Union Pool

Union Pool is located on 484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, at the corner of Union & Meeker.  It lies in the shadow of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.  It also lies in...

Union Pool


Union Pool is located on 484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, at the corner of Union & Meeker.  It lies in the shadow of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.  It also lies in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, just one stop on the L away from Music Hall in Williamsburg.

The main front area of Union Pool is a large bar with booths as well (the venue had originally been a pool supply store, thus the name – not to be confused with McCarren Park Pool).  At the other end is an outdoor patio area, which one must walk through, in order to get to the stage floor area.  To the right, within the bar, are the bathrooms.  To the right in the patio area is the entrance to the stage floor area, after one passes through yet another foyer, and makes a left.  The small stage floor area has a non-tap bar on the house-right, and a set of stairs to a small balcony (including soundboard) to the house-left.  The stage itself is a few feet off the ground, with an lip, curtains, and surrounding lights that seem more suited to vaudeville (though nowhere near that size).

Other than country nights on Mondays, the shows at Union Pool are mostly indie-rock.  The acts aren’t that major, more in line with small Bowery area venues like Piano’s, though do seem to draw more from Brooklyn.  However, the ticket prices aren’t that much, and neither are the beers – plus it’s still a cut above such former DIY Brooklyn locales as Glasslands or Death By Audio.  Like the small Bowery venues, it’s not a must-see, but if a band you want to see happens to be playing there, it’s a nice place to catch them.

Capacity: 74 (stage floor area)



484 Union Avenue (Corner of Union & Meeker)

By Subway:

L & G trains to Lorimer Avenue – walk two blocks north on east side of Union

QRO Coverage:

-+/-, June 1st, 2024 – live review, photos

-Jo Schornikow, April 30th, 2022 – photos

-Walter Martin, January 28th, 2016 – photos

-The Everymen, June 14th, 2012 (Northside) – Northside coverage, photos

-Jonquil, with Darlings and Xylos, April 14th, 2012 – Jonquil photos, Darlings photos, Xylos photos

-Tom Vek, with Cookies, July 13th, 2011 – Tom Vek photos, Cookies photos

-Fergus and Geronimo, with Woven Bones, June 18th, 2011 (Northside) – Fergus and Geronimo photos, Woven Bones photos

-Rival Schools, April 23rd, 2010 – live review, photos

-Bowerbirds, December 5th, 2009 – live review, photos

-Los Campesinos!, with Girls, August 3rd, 2009 – Los Campesinos! photos, Girls photos

-Your Nature, July 25th, 2009 (outside patio) – photos

-Sharon Van Etten, June 11th, 2009 (Northside) – Northside coverage, Sharon Van Etten photos

-Au Revoir Simone, April 13th, 2009 – photos

-Mugison, with Trophy Scars and Bellman Barker, September 21st, 2008 – Mugison photos, Trophy Scars photos, Bellman Barker photos

-Emily Haines & James Shaw (of Metric), September 7th, 2008 – live review, photos

-The Jealous Girlfriends and Sam Champion, May 20th, 2008 – live review, The Jealous Girlfriends photos, Sam Champion photos

-Hey Willpower!, Men and omg MICHELLE!, March 6th, 2008 – Hey Willpower! photos, Men photos, omg MICHELLE! photos

Emily Haines & James Shaw (of Metric)

Union Pool

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Venue Reviews

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