When CBGB finally succumbed to landlord pressure and closed in 2009, New York City musician Jesse Malin opened The Bowery Electric, a rock club a block away from the location of the legendary punk launching pad for The Ramones, Blondie, Television and Patti Smith.
Malin himself is a successful rock artist whose anthemic songs have earned him comparisons to his friend Ryan Adams and to Bruce Springsteen. Now his club is where smart rock fans come to drink and to check out great bands like Marah from Philadelphia, in for a residency recently, or for sexy drunken dance parties like Gina Bon Jersey’s Twist and Shout Rock ‘n Roll Dance Party on Saturday nights. Malin pals like Green Day have been known to show up for late night jams and after parties.
The Bowery Electric is booked by Malin’s manager, Diane Gentile, who has deep roots in the NYC rock scene and shows it by adding special nights like a spoken word evening with The Dictators’ Andy Shernoff or hosting the annual Howl Festival, inspired by long-time East Village resident Allen Ginsberg.
The main stage is downstairs and the bar is street level, providing an escape from the bands, a menu of custom cocktails, a sommelier-approved wine list, a full line of fine scotches, bourbons and tequilas, a dozen beers on tap and a wide selection of bottled beers. A word of caution: don’t wear Dad jeans if you want prompt service at this hip venue. Bedhead and a leather jacket will get you much more play from the bartender.