ON THE SCENE: Music & Restaurant Venue in Brooklyn - RIDER

All photos are borrowed from  Rider's website.

All photos are borrowed from Rider's website.

What is Rider?

An American Bistro and Bar in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Why is it unique/what stands out about it? 

Our menu is comprised of smaller dishes intended to be shared. It is separated into 4 sections vegetarian/pescatarian/omnivore/carnivore (not literally, just spaced as such). Our name 'Rider' is in reference to a 'hospitality rider' which a band or artist will submit for their dressing room when playing a concert. As our restaurant is interconnected to National Sawdust – a new non profit music venue and event space - we felt the name was appropriate. In that spirit, our space and menu is multifaceted and diverse enough to cater to a neighborhood such as Williamsburg.

What was the last event you hosted?

It was a press event for a new heirloom cacao bean coming onto the market.

What are the types of events that you host at your venue?

At Rider, we do everything from press events for major brands, movie shoot wrap parties, bachelorette dinners, etc. In the National Sawdust venue, we've done corporate seminars for tech companies like Spotify, staff party for Kickstarter, fundraising dinners, and sports viewing parties.

How many people can your venue fit?

Rider: 65 seated between two floors (31 down, 34 up), 85 standing.National Sawdust: 170 seated, 350 standing

What is the fee for your venue?

Rider: $8,000-15,000 for a full evening buyout. $4,000-$7,500 for the second floor alone. National Sawdust: Please call ahead.

Why EventMates loves it:

National Sawdust is set up for any and every tech need - state of the art audio and video capability including an 18" projection screen and a pristine acoustic room with near perfect sound quality. Along with the level of food and beverage service from Rider, there is no event space quite like it anywhere in NY, especially when you have a music element to your event!  

Rider & National Sawdust
80 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Capacity: 65-350 (depending on seating/standing and use of space)