B. B. King Blues Club & Grill

B. B. King Blues Club & Grill

Named after the legend of blues himself, B. B. King Blues Club is the secondary world-class establishment owned by Blue Note operators, the Bensusan Family. Catering for the maturer crowd, B. B. Kings offers a casual old-world exclusivity, amid elegant furnishings and decor that hark back to the 1940’s. With two tiers of seating available, B. B. Kings is ample enough to hold the audiences that headliners such as Greg Allman and James Brown have brought in, yet cozy enough for comfort. Equipped with the very latest in audio-visual technology; adjacent Lucille’s Grill presents a more relaxed atmosphere to enjoy …continue reading

Public Assembly

Public Assembly

Visitors to New York might feel they’re venturing off the beaten track with a trip into the heart of Brooklyn, however North 6th can be reached via train to Bedford Avenue. The cavernous lair of Public Assembly bears all the classic neon-lit atmosphere of a downtown music venue complete with exposed brick-work and corrugated roofing, however the acoustics are phenomenal. Described by locals as a music-cum-burlesque club, the range of entertainment varies considerably every night of the week. Burlesque in the case of Public Assembly actually refers to over-zealous theatrical dance troupes and eccentrically dressed Elton John impersonators, however such nights …continue reading

Mercury Lounge

Mercury Lounge

The former debut stage for New York bands like The White Stripes, the Mercury Lounge has a reputation for headlining the “next big thing”. Now part of the Bowery empire, The Mercury Lounge still draws talent from the recesses of New York’s neighborhoods, tipped by regional press to be on the brink of international stardom. While you may not have heard of many of the artists that play here, you can be assured of quality sound since every band is reviewed before they get the chance of a slot. For lovers of indie, the Mercury presents an intimate, yet funky venue …continue reading

40/40 Club

40 40 Club

Few clubs exude exclusivity prior to entry, yet Jay-Z’s unique 40/40 Club does just that. The decor is decidedly minimalistic, and the theatrical tiered seating kids you into thinking you’ve just walked onto a high-end talk-show set, yet the touches are there. Glass cabinets bearing $250 cigars; the 20-seater Cognac Room stocked with some of the most expensive brandies in the world – and perhaps most obvious, the gigantic two-sided television screens offering guests uninterrupted views of sport wherever they happen to be sitting. The 40/40 is essentially a sports bar, however the integration of the new “Club Space” has …continue reading

The Blue Note Jazz Club

The Blue Note Jazz Club

Tipped as the “world’s finest jazz club” by critics, The Blue Note has certainly showcased some prolific headliners since it’s opening in 1981. Beacons of the jazz movement who favored the old-world appeal of Blue Note have included Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. Nowadays, the club caters for both the modern and old eclectics with R & B and blues acts ranging from Lauryn Hill, to Bruce Hornsby and Bill Evans. With sweeping curtains and a dimly lit interior, Blue Note plays up to the typical ideal of a mid-50’s club complete with an intimately bijou stage …continue reading