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About Joe's Pub

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. 


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 mixologist Shannon Beck, uses choice spirits and seasonal house-made mixers, combining tried and true technique and an updated approach to the classics. Chefs Andrew Carmellini and John Ramirez 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 (11am-7pm Monday through Friday and 12 pm-6 pm Sunday), or in person at The Public Theater Box Office (opens at 2 pm daily and 1 hour prior to matinee performances) 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

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.