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Kate Kearney's251 E. 50th St. (btw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.) (212) 935-2045
Irish Bar/Restaurant serving up live Traditional Irish and Irish Country music Wed - Sat nights. Open Mon - Sat from 11am - 4am, and Sun from 5pm - 4am. No cover. Ages 21 and over. Subway: E, F to Lexington Ave.; 6 to 51st St.
Kenny's Castaways157 Bleeker St. (btw. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.) (212) 473-9870
This bar has live music 7 nights a week. Come hear Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Fusion bands for $5 or less, and check out the VIP lounge upstairs. Ages 21 and over. Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, Q to W. 4th St.
The Kitchen512 W. 19th St. (btw. 10th & 11th Aves.) (212) 255-5793
"The Kitchen is an interdisciplinary laboratory for visionary emerging and established artists." Come see performances and gallery installations of music, dance, video, digital media and internet culture. The gallery is free and open Tues - Sat from 2pm - 6pm, and on performance days one hour before show time and during intermission. All ages. Subway: C, E to 23rd St.
Knitting Factory (see events)74 Leonard St. (btw. Broadway & Church St.) (212) 219-3055
Wide ranging musical tastes continue to drive the beat at the Knitting Factory. Cutting Edge music combined with great acoustic performances make this place a favorite. There are three performance spaces: the Knitting Factory, the KnitActive Sound Stage, and the Old Office. Cover: $8 and up. All ages, but you need ID to drink. Subway: A, C, E, N, R, 6 to Canal St.; 1, 9 to Franklin St.
La Belle Epoque827 Broadway (btw. 12th & 13th Sts.) (212) 254-6436
Fine french dining and live zydeco music make a great date. Wed - Sun from 6pm - 11ish, plus a jazz brunch on Saturday and Sunday. All ages. Subway: L, N, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St. Union Sq.
Latin Quarter2551 Broadway at 96th St. (212) 864-7600
This bar/dance hall has live Salsa, Merengue and more from 9pm - 4am, Thursday - Sunday. Cover is $0 - $20. Women must be 21 to enter, men must be 23 or older. Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9 to 96th St.
Le Bar Bat (see events)311 W. 57th St. (btw. 8th & 9th Aves.) (212) 307-7228
A multi-level club with nightly live bands of all kinds, plus a restaurant and a dance club with DJs. Hours: 5pm - 4am every night, restaurant closes at midnight. Cover: $10 weeknights, $15 on Thursdays, and $20 on the weekend. Ages 21 and over. Subway: A, C, B, D, 1, 9 to 59th St.
Lion's Den (see events)214 Sullivan St. (btw. Bleeker & W. 3rd St.) (212) 477-2782
Live music every night starting at 8pm. Cover charge is around $10. Ages 18 and older can get in with ID, but as always, you must be 21 to drink. Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, Q to W. 4th St.
The Living Room (see events)84 Stanton St. at Allen St. (212) 533-7235
All ages acoustic cafe. No cover ($5 suggested donation), 1 drink minimum. They have a light menu. Hours: Mon - Fri from 6pm - 1am, Sat & Sun from noon - 3am. Subway: J, M, Z to Essex St.
Luna Lounge171 Ludlow St. (btw. Houston & Stanton Sts.) (212) 260-2323
Multiple bands every night from Tuesday - Sunday, no cover. They have comedy on Monday nights for $7 starting at 8pm. Hours: 7:30pm - 4am every night. Ages 21 and over. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.
Madame X94 W. Houston St. (btw. LaGuardia Pl. & Thompson St.) (212) 539-0808
Lounge open 5pm - 4am during the week and 6pm - 4am on Saturday and Sunday. There's free live Jazz Sun - Wed from 7pm - 11pm, and DJs Thursday through Saturday ($5 after 10pm). Ages 21 and over. Subway: B, D, F, Q to Broadway-Lafayette; 6 to Bleeker.
Madison Square Garden (see events)Seventh Ave. and 33rd Street. (212) 465-6000
Madison Square Garden has been called America's premier entertainment facility. Apart from rock concerts, the Garden hosts many sporting events and exhibitions, and the odd political party convention. Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 9 to 34th St.
Makor (see events)35 W. 67th St. at Columbus Ave. (212) 601-1000
Makor is a Jewish Cultural Center with a live music cafe where all different kinds of bands come and play (check their online calendar). Some shows are free, some not, and they are usually all ages. Subway: 1, 9 to 66th St.
Meow Mix269 Houston St. at Suffolk St. (212) 254-0688
"The hottest chick bar in New York" has live bands and DJ parties every night. Live music runs from Punk to Folk and the cover runs from $5 - $10. Hours: 5pm - 4am weekdays, 3pm - 4am on the weekend. Ages 21 and over. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.
Mercury Lounge (see events)217 Houston St. at Essex St. (212) 260-4700
Bands play in a simple brick space with a great sound system at the back of the bar. The music is mostly Indie Rock and Pop. Box office hours: 12 - 7pm Mon-Sat, shows start at 7pm. Cover is around $7 - $15 and it is usually ages 21 and over only. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.; J, M, Z to Essex St.
Nell's246 W. 14th St. (btw. 7th & 8th Aves.) (212) 675-1567
DJ and live music every night. Cuban on Wed, Reggae on Thur, Jazz/International on Fri, and Kareoke on Sun. Dress code is "dressy casual." Hours: every night from 10pm - 4am, except Monday (6pm - 12am) and Wednesday (9pm - 3am). Cover: $15 Thur - Sat, $10 Sun - Wed. Ages 21 and over. Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 9 to 14th St.
Nuyorican Poet's Cafe236 E. 3rd St. (btw. Aves B & C) (212) 505-8183
For 25 years the Nuyorican has been building a community of artists from outside the mainstream American arts culture. They showcase work ranging from spoken word and poetry to film, theater, HipHop and live music. Among other shows they have a HipHop, poetry, jazz jam session on the first Wednesday of every month ($10) and Latin Jazz every Thursday at 10pm ($5). Subway: F to 2nd Ave.
Oak Room59 W. 44th St. (btw. 5th & 6th Aves.) (212) 840-6800
The famous Algonquin Hotel hosts what has been called the top cabaret in New York City. Tues - Sat at 9pm as well as Fri & Sat at 11:30pm. $50 plus $15 food/beverage minimum for the show. Early shows on the weekend also come with a $50 prix fix dinner. Call ahead for reservations. All ages. Subway: B, D, F, Q to 42nd St.
O'Neill's Irish Bar729 3rd Ave. (btw. 45th & 46th Sts.) (212) 661-3530
This traditional Irish Pub serves up Traditional Irish music every Saturday from 9pm - 1am, and Sunday from 6pm - 9pm. No cover. All ages (21 to drink). For good food and beer without the music, come any other time they're open: M - F from 10am - 4am, Sat from 11am - 4am, Sun from noon - 1am. Subway: E, F to Lexington; 6 to 51st St.
Orange Bear47 Murray St. (btw. Church St. & W. Broadway) (212) 566-3705
Live music every night. On Tuesday & Wednesday they usually have acoustic bands, and Thursday - Saturday they have electric bands of various kinds. They also have open mic sessions all night Monday and Saturday from 6pm - 9pm, and poetry readings every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 4pm - 6pm. Sometimes there is a $3 - $5 cover. Ages 21 and over. Subway: A, C, 1, 2, 3, 9 to Chambers St.
Paddy Reilly's Music Bar519 2nd Ave. at 29th St. (212) 686-1210
This Irish pub has live music every night, ranging from Traditional Irish jam "Seisiuns" during the week to Celtic Rock on Friday and Saturday. Weekend cover is $5. Bar hours are 10:30am - 4am every day. Ages 21 and over. Subway: 6 to 28th St.
People's Voice CafeThe Workman's Circle, 45 E. 33rd St. (btw. Park & Madison Aves.) (212) 787-3903
Alternative coffee house featuring live folk music ala Woody Guthrie, Malvina Reynolds and Pete Seeger every Saturday at 8pm from late September through late May. They also sell homebaked goodies, coffee, tea, and juice and have a table set up for political literature, petitions and events. $10 cover, $7 for Workamn's Circle or People's Voice members, and $5 for seniors and people on strike. Volunteers get in for free (call 718-639-5969 to volunteer). All ages. Wheelchair accessible. Subway: 6 to 33rd St.
Pete's Candy Store709 Lorimer St. (btw. Richardson & Frost Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718) 302-3770
This Williamsburg bar has toasted sandwiches and different kinds of live music every night. No cover. Ages 21 and over. Open Sun - Tues from 5pm - 2am and Wed - Sat from 5pm - 4am. Subway: L to Lorimer St.
Postcrypt CoffeehouseBasement of St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia U., 116th & Broadway (212) 854-1953
This University coffeehouse has been hosting amateur and professional acoustic musicians and storytellers since 1964. Shows are Friday and Saturday from 9pm - 12:30am during the school year. Admission is free and all are welcome. They sell an assortment of beverages and homemade treats. Subway: 1, 9 to 116th St.