Year opened: 1929
Location: Upper West Side
Age: No requirement for most events
Similar to the Kings Theatre, the Beacon was also originally built as a movie palace. It hosted its first rock concert in 1971 following the closing of the iconic rock venue Fillmore East, and it went through renovations to add modern live music equipment in 1974. After a short-lived attempt to convert the venue to a nightclub in the late 80’s, it established itself as one of the premier concert destinations in NYC, which it continues to be to this day.
Playa Betty’s – A beachy setting for coastal Californian items including tacos, nachos, quesadillas, bowls & colorful cocktails. Come early and take advantage of happy hour specials (4-6pm Monday-Friday) and DIY your quac toppings tableside. Open: M-Th 11am-11pm, F-Sa 11am-12am, Su 10am-11pm. 320 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023. 2 min walk to Beacon.
Dark Bullet Sake & Oyster Bar – A modern spot for tapas and raw oysters, plus clever cocktails, a great selection of whiskeys and sake, and a pool table. Wind down here after a show when you aren’t quite ready to head home. Open: Daily 12:30pm-2am, kitchen closes @ 11:30pm. 154 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023. 4 min walk to Beacon.