Live Music

Village Vanguard

Village Vanguard

Okay, we understand this is one of the most famous jazz clubs in the world, but is that any reason to completely take advantage of…

Superfine

Superfine

They weren’t kidding about that whole bridge thing. DUMBO is indeed under an overpass, its span spreading a shadow over everything in the thin gully…

The Slipper Room

The Slipper Room

Have you ever walked into a party and realized you were in the wrong place? You know, that feeling that everyone knows each other. You…

Session 73

Session 73

The bar that represented everything that is wrong and evil about the UES, The Yorkville Brewery, is no longer. In its place comes what is…

Roseland Ballroom

Roseland Ballroom

[CLOSED] We’ve been here for tons of concerts over the years. This is one of the biggest–if not the biggest–venues in New York City. It’s…

Rodeo Bar

Rodeo Bar

[CLOSED] Apparently this is one of the biggest country and western bars in New York City. To the casual observer it looks like a bizarre…

Prohibition

Prohibition

It is rare for Mr. Hipster to review a place in which he has never been (there’s a first for everything.) In this case, though,…

Parkside Lounge

Parkside Lounge

I’m not certain when in its lifecycle a bar officially becomes a dive. I mean built as new establishments none aspire to dive status do…

The Parlour

The Parlour

Apparently there is a restaurant attached to this Irish bar. We had no idea. That aside, this bar is actually a decent facsimile of an…

Nightingale Bar

Nightingale Bar

[CLOSED] Addendum [cuz things change] This place is still apparently called Nightingale, but is now a snoozy lounge, and not the dive it once was……

Mercury Lounge

Mercury Lounge

Somehow I’d never seen a show here in all my time in NYC. I’ve also never been to CBGB’s, but my time for that is…

Matchless

Matchless

Brunch is supposed to be eaten at nice white tables on a sunny garden patio with stemware and fruit juice mixed with bubbly alcohol. There…

Knitting Factory

Knitting Factory

[CLOSED at this location] If you are a fan of jazz or cool alternative music, then you have probably been to this small, legendary club….

Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza

Crap, I’ve seen a bunch of shows here. They’ve ranged from horrendously boring (Elliott Smith), to terrifically danceriffic (The Dismemberment Plan & Soul Coughing), to…

Harrison’s

Harrison’s

[CLOSED] 355 Amsterdam Ave. Addendum [hey, things change] Apparently Saturday nights are all about the music at this joint. Dueling acoustic guitarists sing down- home…

Gotham Hall

Gotham Hall

There are all sorts of these venues in Manhattan that used to be something else and are now used for big, blow-out parties with music…

Cutting Room

Cutting Room

Hipsters by the dozen gather in this funky space to watch acts on the periphery of the periphery. The fact that the joint is co-owned…

Cameo

Cameo Gallery

There are more music spaces these days in Williamsburg than there are ironic mustaches on the M train. Even semi-hidden ones like this one. Squirrelled…

Bowery Ballroom

Bowery Ballroom

Nothing says indie rock like the Bowery. (Nothing says stale piss quite like it either.) The Bowery Ballroom is indie and punk and experimental and…

The Bitter End

The Bitter End

If you haven’t had a friend from high school’s band play here (or a friend’s friend), then you haven’t truly lived. Mecca to the unsigned…

Back Fence Bar

Back Fence Bar

[CLOSED] Where horrible folk singers go to die — or at least suffer a little while trying to croon over the din of drunken frat…

9C

9C

[CLOSED] Nothing makes you feel more like a local than hanging in a bar that has absolutely no right existing. 9C is that kind of…