The Fine Print

BAMcafé Live Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a reservation for BAMcafé Live?
No. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the café reaches capacity, a line will form in the lobby and guests will be admitted as capacity allows.

What time do you open for BAMcafé Live?
The bar opens at 6pm. Happy hour occurs on select nights, from 6 to 8pm.

Is there a minimum age for BAMcafé Live?
No. All ages are welcome.

Is there a cover charge or do I need to purchase tickets?
No. BAMcafé Live is always free and no tickets are required.

Can I have my birthday at BAMcafé Live?
While we welcome birthdays [and large groups], we do not allow outside food, balloons and decor, or tablecloths.

How do I get my band to play at BAMcafé Live?
To submit your work to be considered for BAMcafé Live, electronic submissions are preferred (e.g., links to EPKs, websites, and social networking) and must include links to live video performances. Submissions and inquiries can be sent by email to Both café seasons, fall and winter/spring, are booked several months in advance. Artist submissions are reviewed twice a year, in May and June for the upcoming fall season and in September and October for the upcoming winter/spring season. Materials will not be reviewed outside the submission window. BAMcafé Live is a limited-run, curated series. Due to high demand and limited availability, the curator will respond only to those being seriously considered for inclusion in the series.

Can I bring outside food?
No. BAMcafé serves small plates and drinks. For menus, please click here.

What kind of food do you serve?
BAMcafé serves a variety of small plates and snacks. For menus, please click here.

What time does BAMcafé Live end?
It depends on the show, but BAMcafé Live generally ends between 10:45 and 11pm.

We have a large party, can we put tables together?
No. Due to fire safety laws, we cannot reconfigure the arrangement of the tables.

How early should I arrive?
It depends on the show, but to get a good seat, we recommend arriving between 8:30 and 9pm.