Bill's Place

148 West 133rd Street
new York, NY 10030
212 281 0777
billsplaceharlem.com
Hours:
F-Sa 7:30pm-12am

Cotton Club

656 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
212 663 7980
cottonclub-newyork.com
Hours:
M, F, Sa 8pm-12am; Th 9pm-12am; Brunch: Sa, Su 12pm-2:30pm

Brandy's Piano Bar

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235 East 84th Street
New York, NY 10028
212 744 4949
brandyspianobar.com
Hours:
4pm-4am Everyday
Brandy's Piano Bar

Brandy’s Piano Bar, located on a quiet Yorktown street, has been a piano bar since 1979 but has been a straight-up bar for even longer. When the current owner took over in 1985, he renovated the space and discovered the original panels that decorate the short dividing wall between the bar and the seating … read more

Bar Pleiades

20 East 76th Street
New York, NY 10021
212 772 2600
barpleiades.com
Hours:
12pm-12am Everyday

Session 73

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1359 First Avenue
New York, NY 10021
212 517 4445
session73.com
Hours:
M-Th 5pm-2am; F 5pm-4am; Sa 11:30am-4am; Su 11:30am-12am
Session 73

Session 73 is the everyman’s live music bar. With a casual vibe and bands that always get the crowd moving, the space is the essential neighborhood watering hole. Ryan Morrissey, the general manager, spoke about the bar’s origins and the reason for its success.

Corby Thomas, the owner of Session 73, … read more

Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar

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254 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
212 579 0222
sugarbarnyc.com
Hours:
Tu-W 5pm-11pm; Th-Sa 5pm-1am
Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar

When the Manhattan Sideways team walked into Sugar Bar, there was an audible reaction. It was unlike anything we had ever seen: the walls are covered in decorations and musical instruments from Africa and a roof of straw covers the full-length bar. Colorful masks adorn the doors and lights peek out of … read more

The Townhouse of New York

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236 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
212 754 4649
townhouseny.com
Hours:
Su-W 4pm-3am; Th-Sa 4pm-4am
The Townhouse of New York

Billed as “New York’s Premier Gay Gentleman’s Club,” TownHouse is home to three attractive bars: The Club Room Sports Bar, the Main Bar, and the Piano Room Bar. When it opened more than twenty years ago, TownHouse was described as the “only truly elegant gay bar” in the city, and it continues to attract … read more

Bar Basso

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235 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019
212 510 8356
Hours:
M-Sa 5pm-12am
Bar Basso

When I poked my head into Bar Basso the first time during the afternoon hours, I was immediately taken by the simple, appealing decor. After engaging in a quick conversation with one of the staff members, I knew that I needed to return in the evening to have a glass of wine and some light appetizers … read more

Terminal 5

610 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019
212 582 6600
terminal5nyc.com
Hours:
12pm-7pm Everyday
Terminal 5

Approaching the far West side of 56th, one would never know that the unmarked building with an unofficial looking “610” stamped on it is the home to one of Manhattan’s terrific concert venues. Terminal 5 resides in what appears to be an abandoned and unused warehouse, and hosts a number of concerts in … read more

Room 53 – LOST GEM

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314 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Room 53 – LOST GEM

“I started this rather by mistake,” Steve Cosh reflected about Room 53, the restaurant and performance space that he opened late in the summer of 2014. When Steve’s landlord mentioned that the commercial space was available below his apartment, he immediately imagined it remodeled, brightened and … read more