169 E Broadway, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.714017 -73.989773
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
best bar in nyc – dont listen to these bands...this bar is a jewal in nyc...these musicians are stupid losers
Absolute A-Holes, Horrible to Bands-DONT GO HERE – Upon entering this club, there is a nice feel, but BANDS BEWARE! On a rainy night, if you don't bring the minimum, doesn't matter what you say....they will send you home, no play, not even pay to play. You get a firm..."sorry that's our policy-not my fault" from the sound guy. These people are not about the music, they're not even interested in the people you did bring and the drinks you bought yourself. Even if there are NO other bands on that night, you will not even get to set up if you don't bring the minimum. It says on their website that your show may be delayed or canceled....but REALLY? No one else in NY does this...It's one thing to not bring enough people and then never to be asked to play there again....BUT to not even be allowed to set up and play? There were plenty of people in the audience that might enjoy live music, but because of their "POLICY" which serves no real purpose in my opinion, we hauled our stuff there and hauled it right back home again even though their bar was 1)promoted on our sites and 2)never verified in email communications when we booked the gig about the policy. Now mind you, we are actually a very good band...schooled, tight, fun and appropriate, but I hesitate to ask if they even listened to the music at all. This BAR REPRESENTS EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH MUSIC TODAY. BE WARNED....STAY FAR FAR AWAY.
"It says on their website that your show may be delayed or canceled, but REALLY?.." yes really, you agreed to those terms before you booked the gig. Man up & back up ur BS!! yes they have customers, but they didn't come to hear you! "..they MIGHT have enjoyed the music.." & maybe they would have walked out! the bar PAYS jazz band 5 nights of the week. Anyone who wants to know the 169 policies need only go to thier website. The 169 begs people not to exagerate thier following.
not a band friendly bar – This is another one of those clubs that can't draw a crowd. So there solution is to solicit bands to play in the bar as long as they bring at least 10 of their friends that pay the cover.
Theres never a cover at the 169 Bar, Bands can charge thier freinds only like a cajoled tip jar and keep all the money. Asking a performer to bring 10 people is as minmal as you can get and at one band a nite would hardly be enough to be the difference between survival of the 169. We also book jazz trios that we pay to play and whom we still dont charge at the door for. So this "review" is just ignorant..
A band-friendly Chinatown lounge with cheap drinks. – Though Chinatown is largely bereft of bars, this dingy dive serves as a scuzzy sanctuary for downtowners hunkering in the area tenements. 169 is more festive than the average bottom-feeding bar, with lush foliage, deep red-and-black booths and swimming fish keeping watchful eyes on the leopard-print pool table. Come early weekdays, and 169 is pin-drop quiet; however, the scene grows feverish late-night, when bands plug into amps and DJs crank speakers ‘til last call.
Why is lame CS posting as "featured" review from 2009? Hunkering in the tenements? "the unwashed masses" he sniffed! The 169 stopped having bands a year & a half ago & other than the owners soul jazz mix there are no DJ's. I would try Yelp if you want up to date reviews, because CS has a dumb name, logo and no one bothers. If it wasn't for Google proping them up they'd go down the tubes.
There are well over 169 resons to avoid this place... – I could gladly list over 169 reasons not to go into the 169 bar...but I don't have to. I will simply mention the only 1 thing that matters...it's bogus.
Skinhead criminals run the joint and the cops let them get away with it.
And the women who work there gag on you know what 24/7...but not yours.
Give this place not one single dime.
Bizarre review. I'm the bald owner, once a 70's punk rocker but never never a skin head? I dont believe in race. I have Jewish, black, gay and Mexican employees? The women who work here gag on the money they make & they wont leave. Cops dont let anything slide. Bogus? bogus is 99.9 % of all the bars in NYC playing the same s**t music. 169 is an oasis!! Those who want to know, love. Those who r blind & ignorant, hate and can stay away.
Biggest scammer of musicians & fans in NYC – I'm completely blown away by how many positive reviews there are for this bar. Most of them must be from the owners and their friends. Do yourself a favor and search "169 bar scam" on your favorite search engine. You will read the real horror stories about this place.
Here's their scam in a nutshell: they overbook bands (we're talking about a dozen bands in one evening). Then your band will never get to play that evening unless you bring enough people. So if 9 of your friends showed up to see you play at 8pm, chances are they won't let you go on until midnight at the earliest, if at all. Even your most loyal friends will leave frustrated after shelling out $10 at the door and sitting in a dirty bar for 3 hours. The place has multiple booking agents too.
Avoid this place like the plague!
Anyone with eyes and a brain in their skull can check the calendar and see that at most we only have 3 performers a night, more likely 1 or 2. There is never a general door charge, (bands can charge their friends only) the bar has never taken money from the door. The owner books 90% of the nights and it has been like that since July last year.
Awesome Live Music Bar – Went to 169 with some friends on Saturday, had a great time. The drinks were fairly priced, and the musicians performing were really good! My friends and I had a great time and look forward to coming back. I liked that I can see their schedule of musicians on their website. The atmoshpere is really nice here too. Very comfertable and relaxed. Good crowd as well. Great times at 169!
Real good vibe, great DJ, and live music, creative drinks, friendly staff – This place has come a long way , for the better, from the kind of lower east sid bar it used to be years ago.
The decor is warm and inviting with a New Orleans charm, the music is always perfect for the occasion, with a DJ that is awesome. There is a great sounding piano that accompanies the live performers.
And most importantly, you can have conversations with people and hear them, good music levels !
It's a good place for after work and way after work, at any hour it's a real good time.
Great Place to Perform – I've performed here twice, once with my hip hop group (Eff Radio), and then a few days ago with my rock band (The Sharpe James) and had a blast both times. The staff was real professional and cool, the promoters were both great, and the crowd was real receptive. I definitely recommend taking the stage here if you love playing live music. Oh, and the Absinthe ain't bad either.
grate music – the live venue was grate (i was there for my friends show), the get acts that you can't find everywhere.
It's so hard to find a place that plays good old funk these days.
Average white band, James brown , Johnny guitar ...
bartender was HOT!
can't ask 4 more than that.
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