New York - Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place

Irving Plaza History:

Constructed over 150 years ago, the building at 17 Irving Place has existed in many different incarnations. Originally, the building was four separate brownstones, which were eventually combined into a hotel in the 1870s. In 1927, the building was gutted and turned into a ballroom-style theater and christened Irving Plaza. Over the next few decades Irving Plaza would serve as a union meeting house, a performance space for folk dance troupes, and a Polish Army Veteran community center, as well as a venue for the Peoples Songs Hootenannies with Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. 

In 1978, Irving Plaza was converted into a rock music venue and has since hosted acts such as Talking Heads, the Ramones, U2, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, establishing its history as the premier music venue in New York City. Today, Irving Plaza continues to be a major stepping stone on the career paths of hundreds of artists every year.


andrea castro

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
Pretty small venue for 1,000 people, which I enjoy. Coat check line can get really long so if you need to leave quick get in line a few songs before the show ends. Good sound. Space between the barricade and the stage is small, which I like. Allows artists to go into the crowd easily and interact. Balcony area gives a good view if you’re not about being in the pit.

Baileys Corner

Friday, April 13, 2018
Still the best live music venue in NYC. Good sight lines, small and intimate and great sound. Been to several dozen shows here over the years. Favorite spot to hang is upstairs in the back, even though they now charge you "VIP" access for that. Pics below are from the Celebrating David Bowie show in Feb 2018.

Jon Martinez

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Drinks are a little over priced and audio quality in the back of the venue isn't great but if you're looking to catch a cheap show, well run show look no further. The bouncers and security do a good job keeping guests safe with routine Pat downs and checks for passes at certain locations. Get a coat check pass in advance if you can and get ready to meet the band after the show. Also be sure to try to get to barricade for the best show, center of GA floor can get mosh heavy for certain shows.

Stacey Shpaner

Friday, April 13, 2018
Beautiful venue. EXCELLENT quality sound system/stereo. Your ears won’t hurt. Friendly staff. A bit pricey but 100% worth it.

Stacy Hallums

Monday, March 19, 2018
A decent place to throw a party. The Ladies Room however needed to be paid attention to more as it was pretty dirty. The staff was friendly the food selection wasn't much just your Basics like hot dogs they have beer and about 3 bars. The drinks were a bit expensive for what was offered and didn't taste that great as a matter of fact they tasted a bit watered down. I gave it 4 stars because it served its purpose for a show. I will definitely return but I will make sure to drink my alcohol before I get there.