82 W 3rd St
New York, NY 10012
The West Village's Zinc Bar brings jazz and live music back to a space that hosted the likes of Thelonious Monk and Billie Holiday in 1940s when it was the Cinderella Club. The dark bar, down a few steps from the sidewalk, has art deco details visible in etchings on the mirror-backed bar and decorative scones, setting an appropriately retro scene for classic, gin-heavy cocktails. American jazz standards make up most of the nightly acts, with Latin and African sounds making cameos on the weekends. Patrons have to submit to drink-minimums to enter the stage area, but when prices are so reasonable and the music so alive, it's hardly a burden.