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Joe’s Pub at The Public is one of New York City’s most celebrated venues for
emerging and established performance artists. Named for Public Theater founder
Joe Papp, Joe’s Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public’s
mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an
intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe’s Pub presents talent from
all over the world as part of The Public’s programming downtown at its Astor
Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience
The diverse roster of programming
featured at Joe’s Pub includes top performers from Broadway, cabaret, dance,
world, singer-songwriter, jazz, country and indie genres as well as New York
Voices, its commissioning initiative, today’s rising stars and GRAMMY Award
winners. Joe’s Pub also collaborates with other Public Theater programs to
present events such as the Under the Radar Incoming series and
the Public Forum lecture and debate series.
The New York Times has
praised Joe’s Pub as at the “nexus” of “a downtown axis of clubs whose
performers gleefully fuzz the boundaries between old and new, and between pop,
rock, jazz, rhythm-and-blues, swing, country, world music and performance art.”
Its elegant neoclassical design, intimate atmosphere, and superior acoustics
have consistently landed the venue on annual Best Of New York lists.
A top-to-bottom renovation was completed in 2011, leading to improved
sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew
Artists that have performed at Joe’s Pub include: Leonard Cohen, David Byrne,
Anne Hathaway, Elvis Costello, Amy Winehouse, Jason Mraz, Adele, Lady Gaga, Richard
Thompson, Paloma Faith, NE-YO, Miguel, Melissa Etheridge, Bebel Gilberto,
Youssou N’Dour, Pete Townshend, Prince, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Angelique
Kidjo, Akiko Yano Trio, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Dolly
Parton, Amadou and Mariam, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Laura Marling,Sinead
O’Connor, Wynton Marsalis, Luciana Souza, Allen Toussaint, The Bad Plus, Kronos
Quartet, Alice Coltrane, Project Trio, Emerson String Quartet, Mirah, Neko
Case, Doveman, Feist, Alicia Keys, Bettye LaVette, Eartha Kitt, Toshi Reagon,
Lykke Li, Alice Smith, Mos Def, Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Our Hit Parade,
Sharon Jones, John Andrews, Antony and the Johnsons, Lady Rizo, Isaac Mizrahi,
Liz Phair, Sarah Silverman, Bridget Everett, Henry Rollins, Saul Williams, Mike
Daisey, Jack Hitt, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, Mythli Prakash,
DanceNOW, Sutton Foster, Ute Lemper, Jackie Hoffman, Audra McDonald, Kelli
O’Hara, Norm Lewis, Sasha Allen, John Lithgow, Son Lux, Patti LuPone, Ad-Rock,
Lewis Watson, Steven Pasquale, Terakaft, Willis Earl Beal, Marc Shaiman,
Valerie June, Capital Cities, Aloe Blacc, Gloria Steinem, Rachael Yamagata, Men
In Blazers, Julie Klausner, Diane Birch, Brett Eldridge, Amy Schumer, and many more.
“Part supper club, part theater, Joe's Pub has
made everyone from Lady Gaga to Leonard Cohen to Alicia Keys (who called it her
"favorite rock & roll venue") feel like royalty.” – Rolling Stone, 2013 Venues That Rock, #8
"The future Norah Joneses are more likely
to come from a downtown axis of clubs whose performers gleefully fuzz the
boundaries between old and new, and between pop, rock, jazz, rhythm-and-blues,
swing, country, world music and performance art. At the nexus of the scene is
Joe’s Pub." – New York Times
“In this one space, you can see live music of nearly every genre — from
indie-folk to free jazz and showtunes — readings and spoken-word events” -
“The only truly multicultural venue in New York" - New York Times
"The city’s premier small spot for sit-down audiences, Joe’s Pub (named
for Joseph Papp, the founder of its parent, the Public Theater) brings in
impeccable talent of all genres and origins." - Time Out New York
"My favorite rock and roll venue is Joe’s Pub in New York, where you get
all the sweat and the heat from the performances." – Alicia Keys
"Joe's Pub has a quiet cool about itself that you don't really see
anymore, it's one of my favorite small stages in the city, and has housed some
big voices over the last 14 years. I am excited to now have a part in that and
bring some big flavors.” – Andrew
"A decidedly downtown feel. Think urban goth, with ornate molded
ceilings.” – Newsday
"Consistently varied, top quality booking...cabaret, globalist pop
prevalent, late night hip-hop too...classy interior...comfy, intimate
space." – Time Out NY
"Joe's Pub is so intimate and the audience is a huge part of those shows
because they're so close. It's like everybody in the room is in on a secret or
something. You've got four guys with guitars, telling stories and drinking
whiskey…anything can happen!” – Dierks
"Best bar to get romantic and play grown-up….Dance, comedy, poetry, and
music from folk to hip-hop; sooner or later, it turns up here." – Village Voice
"This room in the East Village offers an eclectic elegance, amazing sight
lines, great acoustics and adventurous booking that offers heavy doses of jazz
and world music." – Downbeat
"We love Joe’s Pub, the eclectic nightclub that might feature a cabaret
performer one night, a jazz singer the next and a straight out rocker the night
after. Poets, scratch DJ’s, composers performing their own material – you never
know what you’ll find next, but you can count on the fact that it will be good,
very good." – New York
"One of the best small music venues I've ever been to." – BBC Radio
Best Excuse To Let A Single Venue Dictate Your Musical Taste – Village Voice
Best Theater to Catch Rising Stars – CitySearch
Best Downtown Classical-Music Venue – New
Joe's Pub is part of The Public Theater, located at 425 Lafayette Street between East 4th and Astor Place in New York City's East Village.
Street parking is often available on Lafayette or the surrounding area. If you are unable to locate a public parking space, there are multiple parking lots surrounding Lafayette Street. Click here to print a $5 off parking coupon for participating lots on Lafayette Street.
Directions to Joe's Pub:
West Side: Take the R or W train to the 8th Street Station
East Side: Take the #6 train to Astor Place Station
Exit the FDR Drive at Houston Street, drive west to Lafayette Street and turn right.
Or drive down Broadway to 4th Street, turn left on 4th Street and then again on Lafayette Street
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Joe’s
Pub an All Ages venue?
A: We are
an all ages venue!
Q: What is
the policy for photography and filming in Joe's Pub?
A: Joe’s Pub
reserves the right to prohibit photography and video during the performance.
Professional cameras and video accessories (tripods, microphones, extra
lighting) are not allowed without prior consent. Thank you for being respectful
of the artist and the other members of the audience.
Q: Is food available and do you have a full bar?
A: Yes. Our cocktail list, created by Eaters New York
Bartender of the Year 2013, Tiffany Short, uses choice spirits and seasonal
house-made mixers, combining tried and true technique and an updated approach
to the classics. Chefs Andrew Carmellini and Zachary Faulisi have created
an eclectic, American menu of bar snacks, shareable appetizers, sandwiches,
dinner plates and desserts sourcing local ingredients and New York influence.
Please note there is a $12 food minimum or two drink minimum in the
room. As a courtesy to the artists we recommend arriving no later
than thirty minutes before show time to place your food and beverage orders.
Q: How do I
to all shows are available via the ticketing links on our calendar [LINK], by phone
at 212-967-7555, or in person at The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM)
located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC. Tickets are non-refundable.
Q: What do I need to pick up tickets I purchased online?
A: Please bring a valid photo ID or the credit card used to purchase
the tickets to the box office will call.
Q: How can
I get a show at Joe’s Pub?
A: If a band that you represent
wishes to play at Joe's Pub, feel free to send an inquiry to
us more about the performers, their draw in the New York area and where they
currently play in NYC. Please DO NOT send physical press kits or CDs.
Q: How do I rent Joe’s Pub for a
A: Joe's Pub is available to rent
for showcases, CD and book release events, press events, benefits, weddings,
holiday parties, corporate parties, meetings and other private events. Our
venue hosts 187 seated guests but can be room set-up can be accustomed to the
type of event. Full in-house catering is also available. Pricing varies on
length of event, date availability and other factors. For more information,
contact Sara Beesley at
How do I get an internship at Joe’s Pub?
A: Please email
are interested in an internship at Joe’s Pub.
Q: How do I get updates about events at Joe’s Pub?
A: To get the most up to date news, sign
up for our eblast or check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.
parking available for Joe's Pub?
A: Street parking is often available
on Lafayette or the surrounding area. If you are unable to locate a public
parking space, there are multiple parking lots surrounding Lafayette Street
including two that will offer you a $5 discount if you present this coupon.