Bars and Restaurants with Live Music on the Upper West Side

  Last modified on July 30th, 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.

Live Sunday Jazz Brunch at Tartina! #lovesundayBrunch #liveJazz #SundayBrunch

Posted by Tartina Restaurant NYC on Sunday, April 22, 2018



503 Columbus Ave

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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Posted by ProhibitionNYC on Monday, April 9, 2018


Cleopatra’s Needle

2485 Broadway

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.



2751 Broadway

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.

Jimmy Cobb Quartet with Peter Bernstein, George Cables and John Webber tonight!7pm, 9pm & 10:30pm 212-8646662Don't miss Jimmy's 87's Birthday Celebration!

Posted by SMOKE Jazz Club on Sunday, January 24, 2016


The West End Lounge

955 West End Ave

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!

Guys. Jazz-Funk Video Game Theme Songs. Just rapping the first set now, plenty of time to catch the second one. Get here now.

Posted by The West End on Friday, September 11, 2015


Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar

668 Amsterdam Ave

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.

Talia’s Steakhouse


Sugar Bar

254 West 72nd Street

Sugar Bar is owned by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the performance duo known as Ashford & Simpson.

Ashford himself performs here on Tuesdays at 8pm, and Wednesdays from 8-11pm, you can hear Electrikana.

You can expect to enjoy a lot of blues and jazz at Sugar Bar, as do many of their celebrity guests!


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Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking iPhone photos for @ilovetheupperwestside.
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