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Banjo Jim's

700 E. 9th St, New York, NY 10009 40.72524 -73.97797
at Ave. C  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-777-0869 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Work, Live Music, Open Mic
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Seemingly every nightspot on Loisaida Avenue pledges allegiance to a different nation—Germany, Australia, Brazil, Cuba, and so on—but this one’s just a little bit country: Americana and jazz performers play nightly, including Kerouac collaborator David Amram and stride pianist Terry Waldo. Because the treehouse-like perch is one of the smallest in the city, there are just a few stools and tables plus a tiny wooden bleacher in the back, while vintage photos of banjo-pickers serve as the sole decorations. A mix of Tecate-clutching jam-scene survivors, wannabe mountaineers, and the occasional Southern-accented suit carve space in the SRO crowd by swing dancing and do-si-do-ing. On quieter nights, when folkies croon, it’s easier to park at the small, noodle-shaped bar and deal cards for a game of Rook while sipping from bottles of Keegan’s Mother’s Milk Stout or Victory Hop Devil.


The bar was named after the owner's husband, a banjo player killed in a tragic freeway accident.

Live Music
Daily, 7pm-2am (check website; times vary)

Open Mic
Sat, 2pm-7pm