Postcrypt Coffeehouse, established in 1964, is an acoustic music venue located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City. Postcrypt features professional, amateur, and student performers every Friday and Saturday night throughout the academic year from 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Admission is always free and open to the public. Our intimate shows and open-stages bring in diverse music and artists. From blues, folk, jazz, R&B, rock, and country to poetry, comedy, and storytelling – Postcrypt has it all. We believe in providing a space for artists to share their craft that is both accessible and intimate. Our artists come from anywhere and everywhere: Morningside Heights, the greater NYC area, or even across the globe. Some well-known names that have graced our stage include: Jeff Buckley, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, David Bromberg, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Lisa Loeb, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, Tony Trischka, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Dar Williams.
Postcrypt is a completely student-run and not-for-profit venue. Our devoted managers and volunteers listen to demos, book artists, work at the bar, and interact with our guests, who range anywhere from ages 10 to 80. Many of our listeners are local to Morningside Heights, and have been coming to Postcrypt for decades. Known nationally and regarded as a one-of-a-kind music venue, Postcrypt was recently listed in the Lonely Planet Guide to New York City. All in all, Postcrypt Coffeehouse continues to serve as a vehicle for Columbia University to interact with the Morningside Heights community, for patrons to discover new and timeless music, and for aspiring musicians to come into their own.
Please note that due to fire code regulations, we are restricted in our seating capacity. Please come early if you want to snag a seat.
As of March 31st, 2022, Postcrypt is proud to announce that we are now reopening to the general audience, including all non-CUID-holders.