December 2016

The 55 Best Live Music Venues in NYC

When it comes to live music, New York, New York is arguably the greatest city in the world.  The Five Boroughs doesn't have a few places to listen to live music, it literally has hundreds.
Creating a list of the 55 best live music venues in New York City was an arduous, lengthy, and rewarding task.  There are so many great places in The Empire City that no matter how long you make your list, you're bound to leave a few good ones in the dust bin.
To shrink New York's vast selection of music venues to 55, we used three main criteria. The first was that the venue needed to have a serious passion for live music.
The space didn't have to be an exclusive live music venue.  It could also be a bar, or restaurant, or both. 
Also, the space didn't necessarily have to be dedicated to live music, it could also feature theatre productions, films, and dance recitals. Regardless of its use, the passion for live music had to be there. The venue needed to be a destination for music lovers.
The second criterion was that the venue needed to appreciate both the musician and the audience. We skipped spaces that merely herded concert ticket holders in and out or simply booked whatever artist was currently on top of the charts.
Finally, the venue had to be in New York City. It had to have a New York address. Sorry New Jersey. Let's begin our tour.

October 2016

Brooklyn Reporter:

“Doctor Who”-themed Brooklyn bar in the running for ‘America’s Best Bathroom’

By Meaghan McGoldrick  /  / Wednesday, October 5, 2016  / 12:14 PM

Talk about a royal flush.

Brooklyn’s own the Way Station has been named a finalist in the America’s Best Restroom contest, hosted by Cintas Corporation.

The “Doctor Who”-themed TARDIS bathroom at the Prospect Heights saloon features a colorful mural on all four walls as well as translucent windows to notify patrons when it’s occupied. In addition, its ceiling resembles a starry night sky, making it appear larger while also paying its respects to the cult classic television show.

“From the book lover to the baseball lover, our impressive 10 finalists have something for everyone,” said John Engel, senior marketing manager at Cintas. “We invite the public to show their support for their favorite restroom. The winning restroom will receive national attention as a business for its clean and welcoming restroom that excels in both function and design.”

“Doctor Who” is a classic science-fiction series that centers on time-travel.

The Way Station is one of 10 finalists, chosen based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

The winner will receive $2,500 in facility services, courtesy of Cintas.

Voting is open through November 1 at

August 2016

Nerd Alert: Have a Drink at One of the Geekiest Bars in America

If you're tired of pretentious pubs that cater to slick hipsters, banal bars with ear-splitting sound systems and dirty dives whose sole demographic is degenerates, then maybe it's time to change your choice of water holes. From coast to coast, a proliferation of drinking establishments are switching gears by aiming at gamers, geeks and other niche interest groups because there's more of a demand for it than anyone realized. From spots chock full of old-school arcades and board games to Magic The Gathering competitions, Dr. Who-themed decor and cosplay parties, the options for nerdy revelry are just about endless.  Continue reading here.

This TARDIS Toilet Is Actually Bigger on the Inside
But for the owners of a steampunk-themed bar called The Way Station in Brooklyn, the bathroom seemed like the most obvious choice for a TARDIS.

May 2015

Brockman's Gin- The Black Pages. May 25, 2015

March 2015

Buzz Feed- 19 Bars In America You Should Drink At Before You Die, By Jean-Michael Poff

February 2015

The Brooklyn Paper-Where to celebrate Mardi Gras in Brooklyn, By Matthew Perlman, February 12, 2015

October 2014

Village Voice Reader's Choice 2014, Best Cocktail Bar: The Way Station


Staten Island Invades Brooklyn

Brooklyn Paper Bands from Mysterious Island to Rock Brooklyn Venue, By Max Jaeger, October 15, 2014 

SILive 'Staten Island Invades Brooklyn' for full night of live music at The Way Station, by Lauren Steussy, Oct. 16, 2014


August 2014 

Gotham Holler Sponsors Country Music Nights at The Way Station in Brooklyn, NY 

EINNEwsDesk: Music Industry Today, August 12, 2014 August 12, 2014

Broadway World: 11, 2014 by Geeks News Desk.

PR Newswire: August 11, 2014


JULY 2014


DNAinfo: First-Ever Prospect Heights Music Festival Coming to a Bar Near You by Rachel Holliday Smith, July 7, 2014

Time Out New York listed the PHMF in their "Things to Do" this week section. This is a NOT TO BE MISSED Brooklyn moment. July 7, 2014

NEWS12 BROOKLYN: Watch the interview with The Way Station owner and a live performance by Branded Saloon owner. short reel here or long reel here.

Daily News: Brooklyn bands kick off first-ever Prospect Heights Music Festival by Marco Poggio, July 9, 2014

Yelp voted The Way Station one of their favorite, "petite pads for a truly intimate musical experience." June 11, 2014

"Let me tell you, Andy Heidel’s place is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. " Chuck Yarborough, Music Critic for The Cleveland Plain Dealer 

Untapped Cities- Daily What?! The Way Station Is a Dr. Who Themed Bar in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn by Billy Hagberg

Brooklyn DailyZimmer-men and women to play whole Bob Dylan album for his birthday by Danielle Furfaro, May 28, 2014

9 Of The Nerdiest Menus From Restaurants And Bars Around The World [Featured]


That's Nerdalicious!- 9 of the Nerdiest Menus from Bars and Restaurants Around the World by Lisa Granshaw

9 Of The Nerdiest Menus From Restaurants And Bars Around The World [Featured]


Stage Buddy TV-  Brooklyn's Friendly Neighborhood Nerd Bar. Interview with Anders.

Artist Growth- Help the soundman get you a great live music mix. An interview with our sound man James by Michael Gallant.


Lou Reed Birthday Tribute Press, March 2014

Brooklyn Paper-  Still waiting for the man: Bands play birthday tribute to Lou Reed

Black Book


Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Press, November 2013

BBC World News

Den of Geek!

The New Yorker

NY Post


The Independent


The Guardian

The Brooklyn Paper

----------- 5 NYC Restaurants and Bars that Honor Your Hidden Geek

Brooklyn Exposed - Your Guide to Everything Brooklyn

Topless Robot- Nerdiest Places in Brooklyn

Io9 The Greatest Science Fiction-Themed Bars and Restaurants on Earth

Time Out New YorkVintage New York trendsetters and scene makers: Andy Heidel

Io9 hosts Golden Anniversary party @ The Way Station

Io9 says: "This Is Awesome!"

Featured on Space TV's Inner Space

Featured on BBC World News segment on Steampunk

 L Magazine Best of Brooklyn issue listed The Way Station as the "Best Bar for Nerding Out"

The L Magazine review of TWS says:
"there is something different about Way Station. The anachronistic sensibility seems to come from a more earnest place, a yearning for an alternate reality instead of the usual knee-jerk aping of Old Europe. It is a beacon for the neighborhood's nerdy, a place where you can mention the Cybermen or Cthulhu with any random stranger and they'll probably know what you're talking about. Also, in case you haven't heard, it has a fucking TARDIS."

NY Press had my bar review listed on their front page
"Since it opened in February, The Way Station has been picking up steam. The TARDIS has proved a powerful magnet for Doctor Who fans from around the region, and Heidel says curious visitors from as far away as Alaska, Florida and Texas have ventured into the bar. And though you won't be transported to another dimension, you could easily lose track of time at The Way Station."

Great interview with Proprietor Andy (anders) Heidel in the Village Voice

New York Magazine : "Truth be told, though, the Way Station is simply a solid neighborhood bar in a neighborhood short on them." Also listed in NY Magazine's PRO CRO guide and Grub Street

Brooklyn Exposed review  "This bar is amazing. It offers killer drinks and an atmosphere that will blow your mind. It’s a great place to nerd it out, dress crazy, meet some science fiction lovers and just have a great time!"

Party Earth Review: " Individualist and unique, yet warm and relaxed, The Way Station offers some good kitschy fun for those looking to slip in, grab a pint, and get their nerd on."

Featured as Bar of the Day on Shecky's

The Brooklyn Paper has a new story about the bar. Gothamist picked it up and is getting lots of comments. (BTW longacre, i got that poster as a reproduction print from Paris and had it professionally framed). Oh, And now Village Voice NY Press and Grub Street have picked up the thread.

New posts on my wait for a liquor license io9

Girl Gone Geek

Brownstoner broke the news on our December events

Brooklynian is chatting about "The New Bar on Washington Ave" and Intrepid Engine says "Andy had me at Steampunk Bar."

Galleycat just posted about our upcoming steampunk reading series. If you're interested in curating, drop us a line.


The Brooklyn Paper broke the news first about The Way Station opening up.

"Thank you for the live streaming, including the option to embed the performance on our website and post to fb, and for advertising in the Village Voice. Too few clubs do a band this service."

 BAR SCRAWL by Bill Roundy for the Brooklyn Paper