About Us

Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub at The Public opened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space and superior acoustics to perform and develop new work. Joe's Pub consistently presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. In addition, Joe’s Pub features seasonal dinner and bar menus from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. As part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home, Joe's Pub showcases talent from all over the world, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually. Joe’s Pub also offers unique opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that provides musicians (Allen Toussaint, Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Bridget Everett and more) resources and collaborators to develop new theatrical works; and Joe's Pub Working Group, the venue’s artist development program.

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, #8 on the 2013 Venues That Rock

“The only truly multicultural venue in New York" - The New York TimesSaviors of the American Songbook

"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

"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

"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 Carmellini

"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 Bentley

"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

"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 Magazine

Press contact: Yuri Kwon, ykwon@publictheater.org


Q: Is Joe’s Pub an All Ages venue?

   A: All ages are welcome, but please be aware that performances may include adult language and topics.

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 purchase tickets?

   A: Tickets to all shows are available via the ticketing links on our calendar, by phone at 212-967-7555 (10am-7pm), or in person at The Public Theater Box Office (opens at 2pm) 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 bookings@joespub.com telling 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 private event?
   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 customed for an event. Full in-house catering is also available. Pricing varies on length of event, date availability and other factors. For more information, contact jprentals@joespub.com.

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 TwitterFacebookInstagramTumblr and YouTube.

Q: Is 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.


***There is a 2 drink or $12 food minimum per person at Joe's Pub.