Everyone loves a jukebox, and everyone loves a jukebox even more when it’s next to a bar! We wrote about jukebox bars a few years back, and while some of them are still standing, our current list gives you the best spots to grab a drink and punch a number for your favorite record. You’ll be singing along in no time at these great bars, all around Manhattan.
169 Ave. A
New York, NY 10009
Going for nothing more than to rock out to the jukebox? Then head to the Hi-Fi Bar, where the jukebox is the main draw. A full lineup of events throughout each month makes the bar a great place to bring friends and just chill. Located in the East Village, the Hi-Fi has been around for decades now and doesn’t plan on closing its doors any time soon. Old-timers might know the bar as Brownies, which closed in 2002 but got revamped as its current iteration. It is known as one of the first bars in the country to house a digital jukebox.
331 W. 4 St.
New York, NY 10014
People come here for the burgers, but don’t forget about the jukebox in the corner here. Located in Greenwich Village, Corner Bistro is a great hangout place. The Corner Bistro is so popular that a new location has opened up in Long Island City – just in case you felt left out, outside of Manhattan. Pretty much anything you want to listen to – but especially jazz – can be found on this jukebox, so enjoy your monster burger while rocking out at the same time.
Great Jones Cafe
54 Great Jones St.
New York, NY 10012
Probably Manhattan’s most famous jukebox can be found here at the Great Jones Cafe. Love the sound and look, and simply the “cool factor” of old vinyl records? Well, you’re in luck because Great Jones Cafe has plenty of those laying around, and you can listen to each of them in their decades-old jukebox. The bar itself is known for its Cajun food and if you’re looking to put a drink in your hand, the Cajun Mary is supposed to be delicious. Head here and you might just call up the history of the Bowery when you play one of the records.
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140 W. 44 St.
New York, NY 10036
Jimmy’s gets rave reviews from New Yorkers and tourists alike because of its great atmosphere. Conveniently – or not so conveniently, to some – located right smack in the middle of Times Square, this bar is consistently busy, but you’ll love how upbeat everyone is here. The jukebox is one of the main draws of the crowds, and the $3 drinks are an easy way to get a little tipsy if you’re not careful. Make this a definite stop right after your Broadway show or after taking relatives through Times Square.
108 Ave. B
New York, NY 10009
Looking for just a regular little dive bar but want something a little more? Head to 7B, located in Alphabet City, where free jukebox Fridays are a thing. A great punk or metal selection can be played from this one, if that’s what you’re looking for. As an added bonus, the arcade games attract plenty of young people as well.
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