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21 NYC Bars and Restaurants With Live Music

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From Madison Square Garden to the Apollo, there’s no shortage of legendary musicians coming to play sold-out shows in New York City. But for a nice evening out without the hassle of wrangling exclusive tickets to major concert venues, the city is also dotted with more accessible nightlife options showcasing exceptional talent both local and far-flung. And many offer food and drinks that are memorable all on their own. Here are some standout bars and restaurants with live music in New York.

Note: This list is arranged geographically south through Manhattan and north through Brooklyn.

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1. Harlem Nights

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2361 7th Ave
New York, NY 10030
(646) 820-4603
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It often feels like neighborhood bars with live music excel at one or the other, but somehow, Harlem Nights nails both. The relaxed atmosphere allows for genuine, intimate connections with live bands that seem to be having as much fun as the patrons. The all-night menu of bar snacks, including the popular smoked wings, hits the spot — no matter the time.

Harlem Nights
Harlem Nights
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2. Ginny's Supper Club

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310 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10027
(212) 421-3821
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Marcus Samuelsson’s speakeasy, tucked below Red Rooster, frequently has live music on Thursdays through Sundays, including jazz, blues, and funk. Gospel Brunch is offered on weekends, with sounds by Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem Choir to accompany the topnotch Southern fare.

3. Silvana

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300 W 116th St
New York, NY 10026
(646) 692-4935
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Silvana in South Harlem is a testament to the truly unlikely things to be found in New York. It’s a Mediterranean restaurant and gift shop in one, serving superior casual eats like falafel and shawarma, while the downstairs room serves as both speakeasy and charmingly compact venue for world music.

4. Birdland

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315 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 581-3080
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Birdland in the Theater District, started in 1949, is a reprieve from its Midtown surroundings with a romantic, red-lit bar that books top-notch acts — including jazz icon Freddy Cole, Brazil-born Eliane Elias, and the virtuoso house band — and serves Cajun-influenced dishes worth seeking out. With a $10 food/drink minimum per person, food isn’t necessary, but the crab cake with cherry tomatoes and remoulade or jambalaya loaded with crawfish, chicken, sausage, and bacon are both worth ordering. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

Birdland
Birdland
Birdland

5. Fine & Rare

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9 E 37th St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 725-3866
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Living up to its boastful name, the relatively new Fine & Rare — from the owners of Flatiron Room — feels like a portal back to a different time when New York City was teeming with small, glamorous jazz bars. Tucked away on the border of Flatiron and Midtown, the intimate setting nods to Old New York with impeccable Art Deco and midcentury design. The extensive booze list is reason enough to go, but the hushed acoustics and bands keep customers lingering.

Fine & Rare
Fine & Rare
Fine & Rare

6. The Flatiron Room

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37 W 26th St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 725-3860
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The Flatiron Room is a haven for those in Flatiron looking for a great cocktail in a sophisticated bar, sans all the attitude. Booze aficionados will love the whiskey-centric bottle list, which includes the option to buy a favorite and keep it behind the bar, while small bites and a rotating schedule of live music make it worth hanging out in all night.

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7. Village Vanguard

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178 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-4037
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Still in its original location since 1935, Village Vanguard lures in locals and tourists alike looking to catch some of the biggest acts in jazz. The small club has hosted legends including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie. Admission starts at $30 per set, and there’s a one-drink minimum. Reservations recommended.

Village Vanguard
Village Vanguard
Village Vanguard

8. Fat Cat

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75 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-6056
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A West Village institution, Fat Cat invites all kinds in its roomy, anything-goes space, from older jazz aficionados to partying NYU students. They come to enjoy the unlikely combination of a respectable roster of bands alongside bar games including pool, ping pong, and shuffleboard.

9. Blue Note

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131 W 3rd St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-8592
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A staple of the Village jazz scene, Blue Note hosts some of the top contemporary names in the genre, including Grammy winners Keyon Harrold. Room is tight, to the point that things can get uncomfortable, and the food is subpar — but the music is almost always transcendent. There’s a $5 food/drink minimum per person. Tickets recommended.

Blue Note
Blue Note
Blue Note

10. Little Branch

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22 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014
(212) 929-4360
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Speakeasy-style cocktail bars may have already had their heyday in NYC, but Little Branch is still a destination for those in the know. Smart, helpful bartenders in requisite suspenders mix classic drinks in a warm, candlelit basement, while a piano serves as venue space for unexpectedly delightful bands.

Little Branch
Little Branch
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11. Mona's

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224 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009
(212) 353-3780
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Mona’s is the answer to New Yorkers wondering where they can still find a bit of the old East Village. Divey to the point of being bunker-like, it nevertheless keeps the crowd smiling with cheap beer, pleasant bartenders, and a rotating schedule of live music that includes a raucous Tuesday jazz night.

12. Special Club

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43 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10011

This sultry, throwback jazz club is the latest hit nightlife venture from Ariel Arce, the restaurateur behind Air’s Champagne Parlor, Tokyo Record Bar, and Niche Niche. Special Club nods to old-school social clubs like the Stork and hosts two seatings nightly, at 8 and 10 p.m., with a $20 cover and a small plates menu to complement the champagne, sake, and cocktails on offer.

13. Nublu 151

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151 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009

Nublu might be the most well-kept secret in the East Village. The formerly tiny bar in Alphabet City has expanded into a larger space known as Nublu 151, with plans to renovate its original home. The new space still hosts an eclectic mix of particularly Latin Jazz, and the vibe is always inviting and casual, with conga lines breaking out at any possible moment.

Nublu
Nublu
Nublu

14. Skinny Dennis

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152 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(212) 555-1212
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Even while Williamsburg rapidly evolves, Skinny Dennis always seems to stay the same, which is how the regulars like it. A holdover from the neighborhood’s punkier days, the unassuming honky tonk bar offers stiff drinks at the right price and is an energetic scene for country acts.

Skinny Dennis
Skinny Dennis
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15. Bar Belly

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14 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 464-8031
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The Leadbelly in Lower East Side became Bar Belly in 2016, but the long, narrow bar from the Fat Radish team is still shucking affordable fresh oysters ($1 each during happy hour) alongside delicious cocktails. Jazz bands sometimes pop up in the back.

Bar Belly
Bar Belly
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16. Apotheke

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9 Doyers St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 406-0400
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One of the city’s best speakeasies, tucked on Chinatown’s cinematic and winding Doyers Street, is also a great live music option. The roster includes combos like a jazz and burlesque pairing on Wednesdays. The cocktails are well made, too, if heavy on the gimmicks. Each drink is a “prescription,” and waitstaff are dressed in lab coats.

17. St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club

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345 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-4808
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Williamsburg residents looking for a break from the packed crowds at absinthe-and-oyster bar Maison Premiere can do well at St. Mazie, with its speakeasy-style aesthetic, ambitious cocktails, and raw bar. The rest of the food menu is just as worthwhile, and the diverse mix of Americana-leaning local musicians makes the spot a local’s dream.

18. Baby's All Right

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146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-5800
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This South Williamsburg spot features live music by on the rise, mostly indie names multiple times a week, along with DJ sets. Don’t miss the tasty $10 frozen cocktails, like the Pink Baby, with vodka, mate, and grapefruit. A full menu of Korean-focused dishes is available too, including bibimbap and kimchi fried rice.

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19. Bar Velo

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394 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-6895
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Beloved Cafe Moto right under the JMZ train in Williamsburg became Bar Velo in 2016, and the transition has been surprisingly seamless. Velo has a similar knack for old-school aesthetics in the quaint, tight space, while the turn toward hearty vegetarian and vegan dishes succeeds in pleasing all palates. The commitment to showcasing local musicians in a range of styles has luckily remained.

Bar Velo
Bar Velo
Bar Velo

20. Clover Club

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210 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-7939
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A sterling cocktail bar from mixology maven Julie Reiner with great American food that is somehow also a cozy neighborhood hangout, Clover Club already has a lot going for it. But there’s no better time to show up than Wednesday nights, when Michael Arenella and his band put on a regular live jazz performance that makes this Brooklyn space feel temporarily magical.

The main bar at Clover Club sits fallow before evening service, with lights hanging above
Clover Club
Clover Club

21. LunÀtico

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486 Halsey St
Brooklyn, NY 11233
(718) 513-0339
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Nearly every night of the week, there’s live music happening at Bed-Stuy’s LunAtico. The popular, welcoming neighborhood restaurant and bar is owned by a trio of touring musicians and hosts a particularly eclectic range of music genres.

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1. Harlem Nights

2361 7th Ave, New York, NY 10030
Harlem Nights
Harlem Nights
Alonzo D./Yelp

It often feels like neighborhood bars with live music excel at one or the other, but somehow, Harlem Nights nails both. The relaxed atmosphere allows for genuine, intimate connections with live bands that seem to be having as much fun as the patrons. The all-night menu of bar snacks, including the popular smoked wings, hits the spot — no matter the time.

2361 7th Ave
New York, NY 10030

2. Ginny's Supper Club

310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

Marcus Samuelsson’s speakeasy, tucked below Red Rooster, frequently has live music on Thursdays through Sundays, including jazz, blues, and funk. Gospel Brunch is offered on weekends, with sounds by Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem Choir to accompany the topnotch Southern fare.

310 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10027

3. Silvana

300 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

Silvana in South Harlem is a testament to the truly unlikely things to be found in New York. It’s a Mediterranean restaurant and gift shop in one, serving superior casual eats like falafel and shawarma, while the downstairs room serves as both speakeasy and charmingly compact venue for world music.

300 W 116th St
New York, NY 10026

4. Birdland

315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Birdland
Birdland
Birdland

Birdland in the Theater District, started in 1949, is a reprieve from its Midtown surroundings with a romantic, red-lit bar that books top-notch acts — including jazz icon Freddy Cole, Brazil-born Eliane Elias, and the virtuoso house band — and serves Cajun-influenced dishes worth seeking out. With a $10 food/drink minimum per person, food isn’t necessary, but the crab cake with cherry tomatoes and remoulade or jambalaya loaded with crawfish, chicken, sausage, and bacon are both worth ordering. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

315 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

5. Fine & Rare

9 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016
Fine & Rare
Fine & Rare
Fine & Rare

Living up to its boastful name, the relatively new Fine & Rare — from the owners of Flatiron Room — feels like a portal back to a different time when New York City was teeming with small, glamorous jazz bars. Tucked away on the border of Flatiron and Midtown, the intimate setting nods to Old New York with impeccable Art Deco and midcentury design. The extensive booze list is reason enough to go, but the hushed acoustics and bands keep customers lingering.

9 E 37th St
New York, NY 10016

6. The Flatiron Room

37 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010
The Flatiron Room The Flatiron Room [Official]

The Flatiron Room is a haven for those in Flatiron looking for a great cocktail in a sophisticated bar, sans all the attitude. Booze aficionados will love the whiskey-centric bottle list, which includes the option to buy a favorite and keep it behind the bar, while small bites and a rotating schedule of live music make it worth hanging out in all night.

37 W 26th St
New York, NY 10010

7. Village Vanguard

178 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
Village Vanguard
Village Vanguard
Village Vanguard

Still in its original location since 1935, Village Vanguard lures in locals and tourists alike looking to catch some of the biggest acts in jazz. The small club has hosted legends including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie. Admission starts at $30 per set, and there’s a one-drink minimum. Reservations recommended.

178 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014

8. Fat Cat

75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

A West Village institution, Fat Cat invites all kinds in its roomy, anything-goes space, from older jazz aficionados to partying NYU students. They come to enjoy the unlikely combination of a respectable roster of bands alongside bar games including pool, ping pong, and shuffleboard.

75 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

9. Blue Note

131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012
Blue Note
Blue Note
Blue Note

A staple of the Village jazz scene, Blue Note hosts some of the top contemporary names in the genre, including Grammy winners Keyon Harrold. Room is tight, to the point that things can get uncomfortable, and the food is subpar — but the music is almost always transcendent. There’s a $5 food/drink minimum per person. Tickets recommended.

131 W 3rd St
New York, NY 10012

10. Little Branch

22 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
Little Branch
Little Branch
Lori L./Yelp

Speakeasy-style cocktail bars may have already had their heyday in NYC, but Little Branch is still a destination for those in the know. Smart, helpful bartenders in requisite suspenders mix classic drinks in a warm, candlelit basement, while a piano serves as venue space for unexpectedly delightful bands.

22 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014

11. Mona's

224 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

Mona’s is the answer to New Yorkers wondering where they can still find a bit of the old East Village. Divey to the point of being bunker-like, it nevertheless keeps the crowd smiling with cheap beer, pleasant bartenders, and a rotating schedule of live music that includes a raucous Tuesday jazz night.

224 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009

12. Special Club

43 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10011

This sultry, throwback jazz club is the latest hit nightlife venture from Ariel Arce, the restaurateur behind Air’s Champagne Parlor, Tokyo Record Bar, and Niche Niche. Special Club nods to old-school social clubs like the Stork and hosts two seatings nightly, at 8 and 10 p.m., with a $20 cover and a small plates menu to complement the champagne, sake, and cocktails on offer.

43 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10011

13. Nublu 151

151 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
Nublu
Nublu
Nublu

Nublu might be the most well-kept secret in the East Village. The formerly tiny bar in Alphabet City has expanded into a larger space known as Nublu 151, with plans to renovate its original home. The new space still hosts an eclectic mix of particularly Latin Jazz, and the vibe is always inviting and casual, with conga lines breaking out at any possible moment.

151 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009

14. Skinny Dennis

152 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Skinny Dennis
Skinny Dennis
Photo: Ian Stroud

Even while Williamsburg rapidly evolves, Skinny Dennis always seems to stay the same, which is how the regulars like it. A holdover from the neighborhood’s punkier days, the unassuming honky tonk bar offers stiff drinks at the right price and is an energetic scene for country acts.

152 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

15. Bar Belly

14 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Bar Belly
Bar Belly
Lindsey S./Yelp

The Leadbelly in Lower East Side became Bar Belly in 2016, but the long, narrow bar from the Fat Radish team is still shucking affordable fresh oysters ($1 each during happy hour) alongside delicious cocktails. Jazz bands sometimes pop up in the back.

14 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

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16. Apotheke

9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

One of the city’s best speakeasies, tucked on Chinatown’s cinematic and winding Doyers Street, is also a great live music option. The roster includes combos like a jazz and burlesque pairing on Wednesdays. The cocktails are well made, too, if heavy on the gimmicks. Each drink is a “prescription,” and waitstaff are dressed in lab coats.

9 Doyers St
New York, NY 10013

17. St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club

345 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg residents looking for a break from the packed crowds at absinthe-and-oyster bar Maison Premiere can do well at St. Mazie, with its speakeasy-style aesthetic, ambitious cocktails, and raw bar. The rest of the food menu is just as worthwhile, and the diverse mix of Americana-leaning local musicians makes the spot a local’s dream.

345 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

18. Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Baby’s All Right Baby’s All Right [Official]

This South Williamsburg spot features live music by on the rise, mostly indie names multiple times a week, along with DJ sets. Don’t miss the tasty $10 frozen cocktails, like the Pink Baby, with vodka, mate, and grapefruit. A full menu of Korean-focused dishes is available too, including bibimbap and kimchi fried rice.

146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

19. Bar Velo

394 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Bar Velo
Bar Velo
Bar Velo

Beloved Cafe Moto right under the JMZ train in Williamsburg became Bar Velo in 2016, and the transition has been surprisingly seamless. Velo has a similar knack for old-school aesthetics in the quaint, tight space, while the turn toward hearty vegetarian and vegan dishes succeeds in pleasing all palates. The commitment to showcasing local musicians in a range of styles has luckily remained.

394 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

20. Clover Club

210 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The main bar at Clover Club sits fallow before evening service, with lights hanging above
Clover Club
Clover Club

A sterling cocktail bar from mixology maven Julie Reiner with great American food that is somehow also a cozy neighborhood hangout, Clover Club already has a lot going for it. But there’s no better time to show up than Wednesday nights, when Michael Arenella and his band put on a regular live jazz performance that makes this Brooklyn space feel temporarily magical.

210 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

21. LunÀtico

486 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Nearly every night of the week, there’s live music happening at Bed-Stuy’s LunAtico. The popular, welcoming neighborhood restaurant and bar is owned by a trio of touring musicians and hosts a particularly eclectic range of music genres.

486 Halsey St
Brooklyn, NY 11233

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