158 Bleecker St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.728502 -74.000042
Neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Downtown
Music venue Poisson Rouge has revitalized shows that feel somewhere between small and large. With interesting video projections and a young, wild crowd, Saturday nights here can be like a college house party. Acts are often interesting and straddle experimental and established lines.
Great House Music Party – went to LPR last saturday to Moscow NYC Party. lets see hot russian girls!!! House copliments of DJ Vinyla and DJ Pushkin place was pumping til 4am. Will be back!
Ultimate NYE 2011 Party Destination – There's no better way to ring in 2011 then under the lights and sounds of LPR. The State of the art sound and lighting system, not to mention the kick-ass DJ, will keep you going all night long. Need to hear more? OK - Delectable hors d'oeuvres, 6 hours of Premium Open Bar, NYE Party Favors, and of course the traditional NYE Live countdown with a Champagne toast at midnight! Pre-Sold Tickets guarantee you entry and no problems at the door. Buy your ticket now @ www.JSNTickets. com
Unprofessional and Falsely Advertised – Any artist coming to New York and expecting their ticket sales to be handled professionally and sold at the box office when they are supposed to be, should consider a different venue.
According to the venue website, "The (Le) Poisson Rouge box office is open daily from 5PM until close."
This is a LIE. After getting there promptly at 5pm, I found the doors locked, with no signs posted anywhere indicating anything out of the ordinary. Even though I was in a bit of rush, I understand not every human interaction takes places with swiss timing, so I waited. 5:30 came and went. 5:45. Eventually we were let inside out of the freezing cold by a contractor. Someone who works for the venue, I think his name was Ruben -- was on his way. Finally, an hour after the box office was supposed to open, someone came. But not to open the box office.
"We aren't opening it because this is the Holiday season". (It was 12/21).
"But the website says 'open daily, 5pm until close'". I protested.
"Do you only open when events happen?" Another prospective patron asked.
"Yes, but there aren't any until the after the holidays."
"What about tomorrow night, it's on the board?" I asked.
"We aren't working door for that one."
Now mind you, there were NO signs posted about hours. NO notice on website. NO indication of this at the phone number. All this is enough to make matter-of-fact tone stating that true box-office policy in no way resembles the advertised policy infuriating. I'm less concerned about the fact that I will now have to pay an extra $17 in fees to get this Christmas present delivered, than I am by the notion that rest of the ticket price will ultimately reward their having wasted a couple hours of my time, including travel. Truly unprofessional, and utterly disappointing.
And if you choose to perform at this venue, you now have a small taste of how to expect the ticket sales, and lord knows what else, to be handled by the "management" here. If your show fails to sell out, don't say you weren't warned.
Amateur city – A truly miserable experience, right from walking in the door. Hold on to the railing or you'll fall down the completely darkened stairs. Once we sat at one of the limited number of (wobbly) tables and were ready to order from the uninspiring menu (tater tots?), the waitress insisted on taking a credit card. Okay, I thought, they're running a tab. Imagine my surprise when the bill came, already charged to the card, with a mandatory 20% gratuity. What ... they don't take cash??? We also had no idea who was on stage, since they didn't even bother to make an announcement. There are plenty of great clubs in NYC ... the Highline, Crash Mansion, Blender, Bell House ... don't waste your time at this one.
Fun vibe, not French – LPR is a versatile bar/lounge/club/concert hall. In the dark entryway and behind the bouncer’s glare sits a giant fish tank loaded with your favorite waterborne companions, perhaps a nod to the name of the bar. Upstairs, they host an diverse mélange of performing arts groups, from John Zorn to Juillard’s contemporary music group to a benefit for earthquake victims. And downstairs, a big fish pops up again, along with some grass animals on the wall. There lies a bar, a few couches for lounge space, and in the back, a dance floor. It also apparently hosts artist theme nights (though on a recent supposed Michael Jackson-themed evening, I heard two Lady Gaga songs in a row. Not that I’m complaining, but strange bar-bedfellows).
Village Concert Spot and Art Bar - Nice Vibe – (Le) Poisson Rouge, French for “the red fish," is a "multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians" with a more organic feel than the college-y bars on nearby MacDougal. The space is a long gallery bar prelude to modern concert venue with swanky seating.
You walk in to a large suspended fish tank and dark stairway leading down to the gallery bar, a long oblong room with a lengthy bar and matte wood floors. Its art at the moment seems like a few exhibits of grass -- shaped in zebra and elk formations. OK.
The expansive main room features a large stage, plush seats, votive candles and a long fancier red-lit bar. Red is the motif at this red fishy place – even the bathroom area is a swank red-lit area with a huge “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”-type chair, sort of.
Specs of art line the walls and the entrance lights give the sense of moving water from the fish tank above. The bar is a good small-party gathering spot with plenty of bar tables and banquets lining the walls.
Food and Drink: A varied menu ranges from $5 bites like grilled cheese or hot pretzels with “gourmet” dipping sauce, to entrees like satay and truffle mac and cheese to $16 pizza or fruit-and-cheese plate, and desserts like $5 warm cookies and milk.
I tried one of many $12 specialty cocktails, the Bon Bon martini: a Stoli vanilla, Cointreau, Kahlua, and cherry concoction that smells (butterscotchy) better than it tastes. Other cute drinks include the Dark and Stormier and the Pumpkin King made with pumpkin butter and Jack Daniels. Groups will appreciate carafes made for 7 people, at $65 filled with mojitos or sangria.
The menu notes 8.875% tax and 20% gratuity added to all checks (in addition to show cover) – really? Founded by artists? I’m not so sure.
Great sound, great space, great music – I have been here 5 times over the last few months and seen some of the best shows I've seen in awhile. (Particularly Sebastien Tellier) The sound is great, the staff is friendly, and they have really great taste in music.
I was also here for a friend's birthday in the cool bar next door and they treated us great (she got a free bottle for her friends to enjoy.)
I highly recommend this spot. Nice yo have great live music back in the Village
awesome sound, good drinks, amazing bands – i went to le poisson rouge for the first time ever to see school of seven bells and fujiya and miyagi awhile back, and have to say, it was one of the best shows i've seen in a long time. i showed up early to buy a ticket because i knew it would sell out and while we waited for the doors to open we sat in the bar and had some of the best cocktails i've had in a music venue. despite looking like a williamsburg hipster who could care less, the bartender was friendly and attentive. the show itself was great, and even though it was packed, the security staff were polite and organized. we had to wait a while to get drinks at the bar because the show was sold out, but the waitstaff wasn't frazzled at all and served us with a smile. the sound was amazing, school of seven bells sounded perfect and almost outdid fujiya and miyagi. finally, there's a new club that puts on great shows with awesome indie bands that doesn't serve flat beer or crappy shot-and-a-PBR combos.
AVOID THIS PLACE IT *UCKS & *LOWS – This place *LOWS they are so unorganized you would believe they never ran a club before. the guest list is a joke!!! on a napkin and scratching off names with a crayon!!! what idiot hired these dummies!!! and that idiot oriental chick i think she's a promoter or manager think her name JANICE or JUSTINE holy #rap what an idiot instead of running or promoting anything she should be riding in the back seat of a little yellow bus with a helment. dont waste your time with this place spend your money somewhere else!!!!! you will definitely enjoy yourself some where else. and this is for the club owner get a new staff and definitely fire that oriental chick she is a real *umbass and a *itch.
something NEW and REFRESHING in NYC! – this place is awesome!!! i have been going to bars and clubs for years now and i am constantly bored and unimpressed. NOT with this place! there is nothing else like it that i know of... anywhere. it is sophisticated, alluring, inspired.... and not to mention.... they have amazing art (chuck close!). the staff is wonderful & friendly and the concert calendar continues to impress me! i don't know personally, but i've heard the food is delicious, too. if you are living here or just visiting and looking for something totally OUT OF THE ORDINARY... this is the place to be! i will definitely be back!
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