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Top Picks for Live Music Venues

Joseph Herrans
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Concierge, W New York - Union Square
Joseph Herrans
Concierge, W New York - Union Square
201 Park Avenue So.
212.253.9119

New York City is known for world-renowned shopping, theater, sightseeing and museums, “but when the sun goes down, the city transforms into a playground of amazing nightlife for those who seek fun and adventure,” Joseph Herrans, concierge at W New York – Union Square, says. “For those who are looking for another side of this metropolis, try some live music in Greenwich Village.” Herrans has several top picks for live music haunts in what New Yorkers fondly call “the Village,” as well as a few picks in the nearby Lower East Side. “The locals always know where the best places are to go,” Herrans says. “And one great alternative to all the obvious choices for jazz clubs is Zinc Bar.” The Greenwich Village spot plays host to a number of musicians in an eclectic mix of genres—from African Jazz, Flamenco and Cabaret to Funk, Salsa and Reggae. “It’s a great place to relax with friends and unwind after a long day on the town, with a nice casual old-school New York feel to it.” Herrans says. The uniquely named Café Wha? serves up a bit of nostalgia to those who remember NYC’s music scene from decades past. “If you miss CBGB, then this is the place you want to go,” Herrans suggests. “It just has that raw Greenwich Village feeling that most folks that love live music look for.” For dinner and a show, head to Caffe Vivaldi. The eatery boasts “fantastic Italian cuisine, with wonderful live music playing right there while you dine.” Another not-to-be-missed Village venue is The Back Fence, which features two to three entertainers a night. “Bring some friends along for some drinks while you sit back and enjoy the show by some of NYC’s up-and-coming bands,” Herrans says. Across town, Rockwood Music Hall is “one of the Lower East Side’s premiere locations,” Herrans says, noting that the intimate venue has a great wait-staff. Many up-and-coming bands and rappers begin their careers at the Lower East Side’s popular Mercury Lounge, including American rock band The Strokes. “The venue has an intimate setting with close proximity to the stage,” Herrans says. “And the cover charge is always reasonable.” The Bowery Ballroom is another must-visit destination on the Lower East Side. “They have great acoustics for a very intimate crowd,” Herrans says. “The downstairs bar is a wonderful place to hang out while you wait for the show to start.”