Year opened: 1981
Location: West Village
Age: 21+ (at the bar)
Blue Note Jazz Club opened in 1981, and rapidly became one of the most prestigious jazz clubs in New York. Recording live albums in the space is very popular, so much so that in 2001, the venue decided to start their very own record label to release these albums, Blue Note Records. The club is still going strong, and since 2011 has hosted a month-long festival featuring dozens of performers called the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Blue Note have developed a presence internationally as well, opening clubs in Tokyo, Milan, Rio, and many other cities around the world.
Air’s Champagne Palor– A luxe, intimate lounge offering an extensive list of champagnes at varying prices and other unique treats. A great spot if you’re feeling fancy before your jazz. Open: Mon-Weds 5pm-12am, Thurs-Sat 5pm-1am, closed Sun. 127 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012. 1 min walk to Blue Note.
La Lanterna di Vittorio – Dimy old school Italian spot with a glass enclosed garden and several giant lanterns (hence the name). It’s intimate, romantic and right in the heart of the Greenwich Village. There’s a small underground jazz club if you need more music after a show as well. Open: Sun-Thurs 10am-1am, Fri-Sat 10am-2am. 129 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012. 1 min walk to Blue Note.