F, V at Lower East Side-Second Ave.; J, M, Z at Essex St.
Mon, free; Tue-Thu and Sun, $8; Fri-Sat, $10; charges may change for special shows
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| Ongoing |
|Rock & Roll Karaoke|
Despite its name, Arlene’s Grocery has nothing to do with food—at least not anymore. In 1995, the former bodega and neighboring butcher was transformed into this bar and music venue that helped forge the thriving music scene on the Lower East Side. Known for booking bands like The Strokes before anyone had heard of them, Arlene’s continues to take risks on everything from singer/songwriters and country music to edgy hard rock groups. Loyal hipsters provide a solid fan base assuring that the joint is rarely empty. With all shows costing an equal opportunity $10 or less, why would it be? And if the band falls short of expectations, there’s always the cozy, neighborhood, free front bar—the Butcher Bar, which is also a marvelous, atmospheric place for an afternoon cocktail.
Rock 'n Roll Karaoke
This is truly a moment to shine onstage for those who aspired to lead an ‘80s hair band. Arrive early (RRK starts at 10pm on Mondays, no cover and at midnight on Fridays, $10 cover) to get on the list, then choose a song by The Ramones, AC/DC (and everything in between) played by the live, rockin' house band.
The live-music room comes with drums, guitar amps, a video projector, and a screen. The in-house karaoke band is also available for hire.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.