Formerly a bodega, Arlene’s Grocery opened its doors in 1995 as one of the first live music clubs in the Lower East Side. Up-and-coming bands flocked to the then seedy neighborhood for the sonic beauty and intimacy of the powerful sounding 100 capacity room.
After expanding into the next-door butcher shop in the late 90’s, Arlene’s offers two fully stocked bars and a gallery space for artists in addition to its large helping of live music.
As a handful of live music clubs pop up (and down) in the neighborhood, Arlene’s still holds true to its intention of nurturing emerging talent, providing a great experience for fans, and remaining an institution in the New York City music scene.
LEFTFIELD is a new bar at 87 Ludlow St. in the Lower East Side of Manhattan maintaining the area's history of live music, exciting culture and cheap drinks.
A versatile space, LEFTFIELD has 2 floors with full bars on each level. Downstairs, the basement is host to parties thrown by creative nightlife personalities and up and coming bands playing everything from Punk to Electro to Doo-wop. Upstairs, on the ground floor, the walls are lined with artwork from local LES artists, a stage for live performances, lounge area and a full bar that sticks to the time tested LES dive aesthetic.
We don't do bottle service. We don't do over-priced cocktails. We love the LES and stick to what made it great to begin with because we know that's how you want it.