Saint Vitus (venue)

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Coordinates: 40°44′12″N 73°57′19″W / 40.736803°N 73.955201°W / 40.736803; -73.955201 Saint Vitus is a bar and music venue located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Opened in April 2011, the 2,500 square feet (230 m2) venue is known for its heavy metal atmosphere.[1][2] Some notable metal bands that have played there include Pentagram and Black Anvil.[3][4] In April 2014, the surviving members of Nirvana performed at Saint Vitus with Joan Jett and Kim Gordon.[5] Pitchfork writer Brandon Stosuy has also booked bands at the venue, such as Converge, Iceage, and Deafheaven.[6]


Saint Vitus opened in April 2011 by Arty Shepherd, Justin Scurti, and George Souleidis, along with silent owners.[7] The space was formerly a plumbing school and before that was a social club, and the owners hired Matthew Maddy (No. 7, Weather Up in Prospect Heights and Tribeca, The Box) to design the space, with the intention of only hosting occasional live shows.[8] In April 2016, Saint Vitus celebrated its 5-year anniversary with five nights of shows featuring headlining sets from Pallbearer, Corrosion of Conformity, Royal Thunder, and 13th Chime. [9] It has also played host to several regional qualifiers for US Air Guitar.

Saint Vitus hosts weekly metal yoga sessions run by Metal Yoga Bones.[10] In addition, visual artist Karlynn Holland periodically curates day-long art shows under the moniker Dreams Were Made For Mortals.[11]

In 2013, Shepherd and David Castillo, Saint Vitus's talent buyer, started up a record label called Sacrament Recordings and Merchandise to release an album by the band Sannhet.[12]

Notable events[edit]


  1. ^ "Saint Vitus - Greenpoint". New York Magazine. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ Del Signore, John. "Inside Saint Vitus, The Big New Place To Drink, Eat, Rock Out In Greenpoint". Gothamist. Archived from the original on March 3, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Black Anvil, Evoken, Teloch Vovin & more to perform at Saint Vitus". Next Mosh. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pentagram schedules rare NYC show at Saint Vitus (dates)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nirvana & Friends Fill It Up at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus Bar". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Show No Mercy - The Best Metal Bar In New York City". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Interview: Arty Shepherd of Saint Vitus Bar". Invisable Oranges. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Greenpoint Does Rock and Roll With New Bar Saint Vitus". Greenpoint News. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Greenpoint Heavy: Five Years of Metal Worship at Saint Vitus". Village Voice. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Heavy Metal Yoga Changed My Life". Greenpointers. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ "The Heavy Lowdown: Dreams Were Made for Mortals, A389 Bash, Gnaw & Malignancy, ++ more". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Brooklyn Metal Bar Saint Vitus Just Launched A New Record Label Because HELL YEAH!". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Tony Iommi signed copies of his new book "Iron Man" at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint (pics)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Lasers, Inquisition, And A Cameo By The Wanted: The 10 Most Metal Moments Of Saint Vitus's One-Year Anniversary Week". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Saint Vitus the Band Talk About Playing Saint Vitus the Venue". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Carcass – Saint Vitus 2013". unARTig. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Judge playing intimate Brooklyn show!". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Live Review: Orange Goblin, Holy Grail, Lazer/Wulf and Polygamyst in Brooklyn, 11.02.13". The Obelisk. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  19. ^ "'Nirvana' & guests played Saint Vitus after Barclays Center! (video, pics, setlist)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  20. ^ "THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN live at Saint Vitus Bar, Jul. 31st, 2014 - Metal Injection". Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Zola Jesus performed in the snow outside Saint Vitus (watch)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  22. ^ "John Lydon talked about his new memoir at Saint Vitus (pics), will do it again at The Strand on Thursday". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  23. ^ "THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN live at Saint Vitus Bar, Aug. 3rd, 2015 (FULL SET) - Metal Injection". Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  24. ^ "5 things we learned from Carrie Brownstein's conversation with Questlove". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  25. ^ "LITA FORD Discusses Her New Memoir At St. Vitus In Brooklyn, New York". Blabbermouth. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Video: MEGADETH Plays 'Secret' Show At Brooklyn's Saint Vitus Bar". December 13, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 

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