Globally recognised as one of the entertainment capitals of the world, New York City buzzes with energy and creativity. But with so many different neighbourhoods inside its five boroughs, it might be difficult to know which part of the city to stay in let alone where to head to when night falls.
So I’ve put together this guide to some of the best entertainment venues in the city.
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Sample the Diversity of New York’s Live Music Scene
Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancy Street)
Since opening its doors in 1998, The Bowery Ballroom has been widely recognised as the city’s best music venue, showcasing a diverse mix of rising indie-rock bands.
With its intimate 500-person capacity, fantastic acoustics, relaxing downstairs lounge area, and reasonably priced drinks, it’s thoroughly deserving of its long-standing reputation.
It’s on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a neighbourhood that has recently undergone substantial gentrification and is now considered one of the city’s trendiest areas, with a multitude of indie boutiques, cozy cafés, and chic restaurants.
Village Vanguard (178 Seventh Ave South)
They say that jazz is the soundtrack to New York City, so you cannot come here without sampling some of the city’s best. With a 70-year history of showcasing top jazz performers in a small basement area with outstanding acoustics, Village Vanguard is one of the coolest jazz venues in New York.
It’s in quaint and quirky Greenwich Village, New York’s bohemian enclave and one of the city’s most charming and desirable residential neighbourhoods.
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Barbès (376 9th Street, Brooklyn)
Owned and operated by two French musicians and long-term Brooklyn residents, Barbès hosts an eclectic mix of musical events from indie rock to progressive jazz, West African funk and Slavic soul.
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Catch a Major NYC Sporting Event
Madison Square Garden (4 Penn Plaza)
The world’s most famous Arena is THE place to see a huge variety of major sporting events in the city, from basketball and hockey to ice shows, circuses, and professional wrestling. Big name music acts such as The Cure, Iron Maiden, and Ellie Goulding are also lined up to play here in 2016.
You’ll find Madison Square Garden in Midtown, the geographical and symbolic centre of Manhattan. Midtown is home to some of the city’s tallest buildings and most iconic landmarks, including Times Square and The Empire State Building.
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Lincoln Center (70 Lincoln Center Plaza)
There are many options for witnessing all manor of performing arts in New York, but Lincoln Center stands out as one of the cornerstones of the city’s culture.
The massive 16.3 acre complex houses 29 individual indoor and outdoor performance spaces, and its calendar of events includes theatre productions, film screenings, music, dance, and opera, as well as high profile media events and movie premieres.
Lincoln Center (along with many other theatres) is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
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Without a doubt New York is one of the greatest cities in the world when it comes to entertainment, music, and nightlife. From blues to Beethoven, the city that never sleeps has it covered.