Best Live Music Bars in NYC?

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So the other night I checked out Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich and really enjoyed the vibe. I was wondering if anyone had any other favorite live music spot suggestions in the city?

Boston suggestions also welcome.

Thanks!

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Jan 28, 2019

Red Lion? Groove? There are whole bunch of stuff around bleecker st area

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Feb 2, 2019

Damn $1 wings on Wednesdays at Red Lion... say less

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Jan 28, 2019
NovemberRain:

So the other night I checked out Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich and really enjoyed the vibe. Was wondering if anyone had any other favorite live music spot suggestions in the city? Boston suggestions also welcome. Thanks!

If you are confident enough in your manhood, and the fun is more important than the quality of the music, Marie's Crisis on Grove in the village is fun. (If you're not, then avoid it.--Also, if I were you, I'd be more worried if those gays DIDN'T hit on you than if they did.)

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Feb 2, 2019

Haha interesting. What kind of music ?

Jan 28, 2019
NovemberRain:

Haha interesting. What kind of music ?

It's a gay-ish bar, what do you expect? Show tunes for the most part with some other items like Billy Joel mixed in. Mostly greatest hits, sung along with a live piano player. You are expected to sing along (badly)

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Jan 30, 2019

Also try Brandy's Piano Bar on the UES

Jan 29, 2019

I like the musicians that Blue Note im West Village books but the place is an unbelievable rip off even by New York standards.

Jan 30, 2019

Agreed, and not to mention the stage is awkwardly positioned against the long wall so only 10 tables see the show from the front.

Jan 29, 2019

RIP CBGB

Jan 30, 2019

Pianos on Ludlow St. The bar in the front is too fratty for me, but if you go to the back room it's a good place to see indie bands. Have seen a bunch there, and it's one of the last true independently-owned venues in the city (if that appeals to you). Tickets are $8-10.

Jan 31, 2019
Edifice:

Pianos on Ludlow St. The bar in the front is too fratty for me, but if you go to the back room it's a good place to see indie bands. Have seen a bunch there, and it's one of the last true independently-owned venues in the city (if that appeals to you). Tickets are $8-10.

I'm assuming you've never been there on a Fri / Sat night, if you think the back room is any less "fratty"

Jan 30, 2019

I've been many a Fri/Sat. I just meant that somehow the front bar and the back room are usually (somehow) totally opposite crowds. The front room will be 90s hip-hop night while the back room will host experimental Strokes cover bands.

Jan 30, 2019

"In Greenwich"? Jesus Christ, this might be too noob for me on a Wednesday morning.

Feb 2, 2019

i'm not a local lol

Jan 31, 2019

Blue Note, The Bitter End

Jan 31, 2019

LPR (Le Poisson Rouge) is a great live venue. The nights where they have the 90s & 00s band are incredibly fun.

Also that place in WVillage, upstairs from the Five Guys and across Bleecker St. Pizza is worth a visit. Forgot what its called but they have live Soul & R&B music some nights. They can't seem to crack a window in there though.

Jan 30, 2019

I always wondered about that place above Five Guys. Lots of neon lights and silhouettes...

Feb 1, 2019

Jules Bistro in the East Village, Rockwood Music Hall in LES are great

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