About Postcrypt


The Postcrypt coffeehouse, established in 1964, features professional, amateur, and student performers every Friday and Saturday night throughout the academic year from 9:00pm to midnight. Admission is always free and open to all and our shows and regular open-stages bring in a diversity of music and artists. From blues, folk, jazz, rock, country, a capella, and performace arts such as poetry, comedy, and storytelling -Postcrypt has it all- with the strict rule that everything has to be acoustic. We believe in an accessible and friendly atmosphere for artists to share their craft, so, our artists (local as well as from around the country) perform for small audiences without microphones. Some of the more well-known artists who have graced our stage include: David Bromberg, Jeff Buckley, Shawn Colvin, Ani DiFranco, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Lisa Loeb, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, Tony Trischka, Suzanne Vega, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Dar Williams. The Postcrypt is completely student run and non-profit, and is the only free venue of its kind in the New York area. Our devoted volunteers listen to demos, book artists, manage the business, work in the bar, and interact with our guests who range from age 10 to age 80. Many of these guests come from Morningside Heights and have been with the Postcrypt for decades. Known nationally as a fantastic folk music site, the Postcrypt was recently listed in the Lonely Planet Guide to New York City. All-in-all, the Postcrypt is a key way for Columbia University to interact with neighborhood residents, for students to discover new (and old) music, and for aspiring musicians to come into their own.

At the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, we serve coffee (of course). Our beverages also include tea, regular and mulled cider, cold soda, and beer. For eats, have a home-made brownie, a Pop-Tart, or some fresh fruit (in season). The Postcrypt Coffeehouse is a non-smoking venue.

Oh yeah, and the popcorn's free.

Please note that due to fire code regulations, we are restricted to a total capacity of 35 people. Please come early if you want to snag a seat.

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