Best Rock-n-Roll Bars in NYC.
Discovering great music is synonymous with living in New York City. Tunes supply the heartbeat and add to the energy of our city. While five-star dining and jazz trios have their place, good old rock-n-roll bars are always a tremendous time. Grab that vintage CBGB shirt and visit these bars for a bit of nostalgia and some head banging.
The Black Rose (117 Avenue A) If you’re looking for the East Village cool factor at an old-time rock ‘n’ roll bar, this new spot has the vibe without the grunge. From 5 p.m.-close Monday and Tuesday and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, take advantage of $4 beer, wine and well drinks. Specialty cocktails rotate for $9, like the Purple Haze loaded with rum, blackberry and Champagne. They spin old vinyl, book DJs and offer live music covering all genres (Disco Fridays!) You can feel the spirit of Jim Morrison in the back room.
Manitoba’s (99 Avenue B) Manitoba’s is a unique throwback to ‘70s punk. The walls are covered in signed photos and memorabilia from the owner, Richard Manitoba of The Dictators. Sunday through Thursday from 3-8 p.m., beer and well drinks are two-for-one. The jukebox plays rare tunes, and sometimes they’ll extend drink specials to keep the party going. You can play air hockey downstairs in the small room or just hang at the bar and let the night unfold.
American Trash (1471 First Avenue) This gem is a hybrid dive bar, music venue and sports bar. The jukebox plays classic rock, and they host live bands every Saturday with no cover charge. Daily from 2-8 p.m. save $1 off all drinks. Every day of the week you’ll find additional specials like 50-cent wings on Mondays and $4 shots on Fridays. Be careful, this place is addictive with very friendly bartenders and affordable drinks.