1. Beacon Theatre

    Name 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

    • Admission charge

    Beacon Theatre
  2. Village Vanguard

    Since 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

    • Open 8pm–late

    • Cover charge

  3. Birdland

    Another 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.

    • 315 West 44th St, between 8th & 9th Aves

    • Open 5pm–3am Mon–Sun

    • Cover charge

  4. Blue Note

    Tony 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

    Blue Note
  5. S.O.B.s

    The 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.

    • 204 Varick St at West Houston St

    • Opening times vary

    • Cover charge

  6. Highline Ballroom

    This 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.

    • 431 West 16th St between 9th & 10th Aves

    • Admission charge

  7. Iridium Jazz Club

    Opened in 1994, Iridium has funky decor, good food, and excellent established and new jazz groups. The great guitarist Les Paul plays here on Monday nights.

    • 1650 Broadway at West 51st St

    • Open 7pm–2am Fri–Sat, 5pm– midnight Sun–Thu

    • Admission charge

  8. Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola

    Part 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.

    • Broadway at 60th St

    • Sets at 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30pm daily

    • Admission & cover charge

  9. Jazz Standard

    First-rate acoustics and traditional to avant garde music. The restaurant, Blue Smoke, offers barbequed food. The Mingus Big Band plays most Monday nights.

    • 116 East 27th St, between Park Ave Sth & Lexington Ave

    • Open 7pm–3am Tue–Sat (from 6pm Sun)

    • Adm charge

    Jazz Standard
  10. Bowery Ballroom

    The 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 feature.

    • 6 Delancey St, between Bowery and Chrystie St

    • Opening times vary

    • Admission charge

Top 10 Dance Clubs

  1. Bar 13

    Three floors plus a roof deck and rocking DJs.

    • 35 East 13th St

  2. Element

    Drink in the downstairs vault, then dance away at this club in a one-time bank.

    • 225 East Houston St

  3. Lotus

    A mix of dining room, bars, lounges, and dance floor.

    • 409 West 14th St

  4. APT

    Great setting and sound in a Meatpacking District favorite.

    • 419 West 13th St

  5. Marquee

    Tough to get in if you’re not with a model – but worth it. House and hip hop.

    • 289 Tenth Ave

  6. Club Shelter

    Dance until dawn at this Soho standby; Saturday is the big night.

    • 150 Varick St

  7. The Sullivan Room

    Draws the cream of techno talent to this intimate venue.

    • 218 Sullivan St

  8. 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.

    • 6 West 25th St

  9. Cielo

    The beautiful set come for soulful and deep house.

    • 18 Little West 12th St

  10. Pacha New York

    Dance music and urban style spread over four floors from the Ibiza superclub.

    • 618 West 46th St

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