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The Lounge at Dixon Place

161A Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002 40.720518 -73.992647
nr. Delancey St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-219-0736 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Cabaret, DJ, Gay Bar, Lesbian Bar, Live Music, Lounge, Neighborhood Bar, Open Mic, Pet-Friendly

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Mon-Thu, 6pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 6pm-1am; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

J, Z at Bowery; B, D at Grand St.

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What began in 1986 as a performance-art salon in Ellie Covan’s living room has evolved—four locations later—into this city-funded bi-level theater and bar. In the basement, which Dixon Place excavated to create higher ceilings, there is a 150-person theater, showcasing everything from literary readings and plays to dance and circus acts. Upstairs, a smaller performance space and bar is open to the public and free of charge. This venue hosts readings, film screenings, D.J.'s, craft nights, queer parties, and just about anything else a performer might want to try out in front of an open-minded audience (the Blue Man Group got its start at Dixon Place). Wine is either red or white and the cocktails may be the bartender’s own concoctions. The lounge tends to cater to theatergoers arriving before or staying after one of its performances but encourages anyone to come by for a drink. Some patrons come in after a dinner at neighboring Sammy’s Roumanian or while waiting for a show to begin at the Bowery Ballroom. Today, Dixon Place owns the entire condominium it’s housed in, but with wood-paneled walls that were stained by the hands of its board members, it still feels as cozy as a friend’s living room.