505 West St, New York, NY 10014 - (212) 929-4303 - The more I go to Salon the more I get to like this undiscovered gem. Salon comprises of a boudoir-deco styled basement bar/restaurant and a glorious dance hall upstairs with river views open for hire. I hear that this is where the hoity-toity used to go when their ships docked close-by back in the day.
When I first popped by with the Lady we discovered an amazing Latin disco upstairs fully equipped with DJ, dancing Brazilian festival girl on podium, a crowd that would feel at home in Ibiza Town (which is pretty difficult to find in the US).
When the room upstairs is closed the bar downstairs is pretty quiet. Normally there's an owner at the bar wondering why there aren't any customers. Best to bring your own crowd, enjoy the good food and ignore the poor liquor selection. We had a blast when we celebrated a birthday here.
Summer Stage Line Up NYC
Admission to all free performances is on a first-come, first-served basis, no tickets required. Gates open 90 minutes prior to performances on weekends
and at benefit concerts, and 60 minutes prior to performances on weekdays.
Here's a decent listing about what's on:
Friday, June 17 - 7:00 PM
Will Calhoun presents AZA - featuring Pharoah Sanders, Wallace
Roney, Orrin Evans and John Benitez
Burnt Sugar, Greg Tate, Conductor
Saturday, June 18 - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, June 21 - 7:30 PM
Friday, June 24 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 25 - 3:00 PM
The Official Central Park SummerStage 20th Anniversary Dance Party!
Tortured Soul, Lady Alma, Rich Medina
and hosted by Timmy Regisford
Presented in association with Club Shelter
Sunday, June 26 - 3:00 PM
Tegan and Sara
East Village Opera Company
Saturday, July 2 - 7:00 PM
The Music of Nick Drake
Sunday, July 3 - 3:00 PM
Peace through Music, Love to the People
Khaled & Friends
Featuring Elan, KC Porter, Walfredo Reyes, Luis Conte, Cheb i Sabbah
and other special guests
Thursday, July 7 - 8:30 PM
Ben Munisteri Dance Projects
Marta Renzi & The Project Company
Friday, July 8 - 7:00 PM
Music and Film
3rd Brazilian Art & Film Festival of NYC
Gabriel O Pensador
Saturday, July 9 - 7:00 PM
Music and Film
3rd Brazilian Art & Film Festival of NYC
Sunday, July 10 - 3:00 PM
Blind Boys of Alabama
The Royal Wylds
Friday, July 15 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 16 - 3:00 PM
Celebrate New Orleans
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Donald Harrison & New Mardi Gras Sound
Rebirth Brass Band
Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Club
Sunday, July 17 - 3:00 PM
Giant Step 15th Anniversary
Presented in association with Giantstep
Thursday, July 21 - 7:30 PM
Upright Citizens Brigade
Friday, July 22 - 8:30 PM
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
presents Another Evening.
Saturday, July 23 - 3:00 PM
Dance for Peace
Sunday, July 24 - 3:00 PM
Global Family Day!
Dan Zanes & Friends
Wednesday, July 27 - 7:30 PM
National Book Award winner Ha Jin will read from his third full-
length novel War Trash (Vintage). An interview with the author will
follow the reading.
Thursday, July 28 & Friday, July 29 - 8:30 PM
The Balanchine Legacy
Saturday, July 30 - 3:00 PM
The Sun Ra Arkestra, directed by Marshall Allen
plus Special Guests
DJ Spooky, curator
Sunday, July 31 - 3:00 PM
Maria del Mar Bonet
Las Ondas Marteles
Thursday, August 4 - 7:30 PM
Word & Music
Janet Hamill & Morning Star
Friday, August 5 - 7:00 PM
Pianos in the Park
Jason Moran and the Bandwagon
Saturday, August 6 - 3:00 PM
Coheed and Cambria
Presented in association with LAMC
Sunday, August 7 - 3:00 PM
M.I.A. with Diplo & special guests
DJ Rekha, curator
Thursday, August 11 - 8:30 PM
Trisha Brown Dance Company presents three original pieces
choreographed by noted Artistic Director Trisha Brown: Astral
Convertible (1989), PRESENT TENSE (2003), and Geometry of Quiet
(2002). Dancers in the Company include: Neal Beasley, Sandra
Grinberg, Hyun Jin Jung, Leah Morrison, Brandi Norton, Cori
Olinghouse, Todd Stone, Stacy Matthew Spence, and Katrina Thompson.
Saturday, August 13 - 3:00 PM
Nuttin' but Stringz
Sunday, August 14 - 3:00 PM
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
DJ Eddie Stats
151 Rivington Street - Decent dark and happening basement bar on Rivington in Lower East Side that packs out about midnight. Think 'rock'. At the weekend a DJ spins from a single turntable at the end of the bar.
Doesn't have a sign on the door. Look out for smokers hanging outside. (Feb 18/04)
UPDATE FEB 11th 05: Still the cool little rocky place that I remember. Avoid drinking too many shots of vodka with your beer.
Places To Go After 151
Check out the fun but trashy drinking den Johnsons at 123 Rivington
Get yourself up to Ludlow or Orchard Street for a bit of a bar crawl
Guy's Diary posts about 151
FRIDAY 16th JANUARY : DOG HOUSE FOR SALE
57 Pearl Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201 - Halcyon used to reside on Brooklyn's Smith Street where you could sit back and relax in this bar/cafe/record shop. Even the vintage furniture you sat on was for sale.
Now they've moved to DUMBO and with only a record and small 'lifestyle goods' offering. But the store's still worth a visit. There's an amazing mural on the brickwork outside and check the funky interior!
Subway: F to York St.
60 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012 - The upstairs bar in the Thompson Hotel is a good stop by and I've been to some great nights there and there's oftne a DJ in the corner. Cool grown up crowd that's not afraid to party.
Guy's Diary posts about Thom Bar
FRIDAY 31st OCTOBER : FREAKY FRIDAY
MONDAY 29th SEPTEMBER : TIME TRAVEL TO SEE PETER PAN