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2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., New York, NY 10030 40.814345 -73.944261
nr. 134th St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-690-7807 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: DJ, Live Music, Lounge, Neighborhood Bar, Nightclub, Open Mic, Restaurant & Bar
Photo by Patrick Siggins

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Daily, 4pm-4am

Happy Hour

Mon-Sat, 4pm-8pm; $5 wine, $2-$4 drafts

Nearby Subway Stops

B, C at 135th St.; 2, 3 at 135th St.

Payment Methods

Cash Only


Nestled in the former headquarters of Harlem's largest black charity group, Shrine is a deceptively low-profile live-music spot. The ground floor of the onetime Black United Fund Plaza community center hosts a full bar, a tables-for-two lineup, and a small back stage, its age-worn space colored by African icons and a serious vinyl fetish. Shrine’s deepest loyalties clearly lie with Afro-beat, calypso, and roots-reggae offshoots starring the sons of Fela and Bitches Brew, but the space also presents a slew of classicists assimilating traditional jazz and American funk staples with an occasional dip into newer, rockier waters. A back kitchen offers Mediterranean platters, chicken kebabs, and Jerusalem Toast (toast with olive paste, feta cheese, tomato, and zaatar).