Top 10 NYC Music Venues

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The Beacon Theatre is located at 2124 Broadway New York, NY 10023 in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It seats 2,894 people and opened in 1929 originally as a forum for vaudeville acts, musical productions, drama, opera, and movies.  Past performances include: Michael Jackson, Queen, Madame Butterfly, Radiohead and even the Dalai Lama himself.

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The Cutting Room is located on 44 East 32nd Street New York, NY and seats over 1,000 people.  It was opened by Berklee College of Music graduate Steve Walter and Sex and the City star Chris Noth.  The Cutting Room is one of the most unique and artistic venues in the city – something you don't want to miss.  With a full, delicious food and drink menu, a wide variety of performers, an absolutely GORGEOUS space AND a Gibson Electric Guitar chandelier, you cannot go wrong.


Want the authentic Jazz experience? Want to feel like you are sitting in  a 1920's speakeasy, sitting just a few feet away from Dizzy Gillespie or Louis Armstrong? Go to Smalls. This tiny venue at the bottom of one long flight of stairs in Greenwich Village hosts some of the best jazz musicians in the world every night until 'til the "wee hours of the morning." i.e.: 4 a.m. It is located at 183 West 10th St New York, NY 10014 and the cover averages approximately $10 depending on the time you go.  We said tiny; this venue seats 60 people maximum.


Imagine yourself with a picnic basket in one hand and blanket in the other at dusk.  The air is warm, the band is doing sound check and you and your friends are picking the best spot in Central Park to see your favorite band.  It's summer in New York and it's Summer Stage!  Summer Stage is an annual, free performing arts summer festival that was founded in 1986. The festival takes place in parks throughout the five boroughs of New York.  And did we mention… it's free?

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If you are looking for an intimate space to listen to up-and-coming singer/songwriters, this is it.  Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan this small venue (130 seats) literally feels like you are in the artist's living room.  With pristine sound, flirtatious cocktails and a mere $10 cover, you are bound to have an entertaining evening.

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The Highline Ballroom is located on 431 West 16th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue in Chelsea, Manhattan.  It seats 400 people and has a capacity of 700 people. It is a Jazz and Blues club and official venue for the BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL in June. Highline Ballroom also functions as a Nightclub with a DJ and hip-hop music.

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7. City Winery

Come say hi to us at the InterExchange Office in the afternoon and then walk across the street to this incredible venue in SoHo.  Have a refreshing glass of wine and get inspired by the musical performers. City Winery seats 250 people and can host 500 standing.

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Radio City Music Hall opened in 1932 and sets 5,933 people. There is additional seating in the orchestra pit if necessary bringing the capacity to 6,015 people. Popular performers at the Music Hall are: the Rockettes and Cirque de Soleil.  It has also hosted a number of television shows and sporting events. The great stage designed by Peter Clark resembles a setting sun. The theater also boasts the largest pipe organ for a theater called the "Mighty Wurlitzer"

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Barbès is a bar and performance space located in the South Slope part of Brooklyn. It is owned and operated by two French musicians and long-time Brooklyn residents. Barbès stresses cultural variety with an eclectic music collection that ranges from the Lebanese diva Asmahan to Mexican bandas, Venezuelan joropos and Romanian brass bands.  The bar has one of the best selections of Single Malt Scotch in the city, as well as twelve beers on draft, top notch Tequilas, Slivovitz, Pastis cocktails, Japanese Single Malt, Italian digestive and an extensive choice of bottled beer.  The performance space is in an intimate (capacity of 60 people) back room that hosts regular events in music and film.


"The Met" is a true New York experience; all visitors must attend. Founded in 1883, The Metropolitan Opera is in its 129th season. Also, please note that you can purchase "rush tickets"  the day of the show ($20 on weekdays and $25 on the weekend) by arriving two hours before curtain call.

Ani Kington By

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.

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