Rockwood Music Hall. 196 Allen Street (off Houston).
This is a very intimate music venue split up into a few small rooms. I bet it would be a really cool place to see a show. But I wouldn’t know because I was in and out. Then the bathroom. Probably top 5 smallest Ive ever been in, earning it mad props. I can handle it, but I love when tall people suffer. And they would definitely have a strugglefest in there. If I was more dexterous I bet I could get all 4 walls in one picture. I give it 2 flushes anyways though.
The Creek & The Cave. 10-93 Jackson Ave, LIC.
The Creek & The Cave is a performance space slash bar slash restaurant in Long Island City. Yes, there are cool things to do in Queens. I came out here to watch Donald Glover, the dude from Community, do his rap thing. It was an interesting show and he definitely packed the place. When you come in theres a performance space to the left, or you can head to the right into the restaurant area, or you can head downstairs to the bar area or back patio. If youre in the area, the food is good and the cover for shows is like $5 most times. But then again, if youre in the area looking for a drink, youd be better off going to Dutch Kills. The bathroom here is unisex and single stall. Double fail. But its pretty big and not too busy. Its all the way downstairs and to the left. I give it 3 flushes.
Few more pics after the jump
The Bell House. 149 7th Street (Gowanus/Park Slope, BK)
In April of this year some friends and I went to see The Walkmen at The Bell House. This was kind of a small venue and sort of a big deal because we’re all huge fans and we got to see the band in their old stomping grounds. In anticipation of their upcoming new album (9/14/10) they played a few small shows here and there, playing alot of the new stuff and alot of the old stuff we all know and love. The Walkmen have been everywhere lately, including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I was lucky enough to win tix for the band bench and got to see them perform from the stage. Check us out here. Thats me, upper right with the white T-shirt and my buddy Andy next to me.
The Bell House is a pretty sweet little venue, despite being kind of out of my way. The cocktails are good and its a good looking space. Andy did me the favor of capturing this bathroom graffiti . Octogenarian humor with attention to detail. Steely Dan would certainly approve.
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Webster Hall. 125 E 11th Street (btwn 3rd & 4th)
This place smells historic. And not just in the bathroom. While Webster Hall is mainly a concert venue now, it was supposedly owned by Al Capone in the 20’s and served as the first modern nightclub. That just screams speakeasy. We came here to see a sold out Kings of Convenience show. Maybe it was not the best venue for that act, but there’s potential there. Bathrooms on the main level are towards the end of the cavernous room, in a corner, snuggled between 2 bars. Not only are the colors exquisite, you can buy candy in there. Not one or two types of candy, but at least eleven kinds. There’s utter confusion about who is in what line, where are the paper towels, and can i borrow a quarter for a Blow Pop. This is the epitome of unisex bathroom. I give it 2 flushes.
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Coney Island. Brooklyn, NY
Take the Q or some other weird train down to the end of the earth. Dont freak out. Itll take forever, but you will be rewarded. Coney Island awaits: all the food, Cyclone rides, and pale, half-naked gross people you can handle. This was my first time going, seduced by the Siren Festival and its promises of Surfer Blood, Ted Leo, and Matt + Kim. What I ended up doing was eating corn dogs, steak fries, and ice cream. I’m not sure what happened. Blame the heat stroke. The bathroom I went to was located at the base of the Wonder Wheel. I thought the 25 cent charge for the toilet was reasonable. Yes, you heard right, you have to pay a quarter to pee. I give it 3 flushes. It wasn’t as gross as you’d think and the ladies in there were pros at standing in line.
Pianos. 158 Ludlow Street (at Stanton)
$3 for a pint. On a Saturday. Thats a pretty good deal. And it’ll have you heading downstairs to check out the bathrooms after a handful of rounds. Theres something not quite right about the bathroom. Im not sure if its the tiny size or the 110 degree heat in them, but something made me feel like I needed to barely wash my hands and just get back upstairs. Maybe thats their strategy. No loitering in the bathrooms, taking pics and acting a fool. Get back up those stairs and do the white man’s overbite to some Prince. Seriously how can anyone not love Pianos? Its got a bar, a DJ, an upstairs, good burgers, good happy hour. What else do you want? God, youre such a snob. 3 flushes with my Reebok Freestyle Hi-tops.
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White Castle. 781 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY
I dont think I really need to say too much about White Castle. Its cheap. There’s not too much variety so its easy to order. Its good after drinking or for breakfast (which happen simultaneously sometimes). And they open late and sometimes 24 hours a day. Its perfection. To get into this bathroom you have to be buzzed in by someone, probably preventing pukers and other riff-raff from trashing it. Its a single stall but its huge and private and there’s room to dance. I give it 4 flushes.
30 burgers for $14.99. You cant beat that with a stick.
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