Cafe Wha?

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Cafe Wha? - Live Music Venue in New York.
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INFO Greenwich Village has changed a lot since its bohemian days in the 1950s, but since then, Café Wha? has served as home to the cool arty set. Allen Ginsberg was a regular, while Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played... ... read more

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    A, B, C, D, E, F, M: West 4th Street

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    20s, 30s, 40s, All Ages, Bar Food, Burgers, Casual, Comedy, Dance, Fun, Late Night Spot, Live Music, Moderate, Rowdy, Sandwiches, Stand-Up Comedy, Street Parking

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Cafe Wha? - Live Music Venue in New York.

Greenwich Village has changed a lot since its bohemian days in the 1950s, but since then, Café Wha? has served as home to the cool arty set. Allen Ginsberg was a regular, while Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played here before hitting the big time. These days, the space features three different house bands five nights a week, mixed in with a roster of indie, world, and folk bands. Once in a while, an A-list act drops by for a special show – even Van Halen recently played here. With a capacity of only 250, Café Wha? presents its acts to very lucky audiences. In addition to a full bar, which includes frozen drinks, the bar has a full pub-grub menu. Doors open every night at 8:30pm and 9pm on Mondays, with an early and late show. Cover charge is $10 on Monday and Tuesday, $5 on Thursday, $12 Friday, and $15 Saturday, while there is no cover on Wednesday and Sunday. Underage guests are allowed if accompanied by an adult, though a $15 food/drink minimum applies to all under-21s. The closest subway stops are W 4th Street and Christopher Street.

Cafe Wha? User Reviews

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A legend and rock n roll landmark from the golden days, this is a great place to take a date or check out some good tunes.
Luke T. Jun 26, 2013
A friend from Germany was staying with me for a while and after we got tanked at a bar across the street, we wandered in to see some music. The house band was playing, I think they're called 'the wha? band' and they were awesome! They played everything from 80's covers to latin jazz. Surrounded by great bars and restaurants, the Cafe Wha? stands out as the best place to see live music around Washington Square. From the outside it just looks like the type of place you want to be; trendy and hip after being around for more than 40 years, that's becoming a rarity in Manhattan. You definitely want to pregame and eat at some of the cheaper places in the area, unless you've got some cash to spend. The drinks are great here, but they're not cheap and the beer selection is nothing to brag about (a few domestics, nothing on draft). But you don't come here for the drinks. Walking in, you have to think to yourself, "Hendrix played here, Bob Dylan played here. The Doors, Frank Zappa, Allen Ginsberg... they were all here." That is part of the magic of this place, and on top of that it's just an overall cool spot. It's underground so if you're meeting friends, be sure to send a text or call them before going in, and if you've got more than 5 or 6 people you'll probably want a reservation.
Cafe Wha - a hidden treasure.
Sarah B. Feb 18, 2013
Need to go out this weekend? Sick of the usual bars? Craving live music? Cafe Wha is a unique, exciting, and happening place for people of all kinds. Right in the heart of the adorable Greenwich Village, I didn't even know this place existed. It has a delicious menu for food, but the drinks are what really caught my attention - including tasty (and addicting) pitchers of fresh Sangria. Once 10pm hit, it was amazing to see the crowds that piled in to sing and dance to an awesome cover band. On top of that, there was even a comedian who opened for the band and stole laughs from everyone. It felt like I was at a concert, without having to pay hundreds of dollars for a ticket. Overall, it was well worth the commute. A worthy menu. Strong drinks. Comfortable, liberal, hippy environment. Great music. Best of all, it was easy to connect with open-minded group of people just looking to have a good time.
So Much Fun!
Jaclyn W. Dec 5, 2012
I went here with a huge group of people; fourteen to be exact. Make sure to make reservations before you get here and definitely make sure to pre-game. This place is awesome. Originally home to acts for people such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, it eventually was sold and turned into a comedy/music venue show with their own band dubbed, The Cafe Wha Band. The comedian we had for the night was Allan Havey who ended up being pretty funny. After the comedian goes off stage, there is a brief intermission and then the band goes on. They play all sorts of covers and although the place is jammed pack with tables and large parties, people are standing up and dancing all over the place in the aisles. They have alcoholic beverages and beer buckets. Go for the beer buckets or sangria pitchers! The frozen drinks are basically watered down juice and the beer buckets come with rounds of shots for a bit extra. Even if you're not into comedy clubs or this type of thing, it's a major piece of New York history, so I would check out for that purpose. Our MC for the night was David Lee Roth's brother from Van Halen. It was really nutty and probably one of the best nights I've had out in a long time. Just remember: rsvp, large groups and beer buckets. Definitely worth the $15 cover and definitely worth the three hour performance. Note: There is no cell service because it's below ground. If you need to reach people, do it before you go in or let the bouncers know.
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