Opened in 1999, Pete's Candy Store continues as Williamsburg's original live music venue. Featuring acts such as Will Oldham, Beth Orton, Devendra Barnhart and Norah Jones, this small venue and neighborhood tavern developed an early reputation for special shows and rare treats.

The storefront at 709 Lorimer Street in Brooklyn has been in operation since the 1920's, when the grandfather of the current building owners ran a local general store, known affectionately by the nickname Funzi's. By the 1970's, Funzi handed over the reins to others, one of whom, Pete Caruso, named the spot Pete's Candy Store. By that time, the store had evolved into a sort of greasy spoon diner and neighborhood numbers joint. This same arrangement, later including some poker tables in the rear where the live music room now exists, continued well into the 1990's.

After the transition to music venue and bar, Pete's became a wider known neighborhood institution and an early "hipster hot spot". Beth Orton played the very first show at Pete's Candy Store. Some of the earliest musical residencies featured The Howard Fishman Quartet, Greg Garing and Matty Charles and the Valentines. Reverend Vince Anderson and his Love Choir were a Sunday fixture for several years.

While the list of noteworthy performers is quite lengthy, Pete's Candy Store has always been a free venue and has booked mostly unknown and unsigned bands, many of which have gone on to greater recognition.

Pete’s Candy Store continues its long tradition as a Brooklyn live music venue and local tavern with a far reaching reputation.


Beth Orton

Norah Jones

Sharon Van Etten

Will Oldham

Vampire Weekend

Alex Ounsworth

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Joanna Newsom

Devendra Banhart

Lake Street Dive

Aoife O'Donovan

Joan As Policewoman

Sondre Lerche

Rushad Eggleston

Pimps Of Joytime

Ural Thomas and the Pain

Akron Family

Richard Julian

Kimya Dawson

Jesse Harris

Loudon Wainwright III

Rufus Wainwright

Martha Wainwright

Lucy Wainwright Roche

Sumner Erickson

Gerard Smith (TV On The Radio)

Dirty Projectors


Sufjan Stevens


Marc Ribot


The Felice Brothers

Valerie June

Doug Gillard

Last Town Chorus

John Roderick

Kaiser Cartel

Matty Charles


Chad King

Death Vessel

Ola Podrida

Jay May

Phoebe Hunt

Jeffrey Lewis

The Reverend Vince Anderson

Langhorne Slim

Puss 'N Boots

Regina Spektor

Dawn Landes

Caufield Sisters

The Chapin Sisters


Herman Dune

Marissa Nadler

Cory Chisel

Jill Sobule

Chris Masterson

Sasha Dobson

Oh Land

Trixie Whitley

Eszter Balint

Greg Garing

Duncan Sheik

Garry Leonard

Spooky Ghost

Juliana Nash

The Howard Fishman Quartet

Krystel Warren


Sarah Jarosz

The Gregory Brothers

Andrew Gregory

Hope For Agoldensummer

BJ Snowden

Bruce Martin

Bandits On The Run

Damn Tall Buildings

Frances Cone

Josephine Foster