(Le) Poisson Rouge

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(Le) Poisson Rouge
The façade of (Le) Poisson Rouge
Address 158 Bleecker Street
Location New York, NY 10012 USA
Coordinates 40°43′42″N 74°00′00″W / 40.7284°N 73.999977°W / 40.7284; -73.999977Coordinates: 40°43′42″N 74°00′00″W / 40.7284°N 73.999977°W / 40.7284; -73.999977
Type Nightclub
Seating type Standing, cabaret seating, or in-the-round
Capacity 700[1]
Opened 2008

(Le) Poisson Rouge (often referred to as LPR) is a music venue and multimedia art cabaret in New York City founded in 2008 by Justin Kantor and David Handler on the former site of The Village Gate.[2] The performance space was designed and engineered by John Storyk/WSDG, it has become known for its focus on artistry, bringing contemporary classical music into the club setting, and offering a variety of set ups so that a seated classical performance can be followed by a standing set by a rock band or a DJ.[3] Responding to a performance of Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time featuring pianist Bruce Brubaker at LPR, the Wall Street Journal reported: "The crowd -- many of whom wouldn't even have known who Messiaen was -- sat in rapt silence, and roared their approval at the end."[4][5]

Kantor and Handler, both graduates of Manhattan School of Music, founded LPR[6] with the stated desire of creating a venue that would foster the fusion of "popular and art cultures" in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art.[7]

The venue is home to a myriad variety of genres[8] focusing on classical, new music, avant garde music, indie rock, and jazz, but also playing host to readings, comedy, film, DJs, parties, theater,and burlesque.[9]

A number of live albums have been recorded at (Le) Poisson Rouge, including an improvised album by J. Spaceman and Kid Millions[10] and Grand Valley State University's New Music Ensemble recording of Terry Riley's In C.[11]

Main stage of (Le) Poisson Rouge


  • 2013 Guest of a Guest's Best NYC Venues to Discover New Musicians [12]
  • 2012 & 2013 Downbeat Magazine's Great Jazz Rooms of the World [13]
  • 2012 Foursquare: New York's Best Music Venues 2012[14]
  • 2012 iRockaes Top 50 Live Streaming Sources[15]
  • 2011 ASCAP's Victor Herbert Award for excellence in programming [16]
  • 2011 Lonely Planet Best of NYC[17]
  • 2011 Village Award from Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation [18]
  • 2011 New York Jazz Record Venue of the Year
  • 2010 Paper Magazine Best Party in NYC (The Freedom Party)
  • 2010 Club Planet Venue of the Week
  • 2009 New York Magazine’s Best High Brow Venue
  • 2009 Village Voice’s Best Rock Venue
  • Listed in Flavorpill’s Best Venues of the 21st Century
  • Three years running[citation needed] a nominee for Paper Magazine’s best club in New York City[19][20]
The hanging fishtank in the vestibule of (Le) Poisson Rouge.


  1. ^ "About | (le) poisson rouge". Lepoissonrouge.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  2. ^ MARK SWED (2009-07-04). "Critic's Notebook - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  3. ^ Smith, Steve (2010-10-11). "Kronos Quartet With Wide Mix at Poisson Rouge". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Sandow, Greg, "A Young, Hip, Classical Crowd", Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2009
  5. ^ "Seeing the future | Sandow". Artsjournal.com. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  6. ^ "(Le) Poisson Rouge - New York City - Shecky's". Sheckysnightlife.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  7. ^ "Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY 10012 - Reviews". InTheMO. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  8. ^ "Live Music | New York Music Events & Concerts | Time Out New York". Newyork.timeout.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  9. ^ "About | (le) poisson rouge". Lepoissonrouge.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Pitchfork review of J. Spaceman / Kid Millions: Live at Le Poisson Rouge". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  11. ^ "Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble - Terry Riley's In C". Bang on a Can. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  12. ^ "The Best NYC Venues To Discover New Musicians". Guestofaguest.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  13. ^ "212 Great Jazz Rooms | February 2012". DownBeat. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  14. ^ "New York's Best Music Venues - 2012 - Best of Foursquare". Foursquare.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  15. ^ "IROCKE's Top 50 Live Streaming Sources of 2012 |". Blog.irocke.com. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  16. ^ "2011 Concert Music Awards". Ascap.com. 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  17. ^ "Press | (le) poisson rouge". Lepoissonrouge.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  18. ^ Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (2011-06-13). "Detail". GVSHP. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  19. ^ Papermag Editors (2010-09-24). "PAPER's Sixth Annual Nightlife Awards: The Complete Nominees List". Papermag. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  20. ^ http://peoples-choice-awards09.papermag.com/

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