Best Live Music Venues to Explore in New York
New York is perhaps the greatest city in the world when it comes to living music. Live music in New York falls in varieties of hundreds of live music venues in the Five Boroughs.
It was a difficult, time-consuming, and satisfying endeavor to compile a list of the top live music venues in New York City. There are so many fantastic sites to see in The Empire City that no matter how big your list is, you're likely to miss a few gems. We used three key criteria to reduce New York's enormous range of music venues. The first was that the venue has to be passionate about live music.
It wasn't necessary for the facility to be a dedicated live music venue. It could also be a bar, a restaurant, or a combination of the two.
1. Music hall of Williamsburg:
This Williamsburg extension of the Bowery Ballroom, run by local producer Bowery Presents, is essentially a mirror replica of the Manhattan counterpart, with improved sight lights—including elevated portions on either side of the floor—and a little more breathing room. It's one of the best spaces in New York to see a show, with a lineup ranging from indie rock bands to hip-hop groups.
2. Beacon theatre:
This vast former vaudeville theater, which has recently been renovated and is now home to a range of popular performances ranging from Steely Dan to Ryan Adams, presents a variety of popular shows. While the size can be intimidating for both performers and audience members, the opulent décor and uptown location make you feel like you're on a true night out.
3. Forest hill stadium:
This historic tennis stadium, which hosted notable events and concerts from the 1920s to the 1980s (including the Beatles, Stones, and others), reopened in 2013 with a boisterous Mumford & Sons performance. The venue now regularly accommodates a diverse range of musicians, from the Chainsmokers to Van Morrison.
This 24,000 square-foot renovated warehouse, run by the same hipsters who run the famed art and music sanctuary Glasslands, features live events and DJ evenings. Two stages are inside and there’s one on the rooftop. Its lineup includes a varied range of electronic music, and other genres.
5. Radio city hall:
This famous Rockefeller Center venue, known as the Showplace has enthralled spectators since the 1930s with its exquisite Art Deco features, large stage, and theatrics. There are so many fantastic sites to see in The Empire City that no matter how big your list is, you're likely to miss a few gems.
We used three key criteria to reduce New York's enormous range of music venues to 55. The first was that the venue has to be passionate about live music.
6. Sanit Virus:
This Greenpoint club, with all-black walls and dead roses hanging above the bar, is one of the greatest places in the city to witness metal, rock, and more experimental heavy music, with consistently loud bands booked seven nights a week.
7. Blue note:
The Blue Note prides itself on being "the world's jazz capital." Bonafide musical legends (Chick Corea, Ron Carter) brush shoulders with hot young performers, while clients rub elbows at the club's close-set tables. Arrive early to ensure a decent spot and consider paying more for a table seat.
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