Bars and Restaurants with Live Music on the Upper West Side

  Last modified on October 8th, 2018

There are some great spots to enjoy live music on the Upper West Side. Of course, you can go to Lincoln Center or the Beacon Theater, but there are also some intimate settings, perhaps more commonly associated with downtown neighborhoods like the east and west village.  But, we have them too!  Enjoy!


1034 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of 111th Street)

This authentic Italian restaurant hosts a cool jazz brunch every Sunday! The lead musician is Pasquale Grasso, a Jazz guitarist straight from Italy (he’s as authentic as the food!). The Morningside Heights restaurant has quickly grown a reputation for great food and an extremely friendly staff.


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503 Columbus Ave (between 84th and 85th Streets)

Go to Prohibition to enjoy live music every night, including a Monday open mic night which was rated as the best in New York.

They have a busy dance floor; it’s a very lively atmosphere and also a great neighborhood singles bar.

Frequent performers include The Gilford’s and The Doyle Brothers.


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Cleopatra’s Needle

2485 Broadway (between 92nd and 93rd Streets)

This Upper West Side restaurant comes with live jazz every night!

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the music commences at 8pm.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7pm.

Early start on Sundays at 4pm!

Well known for their jazz “jam sessions”.

They also have very good happy hour deals.

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2751 Broadway (between 105th and 106th Streets)

Smoke Jazz and Supper Club is one of the most iconic and influential jazz clubs of NYC. The room is intimate and cozy with room for about fifty people.  It’s undeniably a very cool place.

Some of Smoke’s notable performers have included Wynton Marsalis and Hank Jones.

The food is also great! Lead by renowned chef Patricia Williams, some yummy menu items include their fried oysters, braised short ribs and white truffle chicken.


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The West End Lounge

955 West End Ave (107th Street)

The West End Lounge is a really cool Upper West Side bar with a back room that has sizzling performances!

They have their own house band, the R.U.M. House Band, which performs every Tuesday during happy hour.

You can find a nice eclectic mix of performances at The West End Lounge.

Each night of the week is a different theme. Monday is their Campy Cabaret in which the performer recreates TV musical episodes and 90s movie musicals. And Wednesday is karaoke night! And, “Tucked Up Thursdays” is a weekly drag show beginning at 11pm.

Plus, this bar has $4 PBR tall boys!



Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar

668 Amsterdam Ave (between 92nd and 93rd Streets)

Talia’s is a Kosher steakhouse offering live music Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

This is a more laid-back, mellow atmosphere. With the kind of performances you can enjoy with your steak!

On Tuesday nights they have a soft classical rock guitarist named James Gedeon.

Thursday nights are for jazz and blues.

And on Saturdays, they open one hour after Sabbath and keep rocking until 4AM! One performer you can expect to find is Sami Eldebs, who you can check out here.

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