13 iconic Brooklyn music venues, now and now

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In Manhattan, they replaced CBGB with a luxury menswear shop, and The Palladium was turned into an NYU dorm. In Brooklyn, they turned an anonymous warehouse into Shea Stadium and turned Silent Barn into a better Silent Barn. Nostalgia humpers can have the past, we’re too busy enjoying the awesome venues (and disgusting bathrooms) of 2013.

Public Assembly (70 North 6th Street)

The two room Williamsburg venue plays host to banging dance parties and hip hop events and is an integral part of every year’s Northside festival.

In twenty years it will be: An Urban Outfitters, Jr.

Littlefield (622 Degraw Street)

Photo via Littlefield Flickr
Photo via Littlefield Flickr

A place to have a reliably good time, home to events as diverse as the MCA Day celebration, the Punderdome and touring musicians of all stripes.

In twenty years it will be: A Chipotle 2030

The Bell House (149 7th Street)

via Brooklyn Vegan
via Brooklyn Vegan

Has played home to bands like Wild Flag, The Thermals and The Scofflaws, and seems to be the place to be to have big parties with big names, like the upcoming Bust Magazine 20th Anniversary Spectacular

In twenty years it will be: A Pinkberry

Shea Stadium (20 Meadow Street)

Photo by Phil Kline, via NYCGO
Photo by Phil Kline, via NYCGO

One of the most well-known Brooklyn DIY spots in the borough, it’s the kind of place where you might go one night and find Patrick Stickles working the door, because he feels like it.

In twenty years it will be: The headquarters of the Brooklyn Republican party

Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway)


Will literally book anyone, but that’s why it’s great

In twenty years it will be: A Red Mango

Glasslands (289 Kent Avenue)

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via Boom for Real

Big enough to get their listings in the New Yorker, not too big to book your local bands you’ve never heard of. We miss the clouds though.

In twenty years it will be: Condos that you can’t even look at if you don’t make six figures per year

285 Kent (285 Kent Avenue)

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Being Glasslands’ less arty neighbor hasn’t stopped the Todd P-backed venue from booking acts like Fucked Up and Iceage

In twenty years it will be: A Pinkberry

The Warsaw (261 Driggs Avenue)

via the Village Voice
via the Village Voice

Both a Polish social club and venue full of pierogis

In twenty years it will be: A Red Mango, but the signs will be in Polish

Europa (98 Meserole Avenue)

One of Brooklyn’s more schizophrenic venues, home to both bass-heavy dance parties and sweaty smelly punk shows

In twenty years it will be: A high-end bike store

Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue)

Hey, you know what’s great? Bowling and looking over and seeing Deervana, instead of watching the people you went bowling with roll

In twenty years it will be: Playground for Michael Bloomberg’s bastard grandchild and his friends

The Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Avenue)

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Communal living space/art gallery/music venue all in one, just in case you need to have the ultimate hipster street cred

In twenty years it will be: A Pinkberry

Union Pool (484 Union Avenue)

Photo via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*
Photo via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*

Home of the Reverend Vince Anderson and a banging taco truck. All you need to know

In twenty years it will be: A Pinkberry

Death By Audio (49 South 2nd Street)

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Started as a place to make guitar effects pedals, now a place to listen to loud guitar music.

In twenty years it will be: The Andrew WK Center for Ear Drums Damaged by Partying

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