Gotham After Dark: September
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Café Wha? (115 MacDougal St. btw. Bleecker & W. 3rd. Sts., 212-254-3706) was the original stomping grounds of greats such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, and many others. More than just a historic landmark, it was recently voted “Best Live Music Venue” by Citysearch. Their legendary house band covers everything from the Beatles, the Stones, and Earth, Wind & Fire through U2, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam Wednesday through Sunday, and the club showcases New York’s best comedians early in the evening on Fridays and Saturdays. Brazooka, a terrific Brazilian band, performs Mondays, and Tuesday nights feature local R&B and funk band Dysfunktion. The club also offers a full bar and complete food menu. It opens every evening at 8:30 p.m., and the cover charge varies depending on the night.
Two bars in one venue — what more could anyone ask for? Channel 4 Irish Bar and Restaurant (58 W. 48th St. btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves., 212-819-0095), located at the heart of Rockefeller Center, is the perfect place to unwind after a day of shopping or sightseeing. How about one of the specialty cocktails, like the mint-choc-tini or the refreshing C4 Cosmo — a blend of vodka, Triple Sec, with a splash of cranberry juice and lime. It’s the perfect pick-me-up to keep you going long into the night. Irish hospitality and hand-painted murals of famous NBC personalities make this restaurant a unique experience. Hungry? Try an Irish classic like shepherd’s pie or stick to the basics with a hamburger or Caesar salad. Be sure to leave room for the Irish coffee.
Tired of dirty, smoky, cramped comedy clubs? Situated in the Meatpacking District, Comix (353 W. 14th St. at Ninth Ave., 212-524-2500) combines an uptown theater experience with a decidedly downtown attitude and modern decor to create one of the city’s hottest new comedy clubs. Co-owned by stand-up comic Bobby Collins, the spacious, elegant, and colorful Comix features nationally touring headline comedians, established New York-area comics, up-and-coming new talent, and the best of alternative, improv, and sketch comedy. The club features four bars, including two that service the showroom, and superior food.
Club Groove (125 MacDougal St. at W. 3rd St., 212-254-9393) is the only place in New York City where you can hear the best live R&B and funk music 7 nights a week! The club features incredible house bands every night at 9:30, performing favorites from Earth Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder through Mary J Blige, Usher, and Jay-Z. Club Groove has a full bar and food menu, and offers one of the best happy hours in the City — all food, all drinks for only $4. On Wed.-Sat., Groove’s happy hour showcases the best young funk & R&B bands in NYC. There is no cover charge except for Fri. & Sat. after 9:30 p.m. ($5 cover).
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Comedy Village (82 W. 3rd St. btw. Thompson-Sullivan Sts., 212-477-0130) has been home to New York’s funniest stand-up comedians for 17 years. Nightly lineup includes comedians from Comedy Central, HBO, “Chappelle’s Show,” and more, with special guests often stopping by. Boasting strong $5 martinis and hilarious acts, the Comedy Village has been hailed as a true New York comedy experience. Show times are Sunday at 9:30 & 11:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m.
Gatsby’s (53 Spring St. btw Lafayette & Mulberry Sts. 212-334-4430) is the perfect place to enjoy great food in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere with two bars and outstanding drinks: There are 14 beers on draft, over 40 bottled beers from around the world, signature cocktails (including our favorite, Gatsby’s Mint Julep), and great frozen drinks. They also feature an extensive menu, with pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and entrees like fish n’ chips and a 14-ounce NY sirloin. Sports are always shown on the big screen (there are also five plasma-screen TVs), with a DJ spinning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Tonic Bar & Grill (727 Seventh Ave. btw. 48th & 49th Sts., 212-382-1059) is a greats sports-bar destination for nightlife in Times Square. With three floors and three unique bars, Tonic will satisfy your temptations for food and drink, with 25 beers on tap, and a happy hour Mon.-Fri. from 5 to 7 p.m. Tonic also offers the latest in audio and visual entertainment with 20 big screen TVs and two video- and audio-production booths. Karaoke is featured every Sunday night at 9:30 p.m.