It's 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are? Kids as young as 16 can get into some of the hot spots listed below, at least on certain nights. You will still need proof of age, and you will definitely be carded for alcohol.
Makor, 35 W. 67th St. at Columbus Ave. (212) 601-1000 (see events)Usually all ages
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. Subway: 1, 9 to 66th St.
O'Neill's Irish Bar, 729 3rd Ave. (btw. 45th & 46th Sts.) (212) 661-3530All ages
This traditional Irish Pub serves up Traditional Irish music every Saturday from 9pm - 1am, and Sunday from 6pm - 9pm. No cover. 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.
People's Voice Cafe, The Workman's Circle, 45 E. 33rd St. (btw. Park & Madison Aves.) (212) 787-3903All ages
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). Wheelchair accessible. Subway: 6 to 33rd St.
Postcrypt Coffeehouse, Basement of St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia U., 116th & Broadway (212) 854-1953All ages
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.
The Rodeo Bar, 375 Third Avenue at 27th St. (212) 683-6500 (see events)All ages
Live Country, Bluegrass, and Southern Rock music and food 7 nights a week. Shows start at 10pm and there's no cover or age restriction (your ID will be checked at the bar). Hours: Mon - Sat from 11:30am - 4am, Sunday until 2am. Subway: 6 to 28th St.
Roseland, 239 W. 52nd St. bet. Eighth Ave. and Broadway. (212) 247-0200 (see events)Usually all ages
Recently renovated concert club hosting mostly college style alternative rock, including They Might Be Giants and other major label artists. Big enough for those bands who can't fill the Garden, but who are too big for a club. Cover: $15-20. For concert info call the Irving Plaza box office at 212-777-6800 or Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171. Subway: C, E to 50th St.
Roulette, 228 W. Broadway at White St. (212) 219-8242All ages
This loft performance space is dedicated to providing performance opportunities for innovative, experimental music in all genres. Call or check the web site for events this season. Shows start at 8:30, admission is $10. No food or beverages are served. Subway: A, C, E to Canal St.; 1, 9 to Franklin St.
Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Ave. A at 6th St. (212) 473-7373 (see events)All ages
The home and headquarters of Anti-folk, which started out in the 80's as punk influenced acoustic music, and has since become much much more. Check the website for a more in depth description. The cafe has a full bar open noon - 4am, a 24 hour restaurant and lounge with a pool table. Shows are every night at 7:30. Every Monday they host an open mic Anti-Hootenany. No cover, 2 drink minimum. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.; 6 to Astor Pl.
S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil), 204 Varick St. at Houston St. (212) 243-4940Age 18 and up for Hip Hop shows, all others are 21 and over.
Authentic Brazilian dance spot and more. Shows include all kinds of live Latin music, plus Hip Hop, Reggae, and African. Doors usually open at 6:30pm and tickets vary between $0 - $20. Every weekend is like Carnival in Rio. Subway: 1, 9 to Houston St.
Sound Factory, 618 W. 46th St, btwn 11th and 12th Aves. (212) 489-0001Age 18 and up on Fridays
This afterhours club is exquisite. $25-$30 cover. Friday is 18 and older, Saturday is 21 and older, and both nights they play Progressive House from 11pm into the wee hours. Subway: C, E to 50th St.
Sun Music Company, 340 E. 71st St. (btw 1st & 2nd Aves.) (212) 396-9521All ages
Home to acoustic singer/songwriters of all persuasions. Come hear 4 hours of original acoustic music for only $3 at the Tuesday night open mic starting at 7:30pm (sign-ups at 7pm). On other nights shows run 8pm - 11:30ish with a cover of around $10. The venue is a 75 person capacity non-smoking house serving light refreshments. Subway: 6 to 68th St.
Tir na Nog, 5 Penn Plaza (btw. 33rd & 34th Sts.) (212) 630-0249 (see events)All ages
Irish pub with a bar made out of an old organ and live Celtic Rock, Blues, and Traditional Irish music every Friday and Saturday night at 10pm. No cover. Serving lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekend. Open 10am - 4am every day. Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 9 to 34th St.
Tonic, 107 Norfolk St. (btw. Delancey & Rivington Sts.) (212) 358-7503 (see events)Age 16 and up
This musician curated club hosts avante guarde experimental Jazz, Rock, and Electronic music Tuesday through Sunday. Box office is open 8pm - 11pm every day. Show times vary and tickets cost from $0 - $25. They have a bar and DJ shows Thursday through Saturday in the downstairs Subtonic Lounge. Subway: F to Delancey; J, M, Z to Essex St.
The Tunnel, 220 12th Ave., @ 27th St. (212) 695-4682Age 18 and up, Fri & Sat from 10pm - 8am
Five DJs in 7 rooms. Guest list closes at 12:30am. Friday is the "Evolution" glamour show. Saturday is the D-Tour show with Tribal/Progressive beats. Cover is $15 - $20. Dress code is fashionable, trendy or evening wear. Subway: C, E to 23rd St.; 1, 9 to 28th St.
Twilo, 530 W. 27th St., btwn 10th & 11th Sts. (212) 268-1600Age 18 and up, Fridays
Places to lounge if you don't wanna dance. Open Fri-Sat 11pm on, often going afterhours on Saturdays. They also host special events (call or check the website) on other days. Cover is usually $25. Subway: C, E to 23rd st.; 1, 9 to 28th St.
Two Boots Park Slope, 514 2nd St (btw. 7th & 8th Aves.), Park Slope, Brooklyn (718) 499-3253All ages
Every Friday and Saturday at 10pm this pizza joint hosts live R&B;, Hawaiian Swing, Jazz, and Rockabilly. No cover. The kitchen is open from 5pm - 12am. Subway: D, Q to 7th Ave.; 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza.
Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., btwn 3rd & 4th Aves. (212) 353-1600Age 19 and up, Friday nights
Each of the four floors is geared toward a different crowd with a different type of music. Open 10pm-5am. Visit their website for coupons (http://www.webster-hall.com/) Subway: L, N, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St.-Union Sq.
Wetlands, 161 Hudson St. near Laight St. (212) 386-3600Usually age 18 and up
Another great club featuring eclectic live bands every night, plus a downstairs lounge. They also have an environmental activism center and sponsor city events promoting a more eco-friendly outlook on the city. Shows are generally 18 and over, sometimes all ages, and the cover is usually $8 - $15. Hours: 8pm - late (2am - 4am). Subway: 1, 9 to Canal.