Rock Shop

Rock Shop stopped hosting live music in 2016, converting to pinball and pool.  The bar closed at the end of July 2017. Rock Shop is located on 249 Fourth...

Rock Shop

Noah Champion Band

Rock Shop stopped hosting live music in 2016, converting to pinball and pool.  The bar closed at the end of July 2017.

Rock Shop is located on 249 Fourth Avenue, between Carroll and President Street, in Brooklyn’s Park Slope.  It is run by Jack ‘Skippy’ McFadden, who previously booked at Bell House and Union Hall, the latter of which is only two blocks to the east.  Littlefield also lies three blocks to the north, while Southpaw is six blocks to the northeast.  Rock Shop opened in July 2010.

Rock Shop is a bar with a venue in the back, akin to the Bowery area of Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge and Piano’s.  The front area is remarkably open, with high tables across from the long side bar.  The area on the patron side of the bar narrows as one gets closer to the back stage (thanks to a pair of back-to-back bathrooms), but there is no door or wall dividing the front bar and the back stage, unlike Mercury or Piano’s.  However, the stage floor area is relatively limited, as is the lighting.

After McFadden’s reportedly less-than-amicable split with the owners of Bell House & Union Hall, he opened Rock Shop.  Yet Rock Shop is less a ‘classy space semi-converted into a venue’ like those to Park Slope brethren than a bar semi-converted into a venue, like the venues in the Bowery.  Still, it is one of the smaller, lower-end venues with cheap prices & limited facilities like Union Hall or Piano’s.  So far, the acts have tended towards local, but McFadden’s booking reputation has also begun to bring larger touring acts to the venue (which is just as close to a subway stop as any other in Park Slope).


Capacity: 120



249 Fourth Avenue (between Carroll and President Streets)

By Subway:

D, N, or R to Union Street – walk one-and-a-half blocks southwest on 4th Avenue
D, F, G, N or R to 4th Avenue/9th Street – walk ten-and-a-half blocks north on 4th Avenue
B, Q, 2, 3, 4, or 5 to Pacific Street/Atlantic Avenue – walk twelve-and-a-half blocks south on 4th Avenue


QRO Coverage:

-Thieving Irons, February 13th, 2012 – photos

-Liam Finn, with Miriam Clancy, January 16th, 2012 – live review, Liam Finn photos, Miriam Clancy photos

-Malajube, with Les San Culottes and Jonny Chan & The New Dynasty, September 17th, 2011 – Malajube photos, Les San Culottes photos, Jonny Chan & The New Dynasty photos

-Noah Champion Band, with Takka Takka and Little Racer, May 26th, 2011 – Noah Champion Band photos, Takka Takka photos, Little Racer photos

-The Forms, with Monogold, February 12th, 2011 – The Forms photos, Monogold photos

-Panda Riot, October 18th, 2010 (CMJ pre-party) – CMJ coverage, photos

-ArpLine, with Motel Motel and Christopher Paul Stelling, October 3rd, 2010 (‘Leatherfest’) – ArpLine photos, Motel Motel photos, Christopher Paul Stelling photos

Takka Takka

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