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Brooklyn's 5 Best Live Music Venues

Music fans can enjoy live acts every night of the week in Brooklyn if they so choose. Here are five must visit venues to discover the next big act. Just think, you'll always be able to say, 'I saw them first in Brooklyn.' By Annie Reuter.

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Union Hall
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Located in the heart of Park Slope, after playing bocce ball on one of the two indoor bocce courts, head downstairs to the live music venue. Showcasing acts of every genre on a nightly basis, you're never quite sure what to expect but it's nearly impossible to walk away without becoming a new fan of at least one band.

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Housed in an old warehouse in Gowanus, Littlefield is an art and performance space that hosts local and international bands year round along with monthly art exhibits, literary events and film screenings. With a diverse lineup, music genres showcased include everything from indie rock, electronic and hip-hop to dance, soul, jazz, experimental and reggae.

The Rock Shop
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Bordering Gowanus and Park Slope, The Rock Shop offers a solid night of music throughout the week. From up-and-coming musicians to more established groups, many acts who tour through Manhattan stop here on the way to their next city. With a full bar and restaurant upstairs, music lovers can feed their ears and stomachs at this Brooklyn rock club.

Spike Hill
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Spike Hill's 150 capacity performance space is nestled in the center of Williamsburg. With a versatile lineup on a nightly basis, music lovers can enjoy lunch or dinner at the pub and then head over to see a show. From Honky Tonk brunches to Brooklyn based acts, there is something for every music lover.

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This Williamsburg café and concert space has live music every night with no cover. A relaxed environment, patrons can dine in or order a drink from the bar and hear local talent. Whether it's a night of jazz, avant-garde or a DJ to close the evening, Zebulon is an inviting presence within the Brooklyn music scene.

Annie Reuter is a freelance writer and the founder of


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