From jazz clubs to bluegrass bars, here are seven great spaces to sip on a cocktail while listening to a live performance in NYC.
Looking for a classy dinner or drink with some accompanying live entertainment? Look no further than these intimate NYC spots:
1. The Flatiron Room
Between the fifties-era wallpaper and the colorful lighting, The Flatiron Room is a charmingly modern take on a timeless classic. While most patrons come for the whiskey (the bar stocks nearly 700 different varieties), they stay for the smooth jazz — with multiple live performances every day, you’re sure to catch a few cool cats on the mic. If jazz isn’t your scene, don’t worry! Featuring a Broadway band on Sunday nights and bluegrass on Mondays, The Flatiron Room has a little tune for everyone.
Half concert hall, half saloon, Sunny’s Bar is located in an unassuming building on the bank of the East River. But don’t let appearances fool you — although it opened its doors in 1890, Sunny’s continues to be a hotspot for artists, musicians, fashionistas, and other creatives. Although there’s always something playing at Sunny’s, the Bluegrass, Folk & Country Jam (every Saturday at 9:00pm) is open to any talented patron with an instrument who wants to get in on the fun — and it provides an equally enjoyable listening experience for regular bar-goers.
3. Village Vanguard
For jazz and history lovers alike, Village Vanguard is an absolute must-visit. Opened in 1935, Village Vanguard is one of New York’s last great jazz rooms, having hosted performances by John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and a host of other memorable greats. If you’re heading to a show, consider reserving your seat ahead of time so you can skip the last-minute scramble and enjoy an old-timey cocktail while you wait for the music to start.
An intimate bar and performance space located in South Slope, Barbès channels all the charm of a small French café while attracting musical acts from around the world. With expert mixologist Justin Briggs at the helm, Barbès’ bar serves some of the most delicious cocktails in Brooklyn — paired with that night’s unique musical act, Barbès will make you feel right at home in New York’s cultural milieu.
5. St. Mazie
Located in Williamsburg, St. Mazie Bar and Supper Club is much more than just a musical venue. While the live shows tend to be the main attraction, St. Mazie also features a well-stocked bar, beautiful patio, and fantastic restaurant tucked away in the cellar. Head over early for a well-cooked meal, and then raise your glass to a fun-filled night of music and mixed drinks.
6. Smoke Jazz and Supper Club
For a cozy night of classic New York jazz, head down to Smoke Jazz and Supper Club. The plush seating and heavy drapery does more than set the mood in this one-of-a-kind bar — it creates some of the most incredible acoustics you’ll ever hear. For jazz lovers trying to conserve some cash, consider coming to the midnight show so you can skip out on the cover charge.
7. City Winery
Featuring stunning views from their patio during the day and unmissable live shows at night, City Winery is one of Soho’s secret treasures. With their schedule of winemaking seminars and cheese classes, City Winery could become an all-day stop for patrons who love wine as much as they love music. No need to step out for food — with their delicious wine-inspired menu, this modern winery is a one-stop shop for dinner and a show.