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Arlene's Grocery

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95 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002 40.721321 -73.988212
nr. Ludlow St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-358-1633 Send to Phone

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    10 out of 10


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  • Scene: Fireplace, Karaoke Nights, Live Music, Neighborhood Bar, Private Party Space
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Mon, Tue, Wed, 6pm-4am; Thu-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 2pm-2am

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU

Cover Charge

Mon, free; Tue-Thu and Sun, $8; Fri-Sat, $10; charges may change for special shows

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa


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.

Private Room
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.