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Gotham After Hours: Music and Cocktails in the City That Never Sleeps

April 20, 2009 - by City Guide

From torch-song cabarets to cutting-edge dance clubs, from neighborhood bars to velvet-rope lounges, plus world-class comedy clubs and establishments with all manner of live entertainment, New York City is a world capital of nightlife. Here you can find libations from beer and wine to elaborate cocktails and high-end champagne, often accompanied by great food.

Stop into Heartland Brewery and you’ll see that it isn’t just beer that’s brewing at New York’s first American-style brewpub. The relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to kick back and relax, and the five locations make it easy to escape the rush of the city. Sample one of the many unique brewed beers, try a tasty martini, or have one of the appetizers, like the mini bison burgers. And located next door to the Times Square location is the newest member of the Heartland Brewery, HB Burger, which serves nine specialty burgers and “hard shakes,” which are definitely not for kids! 35 Union Square at 16th St., 212-645-3400; 127 W. 43rd St. btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves., 646-366-0235; South Street Seaport, 93 South St. at Fulton St., 646-572-2332; 350 Fifth Ave. at 34th St. in the Empire State Bldg., 212-563-3433; 1285 Sixth Ave. at 51st St., 212-582-8244; heartlandbrewery.com

Voted a top-rated comedy club by the Daily News and best comedy club in NYC by NY Press, Gotham Comedy Club is one of the city’s most elegant and upscale venues. It hosts seven shows a week with today’s top talent, such as Lewis Black and Colin Quinn. Even legends like Jerry Seinfeld drop in on occasion. Upcoming performers include Colin Quinn (4/30-5/3) and Greg Giraldo (5/7-10). 208 W. 23rd St. btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves., 212-367-9000; gothamcomedyclub.com

A throwback to the fabled days of New York nightclubs, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill features top-caliber music stars and soul-accented entrees. The Showcase Room has video screens and state-of-the-art sound, a bar, and a dance floor. In addition to the Saturday Beatles Brunch featuring Strawberry Fields and the Sunday Gospel Brunch, upcoming performers include: Del the Funky Homosapien (4/29); Boyz II Men (5/7-8); Etta James and the Roots Band (5/11-13). 237 W. 42nd St. btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves., 212-997-4144; bbkingblues.com

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