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Cleopatra's Needle

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2485 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 40.792379 -73.9736
at 92nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-769-6969 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Jazz Club, Live Music, Open Mic, Restaurant & Bar, Romantic
Photo by Robert K. Chin

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Mon-Tue, 3:30pm-2am; Wed-Thu, 3:30pm-3am; Fri-Sat, 3:30pm-4am; Sun, 3pm-2am

Happy Hour

Mon-Sat, 3:30pm-7pm; $7 select cocktails, $4 off on wine by the glass, $3 off draft beer, $2 off bottled beer
Sun, 3pm-6pm; $7 select cocktails, $4 off on wine by the glass, $3 off draft beer, $2 off bottled beer

Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3 at 96th St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


Named for the Egyptian obelisk in nearby Central Park, this relaxed, intimate cabaret caters equally to jazz aficionados looking to catch a set as it does to diners seeking a place to chat. With little decoration beyond an exposed brick column, mirrored panels on the cream-colored walls and strings of white icicle lights, Cleo's lets the music set the mood. Jazz standards are popular during the first half of the week, as venerable local players including Keith Ingham and Les Kurtz lead open-mic nights and early-evening jam sessions; later in the week, combos of all stripes ride a musical roller coaster of melancholic lows and head-bobbing highs. Each night finishes with a jam stretching into the wee hours, and all are welcome to join. But a note of caution: This isn't karaoke or your shower. Even the college students and middle-aged amateurs stepping in can swing with assurance. At the end of the narrow bar, a projection TV (muted, of course) serves up the night's big sporting event.

Open Mic

Sun, 4pm8pm; Wed, 7pm11pm

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