Living Large at Artexpo without Breaking the Bank: The Artexpo Guide to the Best That New York City Has to Offer, at the Best Prices; 40 Spots to Eat Well, Catch a Show, Explore the City, or Dance the Evening Away-All without Spending a Fortune!
New York City is known for its nightlife, but high profile clubs like Studio 54 certainly aren't cheap. If you are looking to have some nighttime fun without spending a bundle, check out these inexpensive spots and catch a stage performance, jam with New York blues legends, or become your own rock 'n' roll front man with live karaoke.
28 East 23rd Street
Seasoned comedic professionals roam this New York nightclub stage. Political humor dominates the sets of these comedians, most of whom have had their shot on NBC or Comedy Central. And the best part is, there's no cover.
14S Sixth Avenue
HERE is downtown's best off-Broadway venue, offering a host of the best experimental theater in the city, including works by Elevator Repair Service, and HERE's director and founder, Kristin Marting, all for the fraction of the price of a Broadway show. Tickets are $15, or less.
41 White Street
Like a fine wine, The Flea seems only to get better with age. Obie award-winning playwright Mac Wellman frequents the Tribeca experimental theater, and tickets are only $5 to $25, and you get a free drink.
57 Grove Street at Seventh Avenue
Got the blues? Arthur's Tavern has the cure. The legendary live music venue is the home to performances of musical styles from Dixieland jazz to Chicago blues. The price won't get you down either. No cover, and the club gets so packed that the two-drink minimum is rarely enforced.
157 Avenue C, at 10th Street
The C-Note features free live music seven nights a week. Everything from jazz to bluegrass, and audience participation is always welcome and expected. The one-drink minimum is a small price to pay for the lively atmosphere and great music.
129 Eighth Street, between 16th
and 17th Streets
Featuring some of the best big-band jazz in the country, this restaurant and bar packs'em in with the infectious mix of '20s and '30s jazz classics. No cover, no problem.
95 Stanton Street, at Seventh Avenue
Want to be discovered as New York's next big rock star? You bring the voice, Arlene Grocery will supply the stage and the band. Belt out your favorite punk rock or heavy metal hits with a live band backing you. With newfound glory, use the money saved not having to pay a cover to buy drinks for your groupies.
The Baggot Inn
82 West 3rd Street, between
Thompson and Sullivan Streets
The Baggot Inn is one of the only alternative rock venues in Greenwich Village that won't force you to go for broke. With no cover Sunday through Wednesday, and small covers (between $5-$8) Thursday through Saturday, you'll have no problem spending a cheap night with the one-drink minimum.
The Living Room
84 Stanton Street, at Allen Street
The Living Room is a haven for folk artists and strolling minstrels to share their art with the crowd enjoying no cover and a one-drink minimum, which the bartenders apply with only modest pressure.
171 Ludlow Street, between
Stanton and Houston Streets
The Luna Lounge is a popular place for big-time acts to get their start. Kid Rock, The Strokes and Elliot Smith have all been caught on the Luna Stage. There are two shows nightly. Both are free.
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