5 Venues to Watch Local Bands in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York is one of the best places in NYC to discover new local bands. Many venues in Brooklyn offer free shows, making it the perfect free activity to do on a low budget.

Check out these five cool Brooklyn venues for great music and a fun time:

1. Pete's Candy Store. You're in for a "rare treat" from Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg. Enjoy a draft beer or delicious fruity cocktail while enjoying a performance at the venue. Genres include rock, folk, blues, soul, and more. Shows are free, and $5 donations are appreciated. Directions.

2. The Gutter. Play a round of vintage 1970s bowling with your buds (cash only) before catching a 9 p.m. show in the Spare Room at The Gutter in Williamsburg. Shows feature bands that play indie, grunge, punk rock and more. Directions.

3. Saint Vitus. Metal music fans will love watching shows at Saint Vitus. In addition to metal, Saint Vitus features rock bands, psychedelic pop, and more. The bar features tap beers such as Saint Vitus lager, Blue Moon, and Brooklyn lager. All orders are served with Brooklyn Brine Whiskey Sour Pickles. Get tickets for shows over on Ticketfly. Directions.

4. Our Wicked Lady. A rooftop bar in East Williamsburg, Our Wicked Lady has great music and mouth-watering empanadas made by Conscious Colombian Food. Gothamist ranked the venue one of the ten best rooftop bars in New York City. Some shows at Our Wicked Lady are free. Directions.

5. Bossa Nova Civic Club. You can catch Brooklyn DJ Shy Eyez spinning tracks every second and fourth Monday of the month at this dimly-lit, 1,900-square-foot tropical techno cocktail bar. Open until 4 a.m., Bossa Nova Civic Club is the perfect place to dance the night away with your friends as you sip on a reasonably priced cocktail. Directions.

Dana Gibbs is a multimedia journalist and blogger in New York. She loves all things pop culture and entertainment.

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