Live Music in New York City

Old-time jazz musicians didn't call New York City "The Big Apple" (as in the big time, the best audiences, the most money and exposure) for nothing. The city is a fantastic place to search out live shows by established artists, up-and-coming stars or the yet-to-be-discovered. Here are some of the best bets, from big concert halls to small intimate venues.

Blue Water Grill

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31 Union Square West
(at 16th Street)

Classy seafood... read more

Supper Club (The)

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240 West 47th Street
(Between Seventh and Eighth avenues)

Retro romance... read more

Kenny's Castaways

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157 Bleecker Street

The guitar getaway... read more

Mercury Lounge

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217 East Houston Street
At Essex St./Ave. A

Live rock music... read more

Bowery Ballroom

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6 Delancey Street
At Bowery

Live shows... read more

The Knitting Factory

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361 Metropolitan Avenue
Btwn Broadway & Church St

Nightly jam session... read more


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62 Avenue C
Between 4th & 5th Street

Lively music & people... read more


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107 Norfolk Street

Experimental music scene... read more

Parkside Lounge

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317 East Houston Street
Between Avenues B & C

Music and Parties... read more


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246 West 14th Street
(between Seventh and Eighth avenues)

Jazzy nightclub... read more

Cotton Club

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665 West 125th Street
(at Westside Highway)

Dine, dance and delight... read more

Bar Nine

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807 Ninth Avenue
(between 53rd and 54th streets)

Intimate and unpretentious... read more

Spotlight Live

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1604 Broadway

Serious Karaoke This One... read more

Cafe Wha?

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115 MacDougal Street
Between Bleecker and West 3rd Street

Subterranean tune room... read more

Canal Room

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285 West Broadway at Canal Street

Tops in music... read more


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239 West 52nd Street
Btwn Broadway and Eighth Ave

Mid-size venue various events... read more


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25 Third Avenue
(between St. Marks Place and 9th Street)

Rock venue... read more


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222 Thompson Street

Have Havana!... read more

Elbow Room

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144 Bleecker Street
(between Thompson Street and La Guardia Place)

Rock, funk and karaoke... read more


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315 Bowery
Between 1st and 2nd Streets

Bowery legend... read more
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