Located deep in Gowanus, Brooklyn, The Bell House is a bit of a trip for many of us, and it feels like it when you get there: a converted warehouse, the surrounding area has a very industrial feel. Never mind the distance, there are usually ample cabs lined up and waiting for a long fare back to the city after the show, and the venue is downright gorgeous. The Main Event Hall features giant arched wooden ceilings with hanging chandeliers, a stage decorated with an antique rug, and good views from everywhere. If the opening band sucks, hang out in the Frontier Room, a lounge area at the front of the venue often home to events such as trivia games, record-listening parties and 80’s nights. The bar features around a dozen beers on tap and a decent cocktail and bourbon menu. It also boasts a photobooth and pinball machine. Despite (or, more accurately, because of) its location, The Bell House has outstanding booking, and you’re often able to catch a bigger band in a smaller, more aesthetically vibrant setting than you would in Manhattan or even Williamsburg.