425 Lafayette St., New York, New York (4th St. & Astor Pl.)
This East Village nightclub slash cabaret is a fashionable downtown venue with live musical entertainment: deejays, salsa bands, international music, and jazz. Don’t let the crowds and velvet ropes scare you—Joe’s Pub is crowded nearly every night of the week. With impeccable sound and lights, the warm and intimate candlelit atmosphere of Joe’s Pub is filled with plush velvet couches, softly glowing lucite tables, gorgeously understated architecture, and a grand, striped, bee-pollen bar. Dinner and drink service is available during every performance; the venue offers a classic Italian dinner menu and a fully stocked bar. Eclecticism reigns in the bookings; from chanteuse Lady Rizo to the new millennium burlesque “Jewish Girls Gone Wild,” to the Kronos Quartet or a late night DJ dance party, all joining a celebrated roster of other notable artists who have performed here: Dolly Parton, Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Elvis Costello… the list goes on, and so does the show. You simply can’t pick a bad night at Joe’s.
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