Live music, usually well-known rock, funk, soul & blues
This is the spot you want to choose for your birthday if you’re down for a live show in a low-key, dusky (not to be confused with dusty, we just wanted a fancy way to say dark) room packed with whoever is performing’s biggest fans. Even though it’s in the heart of the hustle, bustle and brightness of Times Square, BB King’s manages to feel tucked away and private.
It’s your typical concert venue, except there’s plenty of tufted booths lining the walls and a floor filled with tables. If you’re part of a larger party, hopefully you and yours can sit together. But if it’s just you and BAE, you’ll be sharing a table with another couple or couple of couples. But you all love the same music, so you should have plenty to chat about as you wait on the show to start. Think twice if you’re socially awkward. The concert venue is downstairs and doesn’t lend itself to cell phone service, so you can’t cruise Instagram while you avoid eye contact.
The food plays second fiddle to the live show and the tasty cocktails, but it’s still nothing to sneeze at! From pit smoked chicken nachos to catfish bites to shrimp and grits, there’s not shortage of down-home southern delights. Whether it’s brunch or dinner, you’re able to order your chicken and waffles while enjoying a live show and that makes the food taste better. Promise.
Dark, sexy and air filled with live instruments—all of these components make beautiful music together. This is the right choice if your favorite band or singer is in town and they’ve booked the legendary venue. Snuggle up next to your neighbor or eavesdrop on their conversation before the show starts. See if you can get your waiter to have the performer give you a birthday shoutout. Don’t tell them we told you to do that.