Tea Lounge

3.0 out of 5 stars
based on 2 Reviews
254 Court St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 624-5683


avant-garde, jazz

Paid via…

  • Lump sum?: No (1 vote)  
  • Cover?: No (2 votes)  
  • Donations?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • No pay at all?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Free food?: No (2 votes)  
  • Free drinks?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Paid to play?: No (1 vote)  

Business practices

  • Non-profit?: No (2 votes)  
  • Musician-run?: No (2 votes)  
  • Rental fee?: No (2 votes)  
  • Books local acts?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Books out-of-town acts?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Promotes the acts it hires?: No (1 vote)  


  • Piano?: No (1 vote)  
  • Piano in tune?: No (1 vote)  
  • Drumset?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Keyboard amp?: No (1 vote)  
  • Guitar amp?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Bass amp?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Direct box?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • PA system?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Sound person?: Yes (1 vote)  

The room

  • Stage?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Backstage/Green Room?: No (2 votes)  
  • Space for dancing?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Primarily background music?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Serves Food?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Liquor License?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Capacity: 50-300 (2 votes)  

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Reviews from musicians



21 Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars   


You won't make any money playing here, but it's a great place, run by cool people. This is a great place to try new stuff out.



18 Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars   


Tea Lounge is a fun and fashionable place to play. It's a large room, with a full bar, some food, and obviously tea and coffee. They program good music, ranging from straight-ahead jazz to more adventurous jazz and improvised music.

To my knowledge (I was paid out of leader's pocket when I played here), they don't pay the band anything, just help solicit donations. Which depending on the night, seems unfair.

The other negative to this venue is that some nights, there's a substantial proportion of people in the club there with their computers, not really listening but working or otherwise occupied with their screens. It can be a weird vibe, performing there with half the audience not paying attention, or even talking, but staring at different screens.