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  • 1. Barbès

    Park Slope | Music Clubs

    Outstanding regulars like the Django Reinhardt mantle-bearer Stephane Wrembel, western-swingers Brain Cloud, and Slavic Soul Party spin threads...Read More

  • 2. Blue Note

    Greenwich Village | Music Clubs

    Considered by many (not least its current owners) to be "the jazz capital of the world," the Blue Note was once the stomping ground for such...Read More

  • 3. Bowery Ballroom

    Lower East Side | Music Clubs

    This legendary theater with Art Deco accents is probably the city's top midsize concert venue. Packing in the crowds here is a rite of passage...Read More

  • 4. Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

    Midtown West | Music Clubs

    For a night of jazz with big names and talent but without the pretension, turn to Dizzy's, an intimate club with Manhattan-skyline and Central...Read More

  • 5. Irving Plaza

    Gramercy | Music Clubs

    A relatively intimate venue that holds about 1,000 people on two levels, Irving Plaza is known for its packed lineup of both indie and more...Read More

  • 6. Jazz Standard

    Gramercy | Music Clubs

    The Standard's sizable underground room draws top names in the business, and as part of Danny Meyer's southern-food restaurant Blue Smoke, it...Read More

  • 7. St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club

    Music Clubs

    On Grand Street nearly abutting the highway is the 1920s-style St. Mazie, which presents excellent gypsy jazz and flamenco music to a crowd...Read More

  • 8. The Bell House

    Music Clubs

    One of the top music venues in the borough, the Bell House hosts big-name rock musicians, cult comedy acts and live podcast recordings, and...Read More

  • 9. Village Vanguard

    West Village | Music Clubs

    This prototypical jazz club, tucked into a cellar in the Village since the 1940s, has been the haunt of legends like Thelonious Monk and Barbra...Read More

  • 10. (Le) Poisson Rouge

    Greenwich Village | Music Clubs

    Head into the street-level or underground entrances to behold this cutting-edge, multipurpose entertainment and dance emporium, whose name means...Read More

  • 11. Arlene's Grocery

    Lower East Side | Music Clubs

    Crowds of youngsters and longtime New Yorkers pack into this former Puerto Rican bodega that's now a downtown staple for local bands, variety...Read More

  • 12. Baby's All Right

    Music Clubs

    You'd be hard-pressed to categorize this eclectic place. With a diner up front, a '70s German disco–inspired music venue in the back, and a...Read More

  • 13. Bar Next Door

    Greenwich Village | Music Clubs

    It doesn't get more intimate than this dark, inviting music den downstairs from the Italian café La Lanterna. An ever-changing roster of musicians...Read More

  • 14. Birdland

    Midtown West | Music Clubs

    This place gets its name from saxophone great Charlie "Yardbird" (or just "Bird") Parker, so expect serious musicians such as John Pizzarelli...Read More

  • 15. Bitter End

    Greenwich Village | Music Clubs

    On a fabled bohemian block, this Greenwich Village standby has served its share of talent since 1961, with Billy Joel, David Crosby, and Dr...Read More

  • 16. Bizarre

    Bushwick | Music Clubs

    Live music and theatrical performances at this appropriately named bar range from burlesque to circus to all kinds of quirky performance art...Read More

  • 17. City Winery

    SoHo | Music Clubs

    A combination wine bar and concert space, matched with great food and a calendar packed with great shows, makes this a go-to for a semi-sophisticated...Read More

  • 18. Iridium

    Midtown West | Music Clubs

    This cozy, elite jazz venue is a sure bet for big-name talent like the David Murray Black Saint Quartet and pianist Michael Wolff. The sight...Read More

  • 19. Knitting Factory

    Music Clubs

    Rock, indie, and underground hip-hop performances draw crowds at this well-established concert venue that does double duty as a neighborhood...Read More

  • 20. Mercury Lounge

    Lower East Side | Music Clubs

    You have to squeeze past the sardine-packed hipsters in the front bar to reach the stage, but it's worth it. Not only does this top-quality...Read More

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