Ned Sedlak's Favorite NYC Venues to discover a new band

1. Mercury Lounge
"The Bowery Presents venue for developing bands, a rite of passage for artists aspiring for bigger Bowery venues."

2. Baby's Alright
"The combination of the restaurant/bar with separate stage room make this one a great place to hang with friends and catch a set."

3. Rough Trade
"Like a mini Music Hall of Williamsburg or Bowery Ballroom, the balcony here makes it feel big. Walking into the venue through the retail store reinforces the all-about-the-music vibes."

4. Rockwood
"Best venue for aspiring singer/songwriters, Americana bands, and much more. Be ready for drink minimums if you want a table."

5. Pianos
"Best frozen margaritas in the city."