Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza

Music Venue and Event Space
Union Square, New York
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    The concerts at Irving Plaza is a can't miss
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    Karolina C.
    "I love the intimate setting of this venue."(14 Tips)
    howie a.
    "Still one of the best venues in NYC!"(4 Tips)
    Leelee W.
    "Best concerts of my life were here!"(21 Tips)
    Concert Ticket Agency
    "great balcony."(6 Tips)
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  • Christina C.heart icon on user image
    Christina ChinSeptember 29, 2017
    One of the few last small concert halls...dingy w/ faint smell of stale beer, has upstairs for vips, but i like small venues for more intimate performances
    Upvoted Feb 25
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 14, 2012
    Small to midsize venue. Legendary place to see a band. 3 levels. great balcony. Full bar in back with fast service. From The Ramones to U2 to Clapton & Dylan. all the heavy hitters have played here
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    Chris RaghoobarDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A nice, intimate club venue located right by Union Square. Plays host to some big names from time to time, and has managed to hold up after all its years in business. Sound, atmosphere, all great.
  • JD M.heart icon on user image
    JD MaloneOctober 6, 2014
    Buy tickets directly from box office to save on booking fees. Mixed drinks can get pricey so drink beforehand. Stage is visible from most parts of the arena but it does get warm near stage.
  • Tamer B.heart icon on user image
    Tamer BekirMarch 13, 2014
    It's small in there, so be prepared to either get the nut or the butt. They have a nice top seating that has tables and the view is great. Also a couple (2) lounges in the back for sitting.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great venue. Have been going here for ever and never had an issue getting close. Sound is also pretty great compared to other nyc venues.
  • The Wild Honey Pie
    The Wild Honey PieOctober 23, 2017
    Before becoming a ballroom-style theatre in 1927, the building acted as a hotel consisting of four combined brownstones.
  • Karolina C.heart icon on user image
    Karolina CunneelyNovember 9, 2015
    I love the intimate setting of this venue. I've been to many concerts here. There's never a bad viewing spot...unless you get a super tall person in front of you (haha)
  • Ken P.heart icon on user image
    Ken Pierre IIAugust 7, 2014
    Dope venue for concerts! The bars located everywhere are clutch and I def had the time of my life with my group of chums!
  • L. T.heart icon on user image
    L. T.June 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A fantastic venue. Drop-down screen in front of stage shows upcoming shows and events. The sound is hit or miss, there are no bathrooms upstairs (stage-level), but they have two bars.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 18, 2011
    One of our favorite venues for general admission concerts. But direct at their box office and avoid paying ticket broker fees!
  • Jason S.heart icon on user image
    Jason SchulweisDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Two floor set up, except that for bigger shows they reserve upstairs for VIP (worth the extra money). Bars on every floor and there are great bars/restos for before and after the show close by!
  • Kristine R.
    Kristine RoskoAugust 15, 2016
    Easily accessible from NY Penn Station by subway to Union Square. Cozier space w/ upstairs & downstairs. Cash bars on both levels. Bathrooms could use some work, though.
  • Chris T.heart icon on user image
    Chris ThurberNovember 2, 2014
    Amazing venue. Smoke in the air, beer on the floor, and talent on the stage from opener to headline. Awesome night.
  • Stephen P.heart icon on user image
    Stephen ParkerAugust 21, 2014
    Very helpful staff that helped us bring packages of 700+ LPs up two flights of stairs and an elevator. Great sounding room and friendly bar staff.
  • Ale T.heart icon on user image
    Ale TowerMarch 4, 2017
    Audio was a bit muffled when I watched Thundercat there. On the flipside, it's small enough that you'll be close to your heroes even if you stand halfway through the hall.
  • Jordan W.heart icon on user image
    Jordan WhittingtonMarch 25, 2022
    Great venue for a small but not too small show. I saw Waka Flacka Flame here in the past and it was amazing
  • Roc Nation
    Roc NationJune 6, 2011
    Go to Irving plaza if you want to be packed in for your favorite act. The acoustics are good and you can see the stage from pretty much anywhere you stand. But be wary, it gets incredibly hot! Read more
  • Mischaheart icon on user image
    MischaDecember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Like most venues in NYC, bar with a wide hall and space enough to fit 6 musicians. The bad thing about this place stage is upstairs restrooms are downstairs, forget going while the band's playing
  • Jessica A.heart icon on user image
    Jessica ANovember 7, 2014
    Concerts get crunched. VIP tickets are worth the extra $$ because they come with a free drink and view is muuuuuch better. More room to bust move. 💃
  • lindsay f.heart icon on user image
    lindsay freyJanuary 16, 2016
    coat check people were very snarky :( ...$4 **PER ITEM**. item = coat, sweater, scarf, ANYTHING. obviously. of course i would assume it's $4 extra to check your scarf with your coat.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CAugust 22, 2017
    Basic concert/event space with two floors of dance or table space... crowd vibe and staff attitudes depends on what event is happening!
  • Live Nation
    Live NationFebruary 17, 2010
    If you want to party before or after the show, head to 119, one of the best NYC Dive bars. Great tunes, good beer on tap, a pool table. A bar with a very NYC Dive disposition, but TONS of personality Read more
  • Devontaheart icon on user image
    DevontaDecember 10, 2014
    Saw Common tonight. Great intimate venue. The crowd was great. Common did his thing. #HipHop
  • JD M.heart icon on user image
    JD MaloneSeptember 9, 2017
    Concerts here are amazing and with some of the best thought out seating around.
  • Tom D.heart icon on user image
    Tom DiMaggioMarch 2, 2018
    Nice intimate size venue, drink specials are cheaper than most concert venues but still pricey.
  • Charetta R.heart icon on user image
    Charetta RockJanuary 26, 2015
    Proud to have played here! Gorgeous venue, spacious historical and great sound/lighting!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SKNovember 6, 2014
    Super small so you are always close to the artist but it can get packed and very crowded quickly.
  • Kat M.
    Kat MontgomeryDecember 11, 2013
    Arrive early to get a good spot. If you're hungry they've got a few options for food that's reasonably priced.
  • LeAnna C.heart icon on user image
    Drinks are $$ but the Angry Orchard is worth it. Opt for VIP/balcony space to avoid crowds!
  • Rohan M.heart icon on user image
    Rohan ModiApril 15, 2017
    Great staff, awesome events! Can't go wrong with seeing a show here! VIP for balcony access.
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyApril 8, 2013
    There are cell phone charging stations and seats downstairs so, if your 'rents are tagging along to a concert, you might want to let them set up shop down there. Read more
  • John P.
    John P.October 8, 2014
    Nice small venue but drink before you get here if you're looking to get a buzz. $10 well drinks is the epitome of overpriced Manhattan cocktails.
  • Jordan W.heart icon on user image
    Jordan WhittingtonJune 8, 2019
    This is a good concert venue, Very NY type atmosphere
  • Joe C.heart icon on user image
    Joe CDecember 5, 2014
    Royally messed up the Foo Fighters show. Said not to line up until 3, tickets on sale at 5. Gave out wristbands to people there early and were sold out by 2:30. You will never see me here. Place sux.
  • Ward S.
    Ward SullivanDecember 21, 2011
    Not as awesome as the Bowery Ballroom, but another one of NYC's intimate concert venues. The acoustics are top notch.
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LovejoyJune 12, 2012
    Staff here is super friendly, which is extra awesome if they can get you a nice spot on the rail to watch the show.
  • Camilleheart icon on user image
    CamilleNovember 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The side risers and upper level were VIP last time I was here. You had to pay to upgrade to stand with an obstructed view. What the heck??
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawMarch 26, 2015
    One of the few great small music venues left in Manhattan!
  • Nate K.heart icon on user image
    Nate KowalJanuary 30, 2015
    Small intimate space. Great sound, good show selection.
  • Baramee C.
    Baramee ChindavongAugust 6, 2014
    Great intimate venue for live music.
  • Live Nation
    Live NationFebruary 17, 2010
    Head to Galaxy Global Eatery on Irving place between 15th and 16th to grab a bite before (or after) the show. The food is diverse and delicious, the cocktails are great and it's affordable! Read more
  • StonehengeNYC
    StonehengeNYCDecember 15, 2011
    Some of the best shows in NYC, in a great venue. Check out our nearby luxury building at 8 Gramercy Park. Read more
  • James C.heart icon on user image
    James CFebruary 5, 2016
    Great music venue with great place to eat and drink close by.
  • VH1
    VH1July 21, 2010
    Head to Galaxy Global Eatery on Irving place between 15th and 16th to grab a bite before (or after) the show. The food is diverse and delicious and it's affordable! – Team Live Nation
  • Cameron G.heart icon on user image
    Cameron GidariMarch 24, 2016
    One of the best venues in NYC. Intimate but not cramped.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanFebruary 21, 2015
    Coat check line goes out the door at the end of the night, get your coat early.
  • Jason G.heart icon on user image
    Jason GrossJuly 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    As you climb up the stairs to the show, look on the wall for some great historic concert posters.
  • Ka K.
    Ka KuehnDecember 7, 2014
    Worth it to prepay for coat check. They fill up fast :(
  • Elise A.
    Elise AbdallaJuly 1, 2010
    I've filmed 3 concerts here: Jonas Brothers, Honor Society, and Timbaland - very intimate and small venue to get an up close look at your favorite music artists!
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