Free Live Music in New York City

The following is a post to from Patrick Mackaronis. Patrick is the Director of Business Development for New York City-based social network Brabble. In this post, Patrick speaks about free music in New York. Patrick can be best reached on Twitter at @patty__mack.

Some of these locations require a drink minimum, but some of these places do not enforce the drink minimums. These locations include the Back Fence, which offers free music every night except Saturdays and the Living Room which offers lots of indie rock and acoustic music as well as an upstairs room that plays free music every night. Another location, Dempsey’s Pub, offers traditional Irish music.

The Back Fence in New York City

 The Back Fence has been a popular spot for music in New York City for over 60 years. They offer free music nearly every day of the week, and usually offer two or three different entertainers every night. On Saturdays they do charge admission, but every other day of the week they offer free admission. They also offer free peanuts at the bar. They’re most known for playing country, classic rock and folk rock.

  • The Back Fence, 155 Bleecker Street, (212) 475-9221,

The Living Room in New York City

The Living Room is one of the most popular places in New York City to listen to music cheap. They offer a large variety of artists and offer a lot of indie rock and acoustic musicians. They’re well known for musicians like Norah Jones that played there before becoming popular. Many of their popular musicians that used to play there, such as Norah Jones, will return for a performance here and there. Although they do not have a cover charge, they do have a one drink minimum. However, this minimum is rarely actually enforced. They also offer a completely free second room that is upstairs that plays free music every night.

  • The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street, (212) 533-7235,

Dempsey’s Pub in New York City

Dempsey’s Pub plays traditional Irish music and they are known for having jam sessions at pm every Tuesday. Admission is free and they do not require you to purchase any drinks either. Dempsey’s pub is also known for their pool tables, and their food is quite popular as well.