New York City's Top Live Music Clubs

Feel the beat and rock on through the night!

Live Music Clubs in NYC

Whether it’s at the many art museums or a Broadway show, you’ll find plenty of creativity when you visit New York City. Even if you’re just watching a local act, you’ll still feel the glitz of the Big Apple and the fun of a live performance.

If you’re looking for an evening of great music in the city, look no further than their music clubs! Each one hosts live music acts almost every night, so you’ll always be treated to great tunes while sipping on a delicious drink. Check out some of the best places for you to have a music-filled evening in New York City.

The Bitter End

Suppose you’re looking for a touch of classic New York City history, head over to The Bitter End. This club in Greenwich Village prides itself on being one of the oldest live music venues in the city. Since 1961, they’ve hosted some of the biggest names in music like Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga and Gavin DeGraw. Every night since, they’ve had a variety of performers take the stage and have even expanded to stand-up comics!

Despite its famous legacy, The Bitter End wants to help newcomers start performing as well. Every Monday and every other Sunday, they host jam sessions for up-and-coming artists, and you can even hear something new when you visit their acoustic open mic events on Saturdays. Whether you’re in the mood for the classics or something you’ve never heard before, you’ll find it happening at The Bitter End. 

Alyson Faith at The Bitter End New York City | WhereTraveler
Alyson Faith at The Bitter End (Courtesy Alyson Faith)

Groove

Greenwich Village is the neighborhood to be in if you’re looking for the city’s music scene. It’s always been a place for artists, and music is no exception. If you happen to be in the area on a weekday night, stop into Groove. This bar is an excellent spot for live music because their acts always offer a little bit of everything.

Each night, you’ll find artists playing any genre of music you can think of, like R&B, rock, funk and more! While you jam out, you can treat yourself to one of their specialty cocktails and traditional entrees like “The Groove Burger” and pappardelle chicken alfredo. No matter what kind of music mood you’re in, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for when you visit Groove.

Chlsea Table + Stage

Located inside the Hilton Fashion District Hotel, Chelsea Table + Stage operates as both a full-service restaurant and a live music venue. With multiple levels of space, diners can enjoy breakfast, weekend brunch and dinner at the restaurant and purchase tickets for shows that take place on the main level.

If you’re in the mood for some daytime entertainment, check the calendar for the “Badass Brunch” shows, where tickets include a $25 credit towards your food and beverage bill. Chelsea Table + Stage hosts performers from various genres, so there’s a show that’s perfect for every music lover. 

Stage at Chelsea Table + Stage New York City | WhereTraveler
Stage (Courtesy Chelsea Table + Stage)

The Flatiron Room

If you’re looking for a relaxing atmosphere with live music, The Flatiron Room is the place to be. This whiskey bar in NoMad is all about making sure your experience is comfortable yet elegant. You’ll find today’s top jazz artists performing on their stage each night, ranging from up-and-coming bands to artists who know their way around the music scene. Each song is played at a perfect volume that won’t distract you from your meal, helping to enhance your experience from the moment you sit down.

While you’re listening to the night’s act, sip on one of their in-house whiskeys that range from American, Irish and even Japanese! Complete your meal with one of their classy entrees, and you’re bound to have a night that’ll put you at ease with the first song you hear. 

The Stage at The Flatiron Room New York City | WhereTraveler
The Stage at The Flatiron Room (Courtesy The Flatiron Room)

(Le) Poisson Rouge

There’s one music club in Greenwich Village that’s sure to feel like a party. (Le) Poisson Rouge, or LPR, reflects the neighborhood's creative spirit through the variety of acts that take place on their stage. Besides live music, you’ll find stand-up comedy, drag shows and even bingo happening when you visit.

Some of the biggest names in music have performed inside its walls, like David Bryne, Tori Amos and Christina Aguilera. What makes LPR, so fun is their themed music nights. You can step inside and hear classic tunes that all come from your favorite eras and genres. Whether you like 90s hits, disco or pop divas, you’re sure to find it playing at LPR.

Harlem Nights

Don’t be fooled by its wooden exterior. Harlem Nights is always offering something beautiful inside. This bar in Harlem has a rustic flair to it thanks to its wooden decor that makes it cozy yet unique. If you want to stop in for some music, weekends and Mondays are the time to visit.

You’ll find live DJs playing the coolest beats on Friday nights, or you can hear a new voice when you listen to an open mic session on Mondays. Saturdays are for laughs, as you’ll be treated to a comedy show by some of the biggest local names. Munch on some of their classic entrees while you listen, and you’ll have one night in Harlem that you won’t forget. 

Harlem Nights Open Mic Mondays New York City | WhereTraveler
Harlem Nights Open Mic Mondays (Courtesy Harlem Nights)

Terraza 7

Latin music is always able to get you on your feet to dance, and there’s one club in Queens that will make sure that happens. Terraza 7 has been a prime destination for live music with a Latin flair. Bands and singers alike perform on their stage and create their own twist on classic genres. You’ll find Afro-Cuban jazz, flamenco and salsa music playing inside that’s sure to get you on your feet.

While you listen, feel free to order one of their craft beers or Latin dishes named after famous Latinx figures like “Gabriel Guzman Garcia” or the “Jessica Ramos Quesadilla.” If you want to be a part of the action, stop in on Saturdays for one of their flamenco workshops taught by performer Ricardo Osorio.

The Django

Located inside the Roxy Hotel, The Django offers dinner, dancing, cocktails and lively jazz music. Performances take place from 7 p.m. and feature various jazz artists on a constantly updated roster (regulars include the Ken Fowser Quintet and Mingus Big Band).

Enjoy dinner classics like the oysters Rockefeller or the mac and cheese to fuel you up for an energetic night evening, grab a cocktail or two ("The Count's Legend" and "Harlem's Manhattan" are both fine choices) and get ready for a night of music and entertainment (make sure to wear your dancing shoes). 

Live Music Stage at The Django New York City | WhereTraveler
Live Music Stage (Courtesy The Django)