to the public, and you can make requests to the DJ all night long. While not the place to go for AC/DC or Guns N’ Roses, you’ll definitely be able to hear some American Football, Mineral, Cap’n Jazz, and any of the other Midwest Emo scenesters that are enjoying a nostalgic wave of popularity right now.
For live metal, punk, and stoner rock in a gritty bar setting, you could do a lot worse than St. Vitus. With a stacked calendar of touring bands on the crustier end of the rock spectrum, this may be the best way to experience the bleeding edge of present day guitar music, at least that we’ve listed so far.
Duff’s is another essential rock venue catering to mid-level touring bands in the rock, indie, metal, and punk genres. It’s also an excellent bar in its own right. If you’re there during the afternoon, before the live music starts, you can still get your fix by tossing some quarters into the Duff’s jukebox, for a wide and eccentric selection of rock music.
If you’re in New York City and really want to hear some rock music, the best way to do it is to go to a rock venue. However, if you’re more excited about an intimate bar setting, the above will give you the atmosphere and acoustics you desire. We hope you enjoy these best rock bars NYC has available today.