Top 8 Music Venues to Check Out on Your NYC Trip
Home to some of the most iconic venues in the world, New York City is a music-lover’s paradise. With so many venues to choose from, it can be tricky knowing which one to go for. We’ve compiled a list of our top 8 venues to check out for live music in NYC, giving you the latest and greatest from jazz and classical to pop and rock.
1. The Famous One – Radio City Music Hall
This grand old theatre, with high ceilings and painted walls that radiate art deco, is famed for its Rockefeller association and much-loved Christmas Spectacular. This venue is a historic landmark whose interior and atmosphere are intertwined with its legendary status. Visit their website for a calendar of events.
2. The Hipster Chic One – Mercury Lounge
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This funky, low-key cigar establishment is the number one indie-rock club in town. Described as a dream stage to perform on, this is an iconic venue boasting an impressive history. It typically hosts four bands a night, giving audiences the chance to see a whole host of fantastic up-and-coming artists up close. This joint is very popular, so get tickets in advance for bigger shows.
3. The Classic One – The New York Philharmonic
Not only does this venue host some of the world’s most renowned orchestras and artists, it also holds the eminent works of artists such as Rodin and Hadzi. The hall is vast, with soaring ceilings and spacious hallways, all decorated spectacularly. Its wonderful acoustics and magical atmosphere make the experience of any performance here a dream. View calendar of events here.
4. The Jazzy One – Birdland
If you are searching for a venue that puts on decent jazz, this is the place you want to be. Birdland has helped to keep the genre alive in midtown, becoming something of a treasure to jazz lovers all over the city and beyond. A haven of great jazz musicians with a booking history that includes the likes of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, it’s not difficult to see why this is a popular spot.
5. The One with an Interesting History – The Town Hall
Located in the heart of the city, this historic landmark has played host to reams of musical and cultural events, and continues its legendary forum status today. In honor of its political roots, the hall was designed with democracy at its core, making sure every seat in the house has a faultless view of the stage and perfect acoustics. With such prestige, this is an absolute must-visit, especially for the history buffs. View calendar of events here.
6. The One with the Excellent Ribs – Hill Country Barbecue Market
Described as a ‘love song to Texas’, Hill Country is better known for its succulent southern dishes, but this doesn’t overshadow its music scene. Below the popular restaurant, the basement hosts a lively mix of Honky-tonk bands that play until the early hours from Tuesday through to Saturday. Welcoming national touring acts, this cozy bar can get busy, especially as most shows are free.
7. The Three-Floored One – Terminal 5
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Despite being a 3000-cap venue spanning 3 floors with balconies, Terminal 5 manages to retain an intimate vibe. Its layout allows fans to choose: be up close and personal with performers, or watch from a distance. It has cleverly placed bars on each floor, so you don’t have to go far for refreshments either. You can often catch big bands and DJs here.
8. The “Sporty” One - Madison Square Garden
As popular today as it was when it opened in 1968, Madison Square Garden is predominantly known for its sports association. With a capacity of approximately 20,000, this is the largest event venue in the city. Huge names like Led Zeppelin and Beyoncé have performed at MSG, and some of the upcoming acts in 2017 include stars like Billy Joel and Ariana Grande. Located in Hell’s Kitchen, just a short walk from YOTEL, Madison Square Garden is an amazing central venue to hear great music.
So, if you're looking for some fun live music while visiting YOTEL New York, we recommend checking out these awesome music venues!