Santos Party House

Apparently Santos Party House suddenly closed after May 29th, 2016. Santos Party House is located on 100 Lafayette Street, Manhattan, on the corner of Lafayette and Walker Street.  It...

Santos Party House

Midnight Juggernauts (upstairs)

Apparently Santos Party House suddenly closed after May 29th, 2016.

Santos Party House is located on 100 Lafayette Street, Manhattan, on the corner of Lafayette and Walker Street.  It lies on the northern edge of Chinatown, just south of Little Italy (the dividing line is Canal Street, one block to the north – also the dividing line between SoHo and TriBeCa, to the west), southeast (along Canal Street) of Canal Room and east of the late Knitting Factory.  A recent venue, the downstairs opened on May 14th, 2008, while the upstairs opened on June 1st, 2008 – it took the partners, including musician Andrew W.K., three years to acquire a cabaret license and convert the factory into a venue.

Santos is actually a two-floor ‘party space’, with the larger upstairs being the main room, akin to old Knitting Factory and Webster Hall/Studio @ Webster Hall (though those are/were both three-floor spaces, and had balconies on the main room).  The entrance leads to the back end of the stage floor, house-left, with bars on the near-left and far-right.  Bathrooms are downstairs, through the back, house-right exit (also used as the main exit when shows conclude).  Also like Webster Hall, the sound system and lighting are strong, but the smoke machine is over-used.  It is smaller, though, as well as easier to get to the front, with extra space up front at the right and left of the stage.

Designed to not just be a concert venue but a ‘party space’, nights there are often billed as ‘events’, akin to GBH events at Webster Hall or most nights at Brooklyn’s late Studio B.  Hip-hop and dance is more frequent that indie-rock, and some events are ‘showcases’ by a particular artist/label/pr firm.  Located in a higher-price area of Manhattan that is lacking for venues (especially once Knitting Factory moved to Williamsburg), and easily accessible by subway, Santos is a welcome addition, but still more of an outlier than challenger to the Bowery haunts.

Capacity: 570


100 Lafayette Street (Corner of Lafayette and Walker Street)

By Subway:

J, N, Q, R, Z, 4 & 6 trains to Canal St. – walk 1 block south on West side of Lafayette Street


QRO Coverage:

-Seratones, with Car Seat Headrest, October 14th, 2015 (CMJ) – Seratones photos, Car Seat Headrest photos

-Sylvana Joyce & The Moment, December 5th, 2012 – photos

-Icona Pop, September 12th, 2012 – live review, photos

-The Cribs, with Alex Winston, June 6th, 2012 – The Cribs photos, Alex Winston photos

-El-P, May 21st, 2012 – live review, photos

-Yuksek, April 5th, 2012 – live review, photos

-Turbonegro, with Andrew W.K., November 18th, 2011 (World Snowboard Championship Party) – live review, Turbonegro photos, Andrew W.K. photos (downstairs), party photos (downstairs)

-Astronautalis, November 4th, 2011 (downstairs) – live review

-ANR, with Savoir Adore, October 21st, 2011 (downstairs) (CMJ) – CMJ coverage, ANR photos, Savoir Adore photos

-Beach Fossils, with Caveman, September 22nd, 2011 – Beach Fossils photos, Caveman photos

-Beach Fossils, June 23rd, 2011 – photos

-Method of Defiance, November 7th, 2010 – photos

-DOM, with Tamaryn, October 20th, 2010 (CMJ) – DOM photos, Tamaryn photos

-Midnight Juggernauts, with HEALTH, July 22nd, 2010 – Midnight Juggernauts photos, HEALTH photos

-Midnight Juggernauts, October 24th, 2009 (CMJ) – CMJ coverage, photos

-Real Estate, with Midnight Juggernauts & Theophilus London, October 21st, 2009 (downstairs) (CMJ) – CMJ coverage, Real Estate photos, Midnight Juggernauts photos, Theophilus London photos

-of Montreal, September 16th, 2009 – photos

-YACHT, July 28th, 2009 – photos

-The Sounds, April 30th, 2009 – photos

-The Morning After Girls, with Silver Rockets, April 16th, 2009 – The Morning After Girls photos, Silver Rockets photos

-Des Roar, with Gringo Star, December 10th, 2008 – Des Roar photos, Gringo Star photos

Theophilus London (downstairs)

Live Videos:

The Sounds – “Tony the Beat”, New York, NY, 4/30/09
Gringo Star – “Holding on to Hate”, New York, NY, 12/10/08
Gringo Star – “All Y’all”, New York, NY, 12/10/08
Des Roar, New York, NY, 12/10/08

Santos Party House

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