Greenwich Village clubs and nightlife: Jazz and comedy venues

Discover the best places for a night out in Greenwich Village, including storied jazz club the Blue Note, the famed Comedy Cellar, Le Poission Rouge and more.

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Greenwich Village may be small, but it offers a wealth of New York nightlife options. Find some of New York's best live-music venues the Blue Note and Le Poisson Rouge, as well as the Comedy Cellar—a great place to catch a suprise appearance by a big-name comedian in an intimate setting.

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Blue Note

  • Price band: 4/4
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The Blue Note prides itself on being "the jazz capital of the world." Bona fide musical titans (Cecil Taylor, Charlie Haden) rub against hot young talents (the Bad Plus), while the close-set tables in the club get patrons rubbing up against each other. The Late Night Groove series and the Sunday brunches are the best bargain bets.

  1. 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
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Le Poisson Rouge

  • Price band: 1/4
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Situated in the basement of the long-gone Village Gate—a legendary performance space that hosted everyone from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix—Le Poisson Rouge was opened in 2008 by a group of young music enthusiasts with ties to both the classical and indie-rock worlds. In addition to their adult offerings, the club also regularly hosts the popular Baby Loves Disco dance party.

  1. 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
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Comedy Cellar

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Claustrophobes, beware: It gets crowded down here, especially on weekends, thanks to the immense popularity of this Village standby. Big names from Louis CK to Aziz Ansari will just drop by for a set and on any given night, you can expect to see other local greats whose acts are more X-rated than at other clubs (and who will distract you from your bachelorette-partying neighbors).

  1. 117 MacDougal St, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
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Madame X

  • Price band: 2/4

She to he: “If you’re married, we can try the back room.” Everything is bordello red, including the velvet trim on the bar. Drinks have names like Pussy Galore (Malibu, crème de banana liqueur, mango nectar, sour mix and OJ). Smooth R&B beats add fuel to the flame. Just another night at Madame X.

  1. 94 W Houston St, between La Guardia Pl and Thompson St, 10012
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Greenwich Village Comedy Club

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Al Martin, the longtime owner of both the New York Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club, follows the same basic tenets of those ventures in his new room—an intimate basement space below an Indian restaurant. Though a few pillars in the 60-seat venue interfere with sight lines, the pub grub, extensive cocktail selection and long list of stars who just might do a spot while passing through town are drawing crowds every night. Regulars include staples Christian Finnegan, Marina Franklin and Tom Shillue.

  1. 99 MacDougal St, between Bleecker St and Minetta Ln , 10012
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Café Wha?

  • Price band: 2/4

Somehow, the place is still open, running on the fumes of its illustrious past as a ’60s beatnik-and-incipient-hippie hangout. Ginsberg and Dylan lingered, Hendrix and Havens played, and what remains is history—and tourists. The decent house band cranks out live rock, funk and R&B for an enthusiastic bunch (Wednesday to Sunday, after 9pm). And if you’re hungry, Mamoun’s Falafel is right next door.

  1. 115 MacDougal St , between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
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Sullivan Room

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Where’s the party? It’s right here in this unmarked subterranean space, which hosts some of the best deep-house, tech-house and breaks bashes the city has to offer. It’s an utterly unpretentious place, but hell, all you really need are some thumpin’ beats and a place to move your feet, right? Keep a special lookout for the nights hosted by local stalwarts Sleepy & Boo.

  1. 218 Sullivan St, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
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Favela Cubana

  • Price band: 2/4

The sounds and flavors of Brazil and Cuba unite at this recent Greenwich Village addition. Diners can perch on repurposed conga drums at the bar, and sip from an extensive menu of caipirinhas and mojitos—one version swaps orange and basil for the traditional lime and mint combination. Dig into binational dishes such as ropa vieja (braised beef with olives, onions and peppers). A small stage in the back hosts live musicians playing in styles such as forró and pagode.

  1. 543 La Guardia Pl, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
  2. Average main course: $18. Cash only
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