B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

237 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
212-997-4555
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  • Daily 6pm-1am
  • Coat Check
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Robert Johnson sold his soul for prodigious skill on the guitar. B.B. King was already pretty good, so he ended up with... a Midtown mega club? Just kidding, don't worry about B.B. King's soul, it's fine. B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill actually plays host to plenty of great shows than span a variety of eras and genres. Occasionally, forever-awesome names play B.B. King's (like, say, Al Green) and if you can navigate the block from Times Square without having a panic attack, perhaps you'll appreciate the club's weirdly unifying allure. Said charm earned the "Best club to sit with tourists named Sven and see forgotten bands" from this very publication. Due to its proximity to the teeming, glowing epicenter of NYC-tourism, the venue was conceived to endure a constant barrage and thus provide a steady stream of musical entertainment. The day-to-day talent involves cover bands, soul-tributes, and Beatles-themed brunches. Since it's in Midtown, B.B. King’s is expensive, oversized, dripping in neon, and the attached restaurant-venue Lucille's doesn't serve the most "authentic" BBQ. However, the Harlem blues and gospel revues play the best regular gigs, and just because the longhairs have become gray hairs doesn’t mean they aren't still killer performers. The namesake guitar legend is in his late 80s now, but he still performs and occasionally drops in on his club. --Alex Spoto

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