A, B, C, D, E, F, V at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
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The street cred of this Bleecker Street club may have peaked long ago, but for a bar on one of the city's most homogenized nightlife strips, hosting up to five bands every night, the interior retains a surprising bit of mystique. The more than 40-year-old club has played host to the New York Dolls, Blondie, Kiss and Patti Smith, witnessed the meeting of Joey and DeeDee Ramone, and, a little less punk rock, introduced the city to Phish—a group whose jam band spirit is carried on by some of the club's current rock, blues, experimental and R&B acts. Gold records, signed photos, lanterns, buoys, an illuminated stained-glass Kenny's sign and other bric-a-brac decorate the bar, which leads back to rows of tables in front of the small stage. Up an old-fashioned wooden staircase, the dark mezzanine is a little sexier, with couches, beaded lamps and a cut-away floor allowing a privy view down to the band. The crowd varies with the performances, but suburban youngsters, long-haired oldsters, clean-cut and shaggy musicians, and urbane friends of the band are all mixed together, vying for space with the next act's guitar cases.Extra
Magic Hat and Blue Point are among the beers on tap, and the bartenders mix up special shots every night.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.