Live music playing in a bar can be great or it can be really, really not great. Don’t leave anything to chance, choose one of these sure-fire live-music bars for your night out in SoHo.
Karaoke might not technically qualify as live music, but a couple of drinks at this teeny-tiny bar on Lafayette Street will get even the most karaoke-phobic traveler belting out ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. The incredibly narrow space is always packed with a beer-drinking crowd, whooping and applauding, no matter who is holding the mic.
What better pairing is there on a summer’s evening than rooftop views and live music? At Azul on the Rooftop at the Hotel Hugo, guests lounge on comfy couches, taking in a sweeping view of Downtown Manhattan. Cocktails are bright and tropical – try the Lady Liberty Moonshine (Belle Isle Honey Habanero, Leblon Cachaça, passionfruit and pineapple-orange agave syrup) – and go down particularly well during Sunday’s Cuban night, when Grupo Irek keep the crowd in high spirits. During the off-season, the show moves indoors to the Bar Hugo.
What was once an old mechanic shop is now Antique Garage, a Mediterranean restaurant marrying meze with jazz. The dark, brick-lined space more closely resembles an extravagant apartment: gaudy chandeliers hang from the ceiling and funky, mismatched plates grace each table. You can catch some live jazz almost every day – evening performances start at 7pm and musical weekend brunches get going at 12.30pm. If you love a bit of Jazz, check out the other great jazz clubs in New York.
Our debut short film, The Soul of Soho, explores neighborhoods separated by oceans, history and culture but united by craft community and change. Neighborhoods bound by one name: Soho. Intimate portraits of city living in the Sohos of London, New York and Hong Kong reveal rich stories of the people who bring life to these iconic neighborhoods. Explore Soho here.
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