Queen V’s Top 11 Haunts on the LES
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We first saw Queen V at CBGB’s in 2003 as part of the Medusa Festival. How fitting to premiere a video for “Right or Wrong” from her new album The Decade Of Queen V in anticipation of her upcoming gig October 10 at the CBGB Festival.
Per the release:
One can say Queen V is more man you can ever be and more woman than you can ever get. A global icon in the making, Queen V already holds court as the reigning rock matriarch of NYC. With a decade under her belt as the quintessential Lady of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Queen V has developed an obsessed fanbase that stretches far beyond the concrete jungle. Lemmy of Motorhead and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine are two of the long list of industry powerhouses who vie for Queen V’s lung-shattering vocals and ferocious hard rock guitar playing – so much that they’ve lent their talents to her music. Beauty incredible enough to be a Maxim girl but Balls big enough to open for Rock greats Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister and Billy Idol proving she has the uncompromising chops to bring arena crowds to their feet. Queen V is a legend in the making…
Queen V sent over a list of her top 11 haunts on and around the LES. Why 11? Doesn’t everything go to 11?
- CBGB – “This is more or less a no brainer! Going to CBGB’s was like a regular night on that old sitcom ‘Cheers.’ It’s where you went to hang with your friends, have a few drinks and listen to some music. Some of us were even on the stage, adding our little bit to rock n roll history. RIP CBGB’s.”
- Don Hill’s – “While not located in the LES, I’d be remiss to leave out Don’s when talking about fave downtown haunts! I cut my teeth on this stage and it eventually became THE clubhouse for us, especially when CBs closed. This is where the original Take Back New York events took place, not to mention so many great bands and other great events like Squeezebox, Bitch, etc… Sad to say once again, RIP Don Hill’s.”
- Sullivan Hall (Noho) – “I used to go to this club back in the day when it was the Lion’s Den, so I’m well acquainted with these walls! But it’s a special place also because it became the Manhattan home of TBNY after we moved the party from Don’s. We’ve had some great nights in Sullivan Hall, a cool club to have a show or event.”
- Blue Ribbon Sushi – “I found this spot about a year ago and it has amazing Japanese food and a fantastic atmosphere! My first night there was Shochu Day Celebration, essentially they were giving away Shochu drinks… Albeit nice, I think I’ll stick with Sake!”
- Bettie Page Store – “Ever since the ‘Right or Wrong’ Video shoot, I’ve discovered a great way to incorporate clothing from a bypassed era into my everyday wardrobe. I had no idea how much I love this style until I tried it myself and this store never disappoints!”
- Patricia Field – “This is always a great NYC establishment where you can find interesting clothes for daytime or showtime, and also cool stuff for your home. Love the staff too… they always have some sort of fun advice.”
- Trash and Vaudeville (Noho)- “I mean, Trash and Vaudeville is still a great place to catch up on some fun fashion and some ‘hidden gems.’”
- Continental (Noho) – “While it’s a bar now, we had some good shows at Continental when they booked bands. Lots of history there too!”
- The Back Room – “Not only is the Back Room (a true Speakeasy leftover from the NYC Prohibition era) an amazing little well known secret, I love going there with a few of my friends into the secret room… haha… literally in the Back Room of the Back Room establishment. To unwind and then reflect on the amazing history of the place just gets me every time!”
- Rockwood Music Hall – “One of my most fave things about this venue is that each room has such a different vibe and yet they’re all so intimate. The sound system is amazing and they always book great acts… it’s always a great place to take out of town friends.”
- Grit n’ Glory – “This is like a one stop shop! Head there for a great cup of coffee, some kick ass clothes and some knickknacks… not to mention I always love the soundtracks they have playing in there.”
Queen V will be part of the CBGB Festival at the Canal Room (285 W Broadway) on October 10. Doors open at 7.