- By Kevin
- On May 25, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Best Concert Hall: Carnegie Hall. There’s a reason every musician dreams of playing here someday. The acoustics are exquisite, the look of the place lovely, and the ghosts of stars past ever-so-friendly.
Best Jazz Club
The Village Vanguard. It's the real thing. All of the greats have performed here, and because of the Vanguard’s savvy bookers, this is where the current generation’s stars (often up-and-coming) play, too.
Best Rock Bar/Club
Mercury Lounge. The ideal live-music rock 'n roll bar. Top talent, just the right amount of grit.
Best Children’s Theater
The New Victory Theater. Savvy programmers bring in the top children’s productions from around the globe, from circus shows to plays to dance and performance art works.
Best Comedy Club
Upright Citizens Brigade. The brilliance of the performers here, who are walking the tightrope of making up everything as they go along, will blow you away.
Best Cocktail Bar
Death & Co. This one’s a close race, because the bartenders at this joint, Pegu Club, PDT, The Shanty, and Employees Only are friendly and swap recipes. But I’m going out on a limb to say that the cocktails here are both the most balanced and the most inventive.
PDT. Hidden behind a secret-panel in the phone booth of a hot dog stand, PDT (it stands for Please Don’t Tell) serves some of the most expertly (and creatively) mixed cocktails in the city, in a hidden space that feels oh-so-exclusive.
Best Dive Bar
Dublin House. Need a shot of whiskey at 10am in a place where no one will bat an eye? Head to this old-fashioned Irish pub that started life as a speakeasy in the 1920's (and doesn't look like it's been renovated since the 1960's).
The Shanty. The cocktails here are made with liquors distilled on site, along with artisanal brands from around the globe. Grab a perfectly mixed Dorothy Parker gin martini, sit back, and enjoy life.
Bemelman's at the Hotel Carlyle. It’s not a cheap experience, but enjoying an excellent jazz trio, Manhattan in hand, in this hoity toity watering hole, is one of those experiences that seem taken right from a Woody Allen movie. Classic.
The Monster. Sure, the overall scene is hotter in Hell’s Kitchen than it is in the Village nowadays. But men have rediscovered this classic Village bar in the last 3 years, and are flocking to its weekend tea dances and second-floor piano bar.