Must-See Times Square
by nycgo.com staff, 12/25/2012
B.B. King's. Photo: Julienne Schaer
Nightlife and Beyond
Times Square's nightlife scene burns as bright as its lights, and its abundant clubs and lounges offer something for almost everyone. B.B. King Blues Club & Lounge draws legendary rock and R&B performers on a regular basis, having hosted such acts as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and B.B. King himself. (Upcoming shows include Dionne Warwick and Don McLean.)
If jazz is your thing, grab a table at Iridium, where late guitar pioneer Les Paul had a long-running weekly residency (Monday is now Les Paul tribute night, with the Les Paul Trio and special guests). Just steps away from Times Square is Birdland, named for saxophone great Charlie "Bird" Parker. (Broadway theatergoers, take note: Birdland offers half-price bar admission to the 11pm show if you present your same-day theater ticket stub Sunday through Thursday.)
The Copacabana, a NYC nightlife mainstay for 70-plus years, offers three floors of entertainment in its latest incarnation, with music (mostly Latin) and dancing Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. One level features the more intimate Copacabana Supper Club, which harks back to the 1940s and features a menu by Food Network chef Alex Garcia.
For drinks, The Russian Vodka Room's expansive horseshoe-shaped bar draws a boisterous young crowd for its scores of different infused vodkas. For something a little quieter, try The Rum House at the Hotel Edison, where you can enjoy nightly piano shows and lovingly crafted cocktails. If you really want to go a round with the locals, boxing-themed dive bar Jimmy's Corner is your match; its charmingly no-frills demeanor hints at Times Square before it was cleaned up.
Finally, to get above it and drink it all in at once, The View Lounge in the Marriott Marquis is located in New York City's only revolving restaurant. Take in a complete view of the skyline—and Times Square—in an hour while sipping cocktails. —nycgo.com staff