|BAM Cafe, 30 Lafayette
Ave. at Ashland Pl., Brooklyn (718) 636-4139
Directly above the main lobby of the Brooklyn Academy of Music,
the cafe hosts a weekly performance series with everything from
Jazz to Spoken Word to Afro-pop, Latin, Rock, R&B, Blues, and
Experimental music. Thursdays and Fridays are live music, Saturdays
are dance parties. Hours: Wed-Sun (and all performance nights) concessions
and dinner 4:30 - 11pm; Sunday brunch 12 - 5pm. There is no cover
for shows but there is a $10 food/drink minimum. The cafe also hosts
a Gospel Brunch on select Sundays from 2-4pm ($20, less for kids).
B. B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd
St. (btw. 7th & 8th Aves.) (212) 997-4144 (see events)
The famous blues club at Times Square has performers every night
at 8pm and 10:30pm and a Gospel Brunch every Sunday at 1pm and
3pm. The restaurant is open every day from 11am - midnight. Covers
charges vary. Call for reservations or reserve online.
The Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway at 74th St.
(212) 496-7070 (see events)
Usually all ages
The Beacon hosts some of the best medium-sized performances of
both music and theater. Many people prefer it to some of the larger
venues because of its smaller, cozier atmosphere. Box office is
open 11am - 7pm, M - F and noon - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday when
there is a show.
Blarney Star, 43 Murray St. (btw. Church &
W. Broadway) (212) 732-2873 (see events)
"Weekly Friday night concerts of Irish traditional music
in New York City. Performers include the best local and visiting
instrumentalists and singers." Shows at 9pm & 10:30pm.
$10 cover. Dining available.
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., btwn Bowery
& Crystie St. (212) 533-2111 (see events)
Age limit varies (16 - 21) depending on the show.
Outfitted in classy Art Deco style, this three-level former shoe
store has a downstairs lounge and a 500-capacity concert hall.
A cool mid-sized venue for Electronica, Alternative and Indie-rock.
Downstairs opens at 7pm, upstairs opens at 8pm with shows starting
at 9:30 or 10pm. Tickets from $12 - $30. The Box Office at the
Mercury Lounge is open from 12 - 7pm, Mon.-Sat. (212-260-4700).
Brooklyn Moon Cafe, 745 Fulton St., Fort Greene,
Brooklyn (718) 243-0424
Cafe bistro hosting live Jazz and R&B. Tues-Sun 10am - 10pm,
Fri 10pm - 2am. Open mic on Fridays at 10:30pm for a $5 cover.
Cafe Wha?, 115 MacDougal St. (btw. W. 3rd &
Bleeker Sts.) (212) 254-3706
Monday: Brazillian Night, $10 cover. Tuesday: Funk night, $7.
Wednesday - Sunday: the Wha? Band plays a mixture of Rock, R&B,
Funk, and Reggae, $5 on Thurs, $10 Fri and Sat. Hours: 8:30pm
- 2:30am (weekdays) or 4am (Fri & Sat). They also serve dinner
Caffe Greco, 79-08 37th Ave., Jackson Hieghts,
Queens. (718) 396-4243
This cafe has "Tuneful Tuesdays" every week from 7pm
- 9:30pm with folk and other performers. No cover. There's also
an open mic poetry and performance night every first Monday of
Caravan of Dreams Cafe, 405 E. 6th St. at 1st
Ave. (212) 254-1613
Restaurant with live music of various kinds playing in the evening
from 8pm - 10ish. No cover.
CBGB, 313 Bowery at Bleecker St. (212) 982-4052
Age 16 and up.
Since 1976, this club has been serving the best in Punk and alternative
rock. Blondie and the Talking Heads got their starts here. CB's
(as it's affectionately called) now hosts many different kinds
of music, but it's still true to its punk roots. Shows nightly
at 8pm. Cover: $5-$10.
Downtime, 251 W. 30th St., btwn 7th & 8th
Aves. (212) 695-2747
Age 18 and up (with two forms of ID).
This three-level night club boasts live music on the Main floor,
plus a DJ dance hall and a Game Room. Live shows include Jazz,
Blues, Rock and Pop music. Open Wed - Sat from 5pm - 4am, and
other days for special events. The cover charge is usually $5
after 7:30pm, $10 on Fridays, and $10 - $15 on Saturdays.
Engine 27, 173 Franklin St. (btw. Greenwich
& Hudson Sts.) (212) 431-7466
This brand new "Sound Gallery" and performance space
was built with state-of-the-art technology so that performers
can customize their acoustic space. They have installations which
are open to the public Tues - Fri from noon to 5pm, and experimental
electronic concerts on select nights at 8pm. $10 suggested donation.
Exit, 610 W. 56th St., btwn 11th & 12th
Aves. (212) 582-8282
Age 18 and up, Fridays from 10pm - 6am.
Dance the morning away to Hip Hop, Techno, R&B and House music
at this 4 level nightclub. You can also chill out in one of their
lounge areas if you're too tired to close down the dance floor
at 9am. $25 cover.
Fez, 380 Lafayette at Great Jones St. (212)
Underneath NoHo's Time Cafe, this multi-media performance space
hosts established as well as emerging artists. Regular features
include Mingus Big Band every Thursday night, and a drag cabaret
every Sunday night. Cover is generally $10 - $15 plus a two drink
El Flamingo, 547 W. 21st St., btwn 10th &
11th Aves. (212) 243-2121
Age 18 and up for 8pm shows
Home of the off-broadway hit, The Donkey Show, showing Wed - Sat
at 8pm and Fri & Sat at 10:30pm with a Disco dance party afterward.
See nytheater.com for more info.
Gradisca, 126 W. 13th St., btwn 6th & 7th
Aves. (212) 691-4886
Restaurant/bar with nightly DJs playing Funk, Hip Hop and Italian
Pop. Not a dance club, but people sometimes do get up and shake
their booties. Open 6pm - 1am every night. No cover.
Halcyon, 227 Smith St., btwn Butler & Douglass
Sts.; Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718) 260-9299
Started by three DJs looking for a record store with a homey atmosphere,
Halcyon offers a wide selection of vinyl and CDs for sale, plus
comfy couches, cafe fair (coffee, beer, wine, sandwiches and goodies),
and antiques. DJs play every night, and on Saturday they have
a "Record Party" with open turntables for the aspiring
and experienced DJs to get their grove on. Open Sun - Thur from
10am - 12am, Fri & Sat from 10am - 2am. No cover.
Hard Rock Cafe, 221 W. 57th St. (btw. Broadway
& 7th Ave.) (212) 489-6565 (see events)
Every Friday and Saturday night at 9pm they have live bands playing
Punk, Rock, R&B, Pop and more. $5 cover. Cafe hours: 11:30am
- midnight, every day.
Helena's, 432 Lafayette St., btwn 4th St. &
Astor Pl. (212) 677-5151
Tapas bar where nightly DJs play Salsa, Merengue, Techno, Latin
Rock, Cuban and more. Check out their Spanish Garden in the summer
time. Always free. Open every night from 5pm - 1am (4am on Sat).
Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place at 15th St. (212)
777-6800 (see events)
This 1000 capacity concert hall hosts all kinds of musical acts
including live big band swing every Sunday. The box office is
open M-F from 12 - 6:30pm and Sat from 1 - 4pm. There is a bar
on the premesis but you must obtain a wristband to drink. Check
their hotline (212-777-1224) for concert info.
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St. (btw. 10th &
11th Aves.) (212) 255-5793
"The Kitchen is an interdisciplinary laboratory for visionary
emerging and established artists." Come see performances
and gallery installations of music, dance, video, digital media
and internet culture. The gallery is free and open Tues - Sat
from 2pm - 6pm, and on performance days one hour before show time
and during intermission.
Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., btwn Broadway
& Church St. (212) 219-3055 (see events)
Wide ranging musical tastes continue to drive the beat at the
Knitting Factory. Cutting Edge music combined with great acoustic
performances make this place a favorite. There are three performance
spaces: the Knitting Factory, the KnitActive Sound Stage, and
the Old Office. Cover: $8 and up.
La Belle Epoque, 827 Broadway (btw. 12th &
13th Sts.) (212) 254-6436
Fine french dining and live zydeco music make a great date. Wed
- Sun from 6pm - 11ish, plus a jazz brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Limelight, 660 Sixth Ave. @ 20th Street. (212)
Age 18 and up
The famous converted church club has finally reopened! The balconies
are great for people watching and the stained glass windows add
a uniquely surreal touch. 5 rooms playing different kinds of music.
Cover: $25. Hours: Wed - Sun 10pm-4am.
Lion's Den, 214 Sullivan St. (btw. Bleeker &
W. 3rd St.) (212) 477-2782 (see events)
Age 18 and up
Live music every night starting at 8pm. Cover charge is around
The Living Room, 84 Stanton St. at Allen St.
(212) 533-7235 (see events)
Acoustic cafe. No cover ($5 suggested donation), 1 drink minimum.
They have a light menu. Hours: Mon - Fri from 6pm - 1am, Sat &
Sun from noon - 3am.
Makor, 35 W. 67th St. at Columbus Ave. (212)
601-1000 (see events)
Usually all ages
Makor is a Jewish Cultural Center with a live music cafe where
all different kinds of bands come and play (check their online
calendar). Some shows are free, some not.
O'Neill's Irish Bar, 729 3rd Ave. (btw. 45th
& 46th Sts.) (212) 661-3530
This traditional Irish Pub serves up Traditional Irish music every
Saturday from 9pm - 1am, and Sunday from 6pm - 9pm. No cover.
For good food and beer without the music, come any other time
they're open: M - F from 10am - 4am, Sat from 11am - 4am, Sun
from noon - 1am.
People's Voice Cafe, The Workman's Circle, 45
E. 33rd St. (btw. Park & Madison Aves.) (212) 787-3903
Alternative coffee house featuring live folk music ala Woody Guthrie,
Malvina Reynolds and Pete Seeger every Saturday at 8pm from late
September through late May. They also sell homebaked goodies,
coffee, tea, and juice and have a table set up for political literature,
petitions and events. $10 cover, $7 for Workamn's Circle or People's
Voice members, and $5 for seniors and people on strike. Volunteers
get in for free (call 718-639-5969 to volunteer). Wheelchair accessible.
Postcrypt Coffeehouse, Basement of St. Paul's
Chapel at Columbia U., 116th & Broadway (212) 854-1953
This University coffeehouse has been hosting amateur and professional
acoustic musicians and storytellers since 1964. Shows are Friday
and Saturday from 9pm - 12:30am during the school year. Admission
is free and all are welcome. They sell an assortment of beverages
and homemade treats.
The Rodeo Bar, 375 Third Avenue at 27th St.
(212) 683-6500 (see events)
Live Country, Bluegrass, and Southern Rock music and food 7 nights
a week. Shows start at 10pm and there's no cover or age restriction
(your ID will be checked at the bar). Hours: Mon - Sat from 11:30am
- 4am, Sunday until 2am.
Roseland, 239 W. 52nd St. bet. Eighth Ave. and
Broadway. (212) 247-0200 (see events)
Usually all ages
Recently renovated concert club hosting mostly college style alternative
rock, including They Might Be Giants and other major label artists.
Big enough for those bands who can't fill the Garden, but who
are too big for a club. Cover: $15-20. For concert info call the
Irving Plaza box office at 212-777-6800 or Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171.
Roulette, 228 W. Broadway at White St. (212)
This loft performance space is dedicated to providing performance
opportunities for innovative, experimental music in all genres.
Call or check the web site for events this season. Shows start
at 8:30, admission is $10. No food or beverages are served.
Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Ave. A at 6th St. (212) 473-7373
The home and headquarters of Anti-folk, which started out in the
80's as punk influenced acoustic music, and has since become much
much more. Check the website for a more in depth description.
The cafe has a full bar open noon - 4am, a 24 hour restaurant
and lounge with a pool table. Shows are every night at 7:30. Every
Monday they host an open mic Anti-Hootenany. No cover, 2 drink
S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil), 204 Varick St.
at Houston St. (212) 243-4940
Age 18 and up for Hip Hop shows, all others are 21 and over.
Authentic Brazilian dance spot and more. Shows include all kinds
of live Latin music, plus Hip Hop, Reggae, and African. Doors
usually open at 6:30pm and tickets vary between $0 - $20. Every
weekend is like Carnival in Rio.
Sound Factory, 618 W. 46th St, btwn 11th and
12th Aves. (212) 489-0001
Age 18 and up on Fridays
This afterhours club is exquisite. $25-$30 cover. Friday is 18
and older, Saturday is 21 and older, and both nights they play
Progressive House from 11pm into the wee hours.
Sun Music Company, 340 E. 71st St. (btw 1st
& 2nd Aves.) (212) 396-9521
Home to acoustic singer/songwriters of all persuasions. Come hear
4 hours of original acoustic music for only $3 at the Tuesday
night open mic starting at 7:30pm (sign-ups at 7pm). On other
nights shows run 8pm - 11:30ish with a cover of around $10. The
venue is a 75 person capacity non-smoking house serving light
Tir na Nog, 5 Penn Plaza (btw. 33rd & 34th
Sts.) (212) 630-0249 (see events)
Irish pub with a bar made out of an old organ and live Celtic
Rock, Blues, and Traditional Irish music every Friday and Saturday
night at 10pm. No cover. Serving lunch, dinner, and brunch on
the weekend. Open 10am - 4am every day.
Tonic, 107 Norfolk St. (btw. Delancey &
Rivington Sts.) (212) 358-7503 (see events)
Age 16 and up
This musician curated club hosts avante guarde experimental Jazz,
Rock, and Electronic music Tuesday through Sunday. Box office
is open 8pm - 11pm every day. Show times vary and tickets cost
from $0 - $25. They have a bar and DJ shows Thursday through Saturday
in the downstairs Subtonic Lounge.
The Tunnel, 220 12th Ave., @ 27th St. (212)
Age 18 and up, Fri & Sat from 10pm - 8am
Five DJs in 7 rooms. Guest list closes at 12:30am. Friday is the
"Evolution" glamour show. Saturday is the D-Tour show
with Tribal/Progressive beats. Cover is $15 - $20. Dress code
is fashionable, trendy or evening wear.
Twilo, 530 W. 27th St., btwn 10th & 11th
Sts. (212) 268-1600
Age 18 and up, Fridays
Places to lounge if you don't wanna dance. Open Fri-Sat 11pm on,
often going afterhours on Saturdays. They also host special events
(call or check the website) on other days. Cover is usually $25.
Two Boots Park Slope, 514 2nd St (btw. 7th &
8th Aves.), Park Slope, Brooklyn (718) 499-3253
Every Friday and Saturday at 10pm this pizza joint hosts live
R&B, Hawaiian Swing, Jazz, and Rockabilly. No cover. The kitchen
is open from 5pm - 12am.