Posted in music | venues on May 6, 2010

The Rock Shop
The Rock Shop

"[Today], Michael Winsch of the Bowery Ballroom will give the bi-level space that once housed Cattyshack a butch makeover. He's teaming up with Brian Harkenrider (a former Bowery manager) to open what you might or might not consider a sports bar -- "we're not necessarily going to call ourselves a sports bar," says Harkenrider, "but we have a bunch of flat-screens." Ten of them, to be exact. But sports won't be the only focus here: With a new stage and soundboard intact, the first floor will eventually host the sort of live bands you'd expect to see at the Bowery Ballroom's sister club, Mercury Lounge (the booker is Diane Perini, who's also responsible for the just-announced lineup of the 2010 Siren Music Festival).

Upstairs, a bar will offer nightly $3 drink specials, and Cattyshack's roof deck remains. In about a month, the Rock Shop will serve "simple bar food" (burgers, pizzas, panini, etc.) -- until then, you can score grub across the street at another newcomer, Oaxaca.

The Rock Shop, 249 Fourth Ave.; 718-230-5740"
[New York Magazine]

The above photo is via NY Magazine who have more like it. As you can sort of see in the picture, the venue is next to a tire shop on 4th Ave. Cattyshack was seen as brave for venturing past 5th Ave which is the prettier and more foot-trafficked avenue with lots of shops and restaurants. Southpaw and Union Hall are both on 5th Ave. Of course, Littlefield and The Bell House are even braver - their locations are even further in the "middle of nowhere".

"Bowery Presents" is a complicated company. Michael Winsch is one of two owners of Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge which are part of Bowery Presents. The Rock Shop will not be part of Bowery Presents. How they coordinate remains to be seen. In the meantime, check out some videos taken inside the space when it was Cattyshack (RIP), below....

Keith Porter @ ABHJ Labor Day Jam

James Vincent @ ABHJ Labor Day Jam

Drag King Cali @ Cattyshack

ciara @ cattyshack new york

switch n play @ cattyshack brooklyn, new york

"Barbarellaman" Live At The CattyShack

Kat Devlin "Both Hands" a cappella

'F**k Her Gently'

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Comments (34)

Looks sweet.

Posted by Anonymoose | May 6, 2010 11:30 AM

there's a great brand new bar next door to it as well from the same guys who own bar great harry in carroll gardens.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 11:30 AM

this looks kind of gay

Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2010 11:41 AM

Red flag = TVs and live bands

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 11:43 AM

holy lord what a terrible name

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 11:44 AM

The Bell House and Union Hall serve a booking alternative in the Slope and Gowanus (the true neighborhood name for some parts of this area). Will this place now bleed them dry the way they (and the Bowery collective) killed Southpaw?

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 11:44 AM

"Will this place now bleed them dry the way they (and the Bowery collective) killed Southpaw?"

I hope so!!

JUST KIDDING!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 11:46 AM


Going to Park Slope sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 12:09 PM

^agreed

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 12:25 PM

^Glad you feel that way. Cos living there is great!

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 12:29 PM

luckily this place isn't in Park Slope, i'm sorry, but 4th Avenue isn't PS, it's Gowanus or just kinda no man's land. Only real estate agents try to convince you that 4th Ave is Park Slope. Nothin' against PS or 4th Ave, just sayin...

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 12:29 PM

I was about to post the same thing. 4th Ave is Park Slope? There is no park and there is no slope.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 12:35 PM

Park Slope is expanding to 4th Ave whether you purists like it or not. Most importantly, this bar will serve people who live in Park Slope.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 12:45 PM

4th ave is like park slope for the younger residents of the nabe who dont want to be surrounded by all the strollers - its becoming the best part of the slope.

Posted by jayne | May 6, 2010 12:52 PM

"brave" lol

4th avenue is Park Slope. At lest according to the condo developers who want to distance themselves from the stinky stigma of Gowanus.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 1:00 PM

This place looks awesome but the name is downright terrible!

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 1:05 PM

god, I miss cattyshack.

Posted by emma | May 6, 2010 1:49 PM

They took down a lesbian club and built a sports bar.

Posted by comehomenow | May 6, 2010 3:50 PM

LISTEN! For all the years I've lived in Fort Greene and Prospect Heights and had to get my ass to Williamsburg (G Train vs. expensive car service) to see good music and fight the insufferable hipster crowds, I'm stoked to have a variety of venues within walking distance of where I live.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 4:15 PM

Park Slope's western border is 4th. So this is technically Park Slope, and Gowanus begins across the street.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 4:28 PM

Took a doo-doo there, came out smooth. think it was the lesbian pheromones left behind…I’ll be back

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 4:33 PM

Park Slope? What park is 4th ave close to? It's not Prospect Park.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 4:41 PM

"Park Slope? What park is 4th ave close to? It's not Prospect Park."

Dumbest most misinformed response ever.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 5:00 PM

was wondering when the bowery empire was going to reach into Park Slope.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 7:20 PM

Forget the names of neighborhoods & venues...


THERE'S A GOSH-DAMN TACO JOINT ACROSS THE STREET!!!


Posted by Jonesboogie, Rawkansas | May 6, 2010 9:41 PM

If 4th ave is becoming a nice place to go that doesn't all of a sudden make it part of park slope, it just means that gowanus is getting real.

Posted by andrew | May 6, 2010 11:51 PM

cakeshop > rockshop

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:30 AM

Whether this is Park Slop or not, Park Slope is sanitized, boring, and boutique beyond belief.
Pretty brownstones though so have fun paying out the ass for a cute movie esque apt.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:18 AM

cakeshop > rockshop > Magnolia Bakery

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:56 PM

3:18-Let me guess... Bushwick?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:36 PM

3:18 -

has sanitation become uncool? no wonder all the hipsters smell like ass these days

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:58 PM

Its really weird, as soon as I get off the L Train in w'burg I notice the unwashed white people. Its very strange. Your clothes smell bad kids. Your hair stinks. And you have body odor. And yet, whenever possible, they take great pleasure and illusory powerin trashing "hippies".

Posted by nygrump | May 26, 2010 4:53 PM

This place has potential, but sadly, with the excuse of the rooftop bar being outdoors, the cancerstick smokers will stink up the place and ruin it for the classy people.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2010 3:58 PM

rip off...The real Rock Shop in North Carolina. Been around since 2006. Over 1,000 capacity. Saw Deftones there last night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 1:44 PM

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