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Best off-beat musical venues in New York

Best off-beat musical venues in New York Behind the Scenes NYC

Come explore some of the best off-beat musical venues in New York for locals and curious visitors! You’ll be sure to have a great time!

Best off-beat musical venues in New York Behind the Scenes NYC

Today, we will share with you some hot tips of the best off-beat musical venues in New York that you have to add to your to Must-See spots in town!

New York officially adopted the nickname “The Big Apple” in 1971 to woo tourists, and what an incredible job it’s done!

The city finds a place in most travel itineraries of people traveling to the US, and for good reason.

It’s rammed with famous musical venues, right from Carnegie Hall to Bowery Ballroom. All of which do their bit to attract music enthusiasts in large numbers.

However, just like all cities, NYC has some less ‘touristy’ musical venues too. Places that few non-locals actually know about.

So, if you’re a New Yorker or just an audiophile, read on to take a closer look at some of the slightly more ‘off-beat’ musical destinations the city has to offer…

Off-beat musical venues in New York

As a music lover hunting for ‘outside the box’ tourist destinations in NYC, you cannot afford to miss these 4 tourist spots off your itinerary…


#1 Pete’s Candy Store

Pete’s Candy Store stands on Lorimer Street in Brooklyn.

And, even though it’s not the biggest tourist hot-spot, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to music. In fact, it hosts musical performances!

Book yourself a ticket & you can help yourself to cocktails, snacks, and sandwiches, all whilst listening to a music performance.

But you know the best part? They’re free to attend!

The venue also hosts an open mic every Sunday, Quizzo on Wednesdays, and a reading competition called Dead Pete’s Society (a society to remember past poets) on a Friday.

Location: 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY



#2 Jalopy Theater

Fans of traditional folk music & live performances, need to get themselves to the Jalopy Theater.

Besides folk music itself has roots across other genres including country, bluegrass etc., so there’s a high chance it’ll be a vibe that most will enjoy.

You could also attend one of its many festivals like Roots n’ Ruckus Fest, The Brooklyn Folk Festival, and Midwinter Jug Band Rendezvous.

To make things even more interesting, they even offer adults classes and workshops, giving you the chance to learn various musical instruments like the banjo, fiddle, harmonica, guitar, and mandolin.

Location: 317 Columbia Street, Brooklyn



#3 Barbes

Barbes Brooklyn Courtesy Image Behind the Scenes NYC
Credit: Courtesy of Barbes

Barbes, a combination of bar and performance space, has hosted more than 18,000 performances ever since its opening in 2002.

The venue first came about because of two French expatriates, who wished to provide a space for non-commercial musical projects.

In essence, it’s a small clubroom with a focus on the worldwide music scene.

There’s always some form of cultural music playing, be it Western classics, more American style genres or even music from places far as France or Brazil.

You can jump into events here from Monday to Friday between 5 PM to 2 AM and Saturday and Sunday between 2 PM to 2 AM.

Location: 376 9th Street, Brooklyn



#4 Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall Courtesy Image Behind the Scenes NYC
Credit: Courtesy of Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall is a landmark in Queens (NYC) that’s steeped in history.

Aside from serving as a bank, jail, courthouse, and assembly hall, it’s now known for being a multidisciplinary venue for music & the arts.

Today, the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) looks to encourage jazz performances; the hall itself has been host to some of the best jazz performances in the USA!

Today, it hosts a whole range of musical events, showcasing all the various musical traditions from across the globe.

Plus, while you’re there, you could also enjoy Korean, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, American, and Taiwanese cuisines, as food is served regularly too.

Location: 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing


So yeah, that’s 4 lesser-known musical event destinations you can find tucked away in New York – AKA: The Big Apple!

Oh, and if you enjoyed this post, and you’re a Jazz Lover, be sure to check out these Must-See Jazz Spots In Harlem and our amazing Youtube video on them!

Credits: All images courtesy of the venues and Edward Eyer

How About Some Cafe & Ginseng For A Healthy NYC Lifestyle!?

Shop Specialties Cafe and Ginseng Manhattan Healthy NYC Lifestyle

If you love a healthy NYC lifestyle and you’re always looking for ways to improve your health or prevent future issues, then Cafe & Ginseng is a place for you to visit!

Shop Specialties Cafe and Ginseng Manhattan New York
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cafe & Ginseng


If you follow our work for a while now, you might have noticed that we’ve very much into meditation, spirituality, personal growth, and everything that revolving around these topics, right? We love to keep a healthy NYC lifestyle.

Well, in the middle of our studies about ancient Chinese medicine and secrets, we learned about the power of Ginseng. Many probably already know, but sometimes it can be hard to find a really good store.

In the heart of Manhattan, just a few blocks from the Empire State Building, you will find a great place with Korean Ginseng, named Cafe & Ginseng.

They also have two other stores in NewYork – one in Queens and another one in Long Island.

Just so you understand more about what Ginseng is:

“Consumed for over 5,000 years and found in a wide variety of health foods and nearly every energy drink, ginseng is renown world-wide for its healthy properties. Known for its incredible efficacy, ginseng was one of the most desirable medicinal herbs to be used by Chinese emperors for longevity and health. Korean Ginseng, in particular, was valued the most among all the varieties of ginseng.”

A few of the efficacies are: boosts the Immune System, enhance physical energy, support bodily endurance and support memory functions.

All of them will definitely keep you healthy and prevent any unwanted health trouble in the future!

Enjoy and have fun at the store! It will be hard to leave without buying something.

If you are into a healthy NYC lifestyle too, then take a look at other countless cool classes, stores and other tips in New York.

Hours:  Please check each location for store hours.

Monday – Friday: 7am – 11pm
Saturday: 9am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 8pm

Long Island:
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 8pm

315 5th Avenue, Midtown
165-05 Northern Blvd, Flushing, Queens
478 Plainview Rd (Han Yang Mart), Hicksville, Long Island

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cafe & Ginseng
*Last Update on March/2020.*


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