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If you want to know what's playing at a particular New York City club, you've found the right place! Check out schedules for upcoming shows across many genres here.

Best Places To See Live Music in NYC

We've put together the best venues around NYC for seeing live music to help you find a great show to see when you visit.

55 Bar

$3 cover and 2 drink min. at this West Village Bar. Weeknight shows begin at 9:30 p.m. Early show Friday and Saturday are from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday late shows begin at 10 p.m.

Arlene Grocery

This Lower East Side club hosts as many as 6 bands nightly. $3-5 cover charge on weekends, no cover during the week. Mainly undiscovered bands, but sometimes features a few great finds.

Arthur’s Tavern

Arthur’s hosts live jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, and Dixieland jazz music every night of the week with no cover charge. There are nightly happy hour drink specials and a light continental menu available at this West Village spot.

B.B. King Club

Located in the heart of Times Square, the club features world-class musical talent.


Located on West 44th Street, Birdland offers jazz nightly, for $20-35 per set. There is a $10 food/drink minimum at the tables. Sets at 9 and 11 p.m. nightly and an early set at 5:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Bitter End

Located in the West Village, The Bitter End is host to a variety of musical and comedic performances.

Blender Theatre at Gramercy

Located on 23rd Street, the Blender Theatre at Gramercy offers music fans an intimate venue for enjoying a variety of different musical performances.

Blue Note

Perhaps NYC's popular jazz club, the Blue Note garners $25-$40 per person per set in their West Village location. Sets are usually at 8 and 10:30. Monday nights, sets are 1/2 price and the performers tend to be less famous, but often as good.

Blue Smoke

Barbecue restaurant above Jazz Standard offering a jazz and soul juke box.

Bowery Ballroom

As one of NYC's most popular venues, this Lower East Side theater hosts a variety of well-known acts.

Brooklyn Academy of Music

A variety of independent movies and experimental performances, as well as traditional arts are the focus at BAM. There is even a BAMbus that leaves from 42nd and Park Avenue to bring you to the Academy.

Cafe Wha?

Live music 7 nights a week, including Wednesday & Sunday when there is no cover! Rock/pop, Brazilian, Funk and more entice visitors to this Greenwich Village club nightly.

Carnegie Hall

If you can't make it to a performance here, get a glimpse of Carnegie Hall during a guided tour. Find schedules, ticket information and more here.

CBGBs - Closed

In operation from 1973-2006, CBGBs was most famous for Joey Ramone's infamous performances. The website has CBGBs merchandise and information about the club's history.

Central Park Summerstage

A variety of performances are available all summer on the summerstage. Find the schedule and all the details here.

Cotton Club

Originally a club where the most talented black performers played for an all-white audience, the Cotton Club holds a place in music history. Come for their Jazz dinners and Gospel brunches to experience it for yourself.

Don Hill's

Featuring predominantly heavy metal/hard rock acts, Don Hill's also has a Thursday night 80s dance party. Located just outside the Holland Tunnel, this grungy club is welcoming to both gay and straight clubbers who like to have a good time.


Located in the historic Recording & Rehearsal Arts building, this multi-level nightclub has both live music and DJs.

Fat Cat

This West Village jazz club features billiards, access to a second club (Smalls) and one drink included with the cover, and live music from 10 p.m. til 2:30 a.m.

Fez under Time Café

Thursday nights see the Mingus Big Band (often considered NYC's best jazz band) play two sets at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. $18 cover. $10 cover for students at late set with proper ID.

Galapagos Art Space

Located in Williamsburg, this industrial space offers a range of dance, art, performance and music events. The space is free to enter -- cover is only charged for back room events.

Hammerstein Ballroom

This pre-war ballroom hosts popular concerts and can accommodate audiences of up to 2,500.

Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel

Located in the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, The Hiro Ballroom has a unique Asian-inspired atmosphere and holds just a few hundred guests.

Internet Cafe

This East Village cafe offers 2 sets nightly, as well as internet access. $5 cover, no minimum.


Jazz nightly (2 sets, 3 on weekends), including Les Paul trio on Monday nights. Cover is $25-35+ and a $10 minimum. Sunday Jazz Brunch buffet is $19.95.

Jazz Gallery

Downtown jazz art & artist showcase hosting two sets nightly at 9 and 10:30 for $10 cover.

Jazz Standard

Basement club (below Blue Smoke) featuring live jazz nightly. Cover varies, but is normally between $15-20. Sets at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. and music continues until about 1 a.m.

Joe's Pub

Part of The Public Theater, Joe's offers everything from Shakespearean plays to late night DJs. There is also food available until midnight.

Jules Bistro

French bistro with jazz nightly starting at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. Also has a Sunday jazz brunch.

Knickerbocker Bar and Grill

Jazz music Friday and Saturday beginning 9:45 p.m. for only a low cover charge.

Knitting Factory

Both a popular venue for experimental performances (including jazz, electronica and more) and a recording studio, check out the schedule of events at this downtown club.


Euro-styled coffee house and art gallery in SoHo that has jazz nightly and on weekend afternoons. $8 food/beverage minimum.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center is the world's largest cultural complex. Find information on tours and performances here.

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden has two venues for concerts -- the arena, and the WAMU Theatre at MSG. Both attract top name acts, but the WAMU Theatre is a more intimate venue.

Mercury Lounge

With so many music venues in the East Village, Mercury Lounge is a standout for hearing live music. Mercury Lounge's reputation promises top acts in an intimate environment.

Metropolitan Opera

Since opening in 1883, the opera has maintained a pereminent position based on the quality of performances. Find all the information you need about this world famous opera here -- from tickets and touring to history and photos.

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Music Hall of Williamsburg hosts an eclectic array of lesser known musical acts.

New York City Opera

This opera company strives to make operas accessible to a wide audience, with affordable tickets, student discounts and special deals. Check out their schedule and prices online. Of course, like all good deals, they sell out fast, so check early.

Nokia Theatre Times Square

Located in Times Square, the Nokia Theatre opened in 2005 and can accommodate audiences of up to 2100. The Nokia Theatre hosts a variety of popular musical events.

Radio City Music Hall

Best known for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Radio City is host to a variety of popular performers and events.

Roseland Ballroom

Hosting diverse events from boxing matches to black-tie benefits, the Roseland Ballroom is also an intimate music venue. Located on West 52nd Street, they tend to host bigger name acts, like the White Stripes and the Rolling Stones, but it's an intimate venue where it's a treat to see them.

Rue B

East Village Jazz venue with no cover.

S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil)

Live world music will get you dancing at S.O.B.s. Jazz, Brazillian and Reggae music are played live nightly. This Village venue features a full menu and bar.


This West Village favorite offers 10-12 hours of jazz for just $10. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks are free, you can bring your own alcohol if you like.

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club

Sets at 9, 11, 12:30 at this Upper West Side Jazz club which strives to continue the traditions begun by Augie's Jazz Bar (which closed in 1998.) Happy hour deals and cover can often be applied to drink prices.


Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Southpaw is a large capacity venue that can accommodate audiences up to 5,000 and attracts a variety of different musical guests.

Terminal 5

Located in Midtown Manhattan, Terminal 5 hosts musical guests from a variety of genres and can accommodate an audience of up to 4000 people.

The Bottom Line

Located on West 4th Street, the Bottom Line serves up great music in an intimate setting. While the walls at the Bottom Line could use another coat of paint, the sound quality is outstanding. Skip the food that is predominantly fried and mediocre at best.

The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza

Just off of Union Square, The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza hosts a variety of acts, from well known bands to more obscure choices, in an all ages setting. Wrist bands are required for drinking, and couches in the lounge area offer a nice break when you're tired from dancing.

The Town Hall

A National Historic Site in the theatre district, The Town Hall features music, dance, film and more.

The Village Underground

This intimate Greenwich Village venue requires all acts to be of high quality, but is open to all styles of music. Their Sunday night open mic is rumored to have occassional celebrity appearances.

Village Vanguard

Since 1935, the Village Vanguard has been a mecca for live jazz performance in NYC. Find out about upcoming shows and the clubs history here.

Warsaw at the Polish National Home

Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Warsaw is housed in the Polish National Home.

Webster Hall

Located on East 11th Street, Webster Hall frequently hosts well known bands. When the performances are over, Webster Hall transforms into a popular nightclub on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Zinc Bar

$10 cover for most shows, with a one or two drink minimum at this Lower East Side bar. Rumored to be favored by musicians after playing their own sets elsewhere.
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