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Best Nouveau Rock Club

  • R and R

    416 W. 14th St., 212-675-1661

    Joey Ramone would roll over in his grave at the idea of bottle service. But as CBGB and Continental have proved, rock clubs selling $3 cans of PBR are Starbucks franchises in the making. The next-generation places—bars like Snitch, Hiro Ballroom, and R and R, which is in the meatpacking district—are paying the bills with markups like $225 for a bottle of Jack and entrance to the VIP area. R and R is gritty enough to be taken seriously: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Morning After Girls have taken to the subterranean stage alongside countless no-name acts, and the Bravery and Audioslave recently held after-parties here.

From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine