We love live music and especially 'soul' so we scoured the Internet to find a club in NYC that would suit two visitors from the UK. Found this place and went to the open mic night one Sunday.
We booked in advance (essential). Arriving at 8.45pm, there was already a queue. The fascinating mix of tourists, locals, students and singers (plus supporters) set the tone for the evening - and this was outside the club!
Once inside, you are seated and you can order food/ drinks. If you are a couple, you will end up sharing a table. If you're 4 or more, probably not. The show kicked off with a new singer every few minutes. Style - mainly soul but the occasional person did blues and some acoustic stuff. Everyone was great and our iPhones filled up with videos. The audience were up for it all and very supportive. By the way,they say this is the best house band in NYC. As an amateur myself - I agree. They guys really can play anything just from hearing a few notes. No sheet music, no pre- warning. They just jam along with anything. Great.
There's no dance floor (at least not when we went) but feel free to nod along and express yourself any other way you like.
For the $15 cover, this was one of the best value nights out you can have. It's a 2 drink minimum - but that's not an issue if you are from the UK.
Like all these clubs, don't expect luxury or a picturesque venue - but do expect a great night out and a well organised show. If you are visiting from the UK and aren't sure - think Camden and the Jazz Cafe (but more intimate). Have a great time.
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