the stars and they’ve probably been on stage at the Beacon, where the
likes of Bob Dylan, Sting, and B.B. King have performed. Shows range
from pop music and light rock to gospel and world music.
Broadway at West 74th St
Open 1 hour before show
1935, this basement club has featured a “who’s who” of jazz. The early
years were eclectic, launching folk singers like Harry Belafonte. Since
the 1950s it has been all jazz.
178 7th Ave South
legend, although no longer in the location opened by Charlie Parker in
1949. Now near Times Square, the premises is built in three tiers to
ensure good sightlines. Birdland Big Band plays on Mondays.
Bennett, Natalie Cole, and Ray Charles have all played this Greenwich
Village venue. The emphasis is on jazz, but blues, Latin, R&B, soul,
and big band also feature.
131 West 3rd St, between MacDougal St & 6th Ave
Open 7pm–2am Sun–Thu, 7pm–4am Fri & Sat
Admission & cover charge
initials stand for Sounds of Brazil, but the music ranges from African
to reggae via soul or jazz. The beat is contagious, and the dance floor
gets crowded. Friday is salsa night.
industrial-look space on the edge of the meat-packing district offers
an intimate experience. Mos Def, Lou Reed, Jonatha Brooke and Lady
Sovereign have all graced the stage here.
Iridium Jazz Club
in 1994, Iridium has funky decor, good food, and excellent established
and new jazz groups. The great guitarist Les Paul plays here on Monday
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
of Jazz at Lincoln Center, this dazzling club features changing
line-ups of top jazz groups. The cover is steep, but “after hours sets”
are $10 maximum, and the food is reasonably priced.
acoustics and traditional to avant garde music. The restaurant, Blue
Smoke, offers barbequed food. The Mingus Big Band plays most Monday
opening of Bowery Ball-room in 1998 helped spear-head a Lower East Side
renaissance. The venue boasts great acoustics and sight-lines.
Well-known touring acts, mid-scale indie rockers, and local bands
Top 10 Dance Clubs
Three floors plus a roof deck and rocking DJs.
Drink in the downstairs vault, then dance away at this club in a one-time bank.
A mix of dining room, bars, lounges, and dance floor.
Great setting and sound in a Meatpacking District favorite.
Tough to get in if you’re not with a model – but worth it. House and hip hop.
Dance until dawn at this Soho standby; Saturday is the big night.
The Sullivan Room
Draws the cream of techno talent to this intimate venue.
The 40/40 Club
Rapper Jay-Z’s swanky sports bar-cum-R&B dance spot also boasts a cigar bar and three VIP sections.
The beautiful set come for soulful and deep house.
Pacha New York
Dance music and urban style spread over four floors from the Ibiza superclub.