When you see a group, you want to see them in the right place. That's the right size. That has the right sound. The Mercury Lounge is that place. It's probably as long as CBGB's was, but twice as wide. Maybe three times as wide as CB's was pretty narrow. Even better, there's a bar up front with a curtain/door to the stage area so there is some separation. I like that as sometimes you want a little space to back away. And this way folks who want to talk with their friends can do so at the bar, not in the band area. I wish that was the case the night I went as a bunch of bar hoppers was yapping away while a solo singer with a guitar was playing. He mentioned that he could play softer if he was getting in the way of their conversation so they got the message a little. Makes you long for the days of the old hardcore shows when folks like that would have been handled more appropriately!?!?
Good size. Good location. Good bands. Reasonable drink prices. The East Village used to have lots of places like this, the Mercury Lounge is maybe the last holdout. God Bless 'Em!! If there's somebody you like - go see 'em. If you're looking to try something new, give it a go.
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