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Best Clubs with Live Music in New York

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SOB's

Situated in SoHo, SOB'S also known as Sounds of Brazil, is renowned for playing wonderful world music, while serving delectable cuisine that involves Latin and Brazilian specialties. At SOB's one gets to hear an eclectic mix of live world music, where you can relax your senses and enjoy an evening filled with lovely entertainment. Popular performers like Marc Anthony, Seu Jorge, Celia Cruz, Issac Delgado and many more have performed here.

New York, NY, United States
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The Bowery Electric

The Bowery Electric is renowned for its entertainment. Theme parties are a frequent occurrence with the Halloween Party topping the list. Listen to amazing DJs, both local and international, while drinking delicious cocktails. A long bar impresses newcomers with its African style dark wood decor, blue mohair sofas, innovative bar lamps and some hypnotic lighting. Their bar is well stocked with some of the finest wines, bourbons, champagnes, scotches, and more. You can expect to have a fun time at Bowery's as the city's locals and tourists pour in night after night for a slice of the famous city high life. For those on a tighter budget, Bowery Electric's Map Room features plenty of free live music.

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Village Underground

Village Underground in New York is probably one of the best places to catch the foremost names of the city's music scene. The bands that play here usually play much larger venues, but the smaller space here simply intensifies the effect of the great music. Well-known celebrities like Mariah Carey and Stevie Wonder have been known to drop in here regularly and Bob Dylan used to play here back in the sixties. Cover charges vary.

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Blue Note

Jazz clubs in New York City are always jumping, and for more than 30 years this popular haunt in Greenwich Village has done the same. The club regularly books top musicians and award winners such as Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarrett, Tito Puente and Sergio Mendes. They provide great shows during brunch and the spot also supports young musicians who are still honing their chops. Check website as cover charge and minimums vary from day-to-day.

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Pyramid Club

This legendary little dance dive in the East Village hosts some of the best '80s nights in the city. On Thursday Remission and Friday 1984, you will hear plenty of New Order, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus and Roxy Music (no New Kids on the Block, thank you very much.) The fun-loving crowd is a mixture of gays and straights, some of whom danced here when the music was new. Many people are discovering the scene for the first time. Only cash is accepted and the admission fee varies.

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Webster Hall

Established in 1886, exclusively as an event space, Webster Hall grew to become an entertainment space, and has become a classic New York dance party spot. The eclectic crowd includes people from all walks of life. Call ahead to find out what some of the best DJs in the world will be spinning on a particular night. There are also live musical performances featured, and some of the music industry's leading artists have performed here, some of them including Adele, Jay Z, Patti Smith, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones and Prince. So come away and party all night in the true New Yorker style.

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Village Vanguard

The Village Vanguard has been around since 1935, when it was founded by an enterprising Lithuanian immigrant. Today, a sizable international crowd packs the club, enjoying the great music and acoustics, an informal New York camaraderie and a good selection of beer and cocktails. Musical giants from Leadbelly to John Coltrane to Wynton Marsalis have played here, and fresh talent as well as "name dropping performers" can be heard in this fabled Greenwich Village basement seven days a week.

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Jazz Standard

Jazz Standard, the upscale and relaxing jazz club, has found success thanks to its good location and high quality entertainment. Playing host to performances by some of the biggest names in the Jazz world, this is one venue you simply can't miss. Sip on a fine drink and feast on a palatable meal while the great artists leave you amazed with their music. The typical cover charge at Jazz Standard is pricey but reasonable by Manhattan standards. The sound system is excellent, and there is seating for a total of 130 people.

New York, NY, United States
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Birdland

A popular jazz club, Birdland is dedicated to Charlie Parker, a famed jazz musician nicknamed Bird. Located on West 44th Street, this place is all about soulful jazz music. Well spread with simple decor, the food here is typically spicy Southern cooking. The sirloin steak with gravy and the pork medallions with collared greens are worth trying. Musical greats like John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and, of course, Charlie Parker have all performed here. All in all, Birdland is a great place for jazz music. Glance through their website to see who's playing when.

New York, NY, United States
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Smoke Jazz and Supper Club

Started around 1999, when Augie's Jazz Bar closed its doors, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club is sort of a tribute to the former. Initially starting off purely as a venue for good jazz, this place now has also incorporated a fine restaurant. Patrons can not only enjoy good music but also great food along with it. With emphasis put on individual attention to each attendee, the capacity of this place is barely over fifty. A subdued ambiance makes for a romantic atmosphere.

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