Popular Music Venues in NYC: R - Z
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Radio City Music Hall (see events)
Rockefeller Center, 49th St. and Sixth Ave. (212) 247-4777
The grandaddy of all the music halls in the city, Radio City sometimes hosts R&B and Pop acts. Subway: B, D, F, Q to 47th-50th St.
194 Ave A at 12th St. (212) 529-4712
Wednesday night is open mic, so come to see who shows up to play. Other nights they have a DJ. Ages 21 and over. Open noon - 4am every day. Happy hour from 4pm - 8pm. Subway: L to 1st Ave.; 6 to Astor Pl.
129 Lexington Ave. (btw. 28th & 29th Sts.) (212) 725-3871
This midtown Irish Pub goes beyond the traditional with their line-up of musicians, readings and classes. Music includes Seanchai performing Celtic HipHop every Friday night, Pat McGuire every Saturday, and live traditional Irish and Folk Rock on Sunday and Tuesday nights. Cover is $5 - $10. Ages 21 and over. Subway: 6 to 28th Ave.
The Rodeo Bar (see events)
375 Third Avenue at 27th St. (212) 683-6500
Live Country, Bluegrass, and Southern Rock music and food 7 nights a week. Shows start at 10pm and there's no cover or age restriction (your ID will be checked at the bar). Hours: Mon - Sat from 11:30am - 4am, Sunday until 2am. Subway: 6 to 28th St.
Roseland (see events)
239 W. 52nd St. bet. Eighth Ave. and Broadway. (212) 247-0200
Recently renovated concert club hosting mostly college style alternative rock, including They Might Be Giants and other major label artists. Big enough for those bands who can't fill the Garden, but who are too big for a club. Cover: $15-20. For concert info call the Irving Plaza box office at 212-777-6800 or Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171. Subway: C, E to 50th St.
228 W. Broadway at White St. (212) 219-8242
This loft performance space is dedicated to providing performance opportunities for innovative, experimental music in all genres. Call or check the web site for events this season. Shows start at 8:30, admission is $10. No food or beverages are served. All ages. Subway: A, C, E to Canal St.; 1, 9 to Franklin St.
Shine (see events)
285 W. Broadway at Canal St. (212) 941-0900
Primarily an eclectic DJ nightclub with occasional live music. Check out their Live Roots Reggae Sundays ($3). Cover is usually $10 - $20. Ages 21 and over. Hours are from 9 or 10pm - 4am. Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 9 to Canal St.
Sidewalk Cafe (see events)
94 Ave. A at 6th St. (212) 473-7373
The home and headquarters of Anti-folk, which started out in the 80's as punk influenced acoustic music, and has since become much much more. Check the website for a more in depth description. The cafe has a full bar open noon - 4am, a 24 hour restaurant and lounge with a pool table. Shows are every night at 7:30. Every Monday they host an open mic Anti-Hootenany. All ages. No cover, 2 drink minimum. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.; 6 to Astor Pl.
S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil)
204 Varick St. at Houston St. (212) 243-4940
Authentic brazilian dance spot and more. Shows include all kinds of live Latin music, plus Hip Hop, Reggae, and African. Hip Hop shows are 18 and over, all others are 21 and over. Doors usually open at 6:30pm and tickets vary between $0 - $20. Every weekend is like Carnival in Rio. Subway: 1, 9 to Houston St.
Sun Music Company
340 E. 71st St. (btw 1st & 2nd Aves.) (212) 396-9521
Home to acoustic singer/songwriters of all persuasions. Come hear 4 hours of original acoustic music for only $3 at the Tuesday night open mic starting at 7:30pm (sign-ups at 7pm). On other nights shows run 8pm - 11:30ish with a cover of around $10. The venue is a 75 person capacity non-smoking house serving light refreshments. All ages. Subway: 6 to 68th St.
240 W. 47th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & Broadway) (212) 921-1940
Formerly the historic Edison Hotel Ballroom, this 40's style club/restaurant hosts live big band dance parties every Friday and Saturday. Swing and Foxtrot from 8pm - midnight, Mambo from 12am - 4am. All ages, $0 - $25 cover. Dinner is served from 5:30pm - midnight, with a $25 pre-theater prix fix menu served from 5:30 - 7:30. They also have dance lessons! Subway: N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 9, 7 to 42nd St.
2710 Broadway (btw. 103rd & 104th Sts.), third floor (212) 665-9460
This Latin American Cultural Center has been presenting live music since 1979. Shows are on Fri & Sat (and sometimes Thur) starting at 9pm. All ages, no smoking, and no food is served. Admission is $10 ($8 for seniors and free for kids under 10 with an adult). Fridays are usually Latin Jazz and Saturdays are mixed. Subway: 1, 9 to 103rd St.
Terra Blues (see events)
149 Bleeker St. (btw. Thompson St. & La Guardia Pl.) (212) 777-7776
Blues Bar with live music every night from 7pm on. The cover is $5 - $15 Mon - Fri, and $5 on Sat & Sun; 2 drink minimum. Ages 21 and over unless accompanied by a parent. Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, Q to W. 4th St.
Tir na Nog (see events)
5 Penn Plaza (btw. 33rd & 34th Sts.) (212) 630-0249
Irish pub with a bar made out of an old organ and live Celtic Rock, Blues, and Traditional Irish music every Friday and Saturday night at 10pm. No cover. All ages. Serving lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekend. Open 10am - 4am every day. Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 9 to 34th St.
239 W. 41st St. at 9th Ave. (212) 947-1188
Bar with live Blues, Rock, and Country music every Friday and Saturday night starting around 10:30pm. Ages 21 and over. The cover is usually $5. Open Mon - Sat from 10am - 4am and Sunday from 12pm - 4am. Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St.
Tonic (see events)
107 Norfolk St. (btw. Delancey & Rivington Sts.) (212) 358-7503
This musician curated club hosts avante guarde experimental Jazz, Rock, and Electronic music Tuesday through Sunday. Box office is open 8pm - 11pm every day. Show times vary and tickets cost from $0 - $25. They have a bar and DJ shows Thursday through Saturday in the downstairs Subtonic Lounge. Must be 16 or older to get in. Subway: F to Delancey; J, M, Z to Essex St.
Two Boots Park Slope
514 2nd St (btw. 7th & 8th Aves.), Park Slope, Brooklyn (718) 499-3253
Every Friday and Saturday at 10pm this pizza joint hosts live R&B, Hawaiian Swing, Jazz, and Rockabilly. No cover, all ages. The kitchen is open from 5pm - 12am. Subway: D, Q to 7th Ave.; 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza.
Village Underground (see events)
130 W. 3rd St. (btw 5th & 6th Aves.) (212) 777-7745
This West Village club hosts all kinds of parties and bands throughout the week. On Friday and Saturday they usually have Latin/Brazilian music, and Sunday is open mic R&B. Call for show schedule or check out the Village Voice. Open 10pm - 4am every day. Cover runs from $0 - $15 and shows are usually 21 and over. Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, Q to W. 4th St.
161 Hudson St. near Laight St. (212) 386-3600
Another great club featuring eclectic live bands every night. They also have an environmental activism center and sponsor city events promoting a more eco-friendly outlook on the city. Shows are generally 18 and over, sometimes all ages, and the cover is usually $8 - $15. Hours: 8pm - late (2am - 4am). Subway: 1, 9 to Canal.
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