Manhattan Nightclubs

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Gotham Comedy Club, Midtown

  208 W. 23rd Street - (5th-6th Aves.) - New York, NY              
Gotham Comedy Club is New York’s newest comedy venture. This club is giving the New York comedy scene a run for its money. Gotham Comedy Club is New York City’s most elegant, upscale comedy club, dedicated to keeping patrons laughing while hosting them in a casual, yet sophisticated environment.
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Highline Ballroom, Greenwich Village+
  431 W 16th St - New York, NY              
The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure set to open in 2008 as a public open space. Running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen, it was built in the 1930s to remove dangerous trains from Manhattan’s streets. No trains have run on it since 1980. Friends of the High Line (FHL), a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. FHL is currently working with the City of New York to transform the structure into a park. The High Line south of 30th Street was donated to the City by CSX Transportation in 2005. The team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro is now at work on a design for the High Line’s public landscape. Construction began in spring 2006. The first phase (Gansevoort Street to 20th Street) is projected to open in 2008. For more information, and to see designs for the new park, please visit www.thehighline.org.
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The 40/40 Club, Midtown
  6 West 25th Street - New York, NY              
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The 40/40 Club, an all-American sports bar and lounge owned by hip hop mogul Jay-Z and partner Juan Perez (6 West 25th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway), opened its doors to the public in the Summer of 2003. Created by the three longtime friends, 40/40 is 8,000 square feet of pure sports and entertainment in an opulent lounge setting, providing a unique experience not found elsewhere in New York City.
The 40/40 Club is named after one of baseball's most prestigious achievements. A benchmark for power and speed, The 40/40 Club includes players who hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in one season. Only Barry Bonds (1996), Alex Rodriguez (1998), Jose Canseco (1988) and the newest fourth member, Alfonso Soriano (2006) can call The 40/40 Club home. The four jerseys of these men grace an area of the lounge to honor their great accomplishment.
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Lexicon, Midtown
  226 East 54th Street - New York, NY              
Branch is conveniently located on East 54th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, in the area of New York City known as Midtown East. This neighborhood stretches from 42nd Street north to 59th Street, and East of Fifth Avenue to the East River.
There is plenty to do and see right on our street, including the original Studio 54 building, The Zigfield Theatre, The Lipstick Building, The Citicorp Building, and the Gucci store.
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Cafe Wha?, Greenwich Village+
  115 Macdougal St - New York, NY              
Since the 1950s the Café Wha? has been a favorite hot spot cornered in the heart of Greenwich Village. The 60s was an impressionable and revolutionary era. Artists of the time frequented the Café Wha? as it was known to be a sanctuary for talent; Allen Ginsberg regularly sipped his cocktails here. The Café Wha? was the original stomping ground for prodigies Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. Bruce Springsteen, Peter, Paul & Mary, Kool and the Gang, as well as comedians, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby also began their road to stardom on this historic stage. The Café Wha? encompassed the Beat Generation and continues to hold tight to its spirit, entertaining all walks of life.
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Le Bar Bat, Midtown
  311 West 57th St. - New York, NY
             
Some come for our acclaimed Coastal Mediterranean cuisine. Others visit Providence take in the surroundings of the space that decades earlier was a landmark church, followed by a world-famous recording studio in which Hendrix, Sinatra, The Stones, Streisand and The Ramones created historic records. Still others frequent Providence to soak in the after work lounge vibe or to groove at one of the few remaining venues in the city where dinner and dancing are offered under one roof. http://www.lebarbat.com/
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Smalls Live Jazz, Greenwich Village+
  183 West 10th Street - New York, NY              
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Jazz is the art of expression set to music! Jazz is said to be the fundamental rhythms of human life and man’s contemporary reassessment of his traditional values. Volumes have been written on the origins of jazz based on black American life-styles. The early influences of tribal drums and the development of gospel, blues and field hollers seems to point out that jazz has to do with human survival and the expression of life. The origin of the word "jazz" is most often traced back to a vulgar term used for sexual acts. Some of the early sounds of jazz where associated with whore houses and "ladies of ill repute." However, the meaning of jazz soon became a musical art form, whether under composition guidelines or improvisation, jazz reflected spontaneous melodic phrasing.
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Copacabana, The, Midtown
  560 West 34th Street - (11th Ave.) - New York, NY              
Copacabana (often referred to as The Copa) was a famous New York City nightclub. Many entertainers, among them Danny Thomas and the comedy team of Martin and Lewis, made their debuts at the Copacabana. The 1978 Barry Manilow song "Copacabana" is named for and about the nightclub, and part of the 2003 Yerba Buena song "Guajira" is set there. The Copa was used as a setting in the films Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Tootsie, Carlito's Way and Beyond the Sea. Source
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Bowery Ballroom, The, Greenwich Village+
  6 Delancey St - New York, NY              
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The Bowery Ballroom is a music venue in the Bowery section of New York City. The structure, at 6 Delancey Street, was built just before the Stock Market Crash of 1929. It stood vacant until the end of WWII, when it became a high-end retail store. The neighborhood subsequently went into decline again, and so did the caliber of businesses occupying the space. Source
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Birdland, Midtown
  315 W 44th St - New York, NY              
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Birdland banner has been reborn in midtown. After a decade of neighborhood success on the Upper West Side, John decided to move the club back to Midtown. The new Birdland offers top-flight jazz in a world class setting, good sight lines and acoustics, elbow room, and a menu ripe with award winning Southern Cuisine.
Since the reemergence of the club, midtown Manhattan has been treated to some of the best jazz on the planet, including memorable sets by such musicians as Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Tony Williams, Mark Murphy, Diana Krall, Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield, Kevin Mahogany, Dave Holland, and Tito Puente, as well as the big bands of Chico O'Farrill, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Maria Schneider.
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Splash Club Bar Lounge, Greenwich Village+
  50 West 17th Street - Chelsea - New York, NY              
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In addition to an enormous 2,000 square foot dance floor, the club boasts a full stage (working full length shower), a state of the art lighting system, and spectacular Video Displays throughout. The ground floor is designed by Bohn and Associates, while the downstairs was designed by Bromley-Caldary Associates, both of NYC.
Over the years, the nightclub has garnered numerous awards and is recognized as the busiest nightclub in New York City. Recognition as the city’s top bar has come from: Next Magazine, HX Magazine, New York Press, The Village Voice, CityGuide and NewYorkMetro.com. Features have been in The Advocate, Out Magazine, New York Magazine, TimeOut New York, and the New York Times. The club’s space has been used as a set location for Sex & the City, The Daily Show, and documentaries. Additionally, it has been used for numerous feature films.
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Rodeo Bar, Midtown
  375 Third Ave - New York, NY              
Happy Hour everyday of the week with Lime and Strawberry Margarita's, Draft Beer Specials, and wine special's. Also try Rodeo Bar new Happy Hour Food menu with all the Rodeo treat's you have grown to love.
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Laugh Lounge nyc, Greenwich Village+
  151 Essex St New York - Manhattan - New York, NY              
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Laugh Lounge nyc returns the tradition of live comedy to the ever-more-trendy Lower East Side, home of Manhattan's original vaudeville theaters where the art of stand-up comedy originated. Laugh Lounge nyc embraces the Lower East Side's hipster incarnation with elements of the area's rich history of comedy clubs.
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Bar 13, Greenwich Village+
  121 University Pl - Greenwich Village - New York, NY              
Well known among locals and visitors alike as a lounge, a club and an oasis from your everyday. Sit down among the rooftop palms or lay low in the James Bond style martini lounge. Sip a bit before you shake your troubles away on one of our two dance floors. Internationally known DJs spin techno and house for an intimate dance experience all but disappeared from downtown. Just off the historic Union Square, turn the corner and weekly parties, drink specials and hip hop classics beckon.
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Cielo Club, Greenwich Village+
  18 Little West 12th Street - Meat Paking District - New York, NY              
Cielo Club is a state-of-the-art space in downtown ultra chick Meet Packing District.
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Jazz Standard, Midtown
  116 East 27th Street - (Lexington-Park Ave. South) - New York, NY              
Named "Best Jazz Club" by New York Magazine, Jazz Standard presents an extraordinary lineup of world-class artists, warm hospitality, perfect sound, and comfortable seating -- and earlier sets so you can drop in after work. From classic jazz to funk, R&B, bluegrass, and more, Jazz Standard presents the legendary artists of today and the brightest stars of tomorrow. Plus, Jazz Standard serves Blue Smoke's award-winning barbecue and a great selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Whether you're a jazz aficionado or a budding fan, visit us at Jazz Standard for a fun and memorable evening filled with soulful music and mouthwatering barbecue.
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The Comic Strip Live, Upper East Side
  1568 Second Ave. - (81st-82nd Street) - New York, NY              
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The first time Eddie Murphy came into the club, he was only 18 and had a little too much attitude. A few days later, he apologized and we gave him a shot. Saturday Night Live soon followed and the rest is show biz history. Eddie in turn discovered Chris Rock at The Comic Strip one night. Rolling Stone magazine recently described Rock's career as "ballistic." Like so many acts, television Superstar Jerry Seinfeld worked for many years at the Comic Strip. Everybody called Seinfeld "Doctor Comedy" because there wasn't a bit Jerry couldn't fix. Paul Reiser was asked by a fellow Comic Strip performer to accompany him to a film audition. The Director asked Paul if he wanted to read for the part as well. He did and got the part! That film was "Diner" and it launched Paul's illustrious career.
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Stand-Up NY Comedy Club, Upper West Side
  236 West 78th Street - New York, NY              
The New York Times: "A handsomely appointed 175-seat club offers mainstream style and stand-up humor by rising talents, many of whom have been on Letterman and The Tonight Show". Drop-ins include Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams.