Where to dance and hear music in NYC if you're under 21


From DIY venues to nightclubs with 18-and-over nights, you too can party 'til the break of dawn (or at least into the a.m. hours).

After closing following a police raid in 2010, Market Hotel returned as a legitimate show space on Jan. 22, 2016. The Todd P venue was known for its avant and indie shows and its welcoming environment. Head to the venue's slew of DIY, all-ages performances. (1140 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, facebook.com/markethotel) (Credit: Georgia Kral)

This underground venue -- no really, it's in the basement of St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University -- offers live acoustic music as well as poetry readings and stand-up comedy acts every Friday and Saturday night through the academic year from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Postcrypt is completely student-run and provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The venue only seats about 30 people though, so get there early to grab a seat. (1160 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan, postcyrptcoffeehouse.com) (Credit: @postcryptcoffeehouse via Instagram)

This fixture on the Bowery has been open since 2001 and, though it's undergone some transformations in the recent past, it's still home to poetry, outsider art spoken word classes. Founder Bob Holman is also behind Bowery Arts & Science, a non-profit organization that works to develop artists and works of art, at the same address. (308 Bowery, Manhattan, bowerypoetry.com) (Credit: Getty Images for Magnolia Rain Pictures / Jason Kempin )

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Webster Hall has been in the East Village since 1992, but the building it calls home has welcomed music and good times since it was built in the late 1800s. You can feel the history when you're there. It's divided into two spaces, with Webster Hall the main, larger one, and the Studio at Webster Hall a smaller, more intimate venue. Both have shows and parties for those over 16, 18 and 19. (125 E. 11th St., Manhattan, websterhall.com) (Credit: Getty Images / Ilya S. Savenok)

Dubbed the "jazz corner of the world" for showcasing serious talent over the years (Count Basie, John Coltrane, Sid Torin), Birdland is a mecca for big bands and Creole-inspired cooking. The speakeasy-style venue is open to all ages. (315 W. 44th St., Manhattan, birdlandjazz.com) (Credit: Getty Images / Cory Schwartz)

Drag (ahem) your under-21 friends to Lips for dinner and a show. The alternative dinner theater venue hosts a variety of daily drag shows, plus Dragalicious Karaoke and Bitchy Bingo. If you're under 21, you'll need to make a reservation before 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (227 E. 56th St., Manhattan, lipsnyc.com) (Credit: Lips Drag Queen Show Palaec via Facebook)

This offbeat cabaret venue puts up a variety of performance arts shows that strive to "to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry and establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences." The acts at Le Poisson Rouge vary when it comes to age requirements, but many shows are 18+ (158 Bleecker St., Manhattan, lpr.com) (Credit: Getty Images for Clarke Schools / Cindy Ord )

Everyone loves bowling! Bowlmor is all ages except for Friday and Saturday nights after 10 p.m. at their Times Square location, after 9 p.m. at their Chelsea Piers location and during the Monday night strike promotion at both. (222 W. 44th St. & Pier 60/23rd & W. Side Hwy., Chelsea Piers bowlmor.com) (Credit: Getty Images for T.J. Martell Foundation / Rob Kim )

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Unlike the Mercury Lounge on nearby Houston Street, the Bowery Ballroom presents shows that are 18+ and even 16+. This is a great place to see a show - the acoustics are awesome and you can see the band pretty much from anywhere you end up. (6 Delancey St., Manhattan, boweryballroom) (Credit: Getty Images / Christopher Polk )

This popular concert venue in Hell's Kitchen delivers the best of all music scenes to masses of all ages. Tickets for different events can be purchased on the website or via Ticketmaster.com. (610 W. 56th St., Manhattan, terminal5nyc.com) (Credit: Getty Images for Tuner / Dimitrios Kambouris )

B.B. King Blues Club and Grill has it all, and music lovers of all ages can enjoy it. Their calendar is stacked all summer with big names and a full food menu. If you aren't a night owl, hit up this blues club to brunch in style- every Saturday enjoy your eggs and bacon with Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields at the Beatles Brunch, or pig out at an all-you-can eat Southern buffet every Sunday with the Harlem Gospel Choir. Some nights are 18+ so dont forget to check the website before buying your ticket. (237 W 42 St., Manhattan, bbkingblues.com) (Credit: Getty Images for Urban Arts Partnership / Nicholas Hunt)

Dancing at SOB's (Sound of Brazil) in far west SoHo is one of the best ways to spend a night in NYC. The music is always bumpin.' This club opened back in 1982 and hosts a wide variety of acts. Be sure to check the calendar and make sure the show you want to see is 18+. (204 Varick St., Manhattan, sobs.com) (Credit: Getty Images / AFP / TImothy A. Clary )

Hookah bars are all over the city, and are generally establishments that sell good strong coffee alongside a turn at the hookah. Flavored tobaccos are king here, but we recommend opting out of fruity flavors and going for the more mellow mint flavors. Many a great conversation has been borne over a smoke and a strong bolt of caffeine. Hit the hookah bar with your brainiac friend, your cool professor or your poli-sci discussion group. (Hookah bars can be found throughout the city) (Credit: Getty Images / Christopher Furlong)

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Silent Barn is a community space that artists live and work in, and a DIY events space. It has been open since 2005, originally in Ridgewood, Queens but now in Bushwick. After a serious fire in September of 2015, the all-ages space is back, with a full lineup of affordable events. Indie/ punk/ alternative/ avant/ out-there shows are hosted here often. (603 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, silentbarn.org) (Credit: The Silent Barn via Facebook )

Despite its off-the-beaten-path location, Trans-Pecos (which is actually the old Silent Barn location) books some of the best and most creative shows in the city, and this DIY space is all-ages. (915 Wyckoff Ave., Queens, thetranspecos.com) (Credit: Trans-Pecos via Facebook )

Dig poetry? Looking for a bit of socially-conscious edginess? Head to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where everybody is welcome. In addition to poetry, there is music, visual art and other forms of alternative and uplifting performance to be found here. It's one of the best places for college students who are seeking to define their lives in some real way. And if you've got something to say, don't miss Open Mic Mondays. (236 E. 3rd St., Manhattan, nuyorican.com) (Credit: Nuyorican Poets Cafe via Facebook )

For a wide variety of concerts, head to the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn (it used to be located in TriBeCa). Touring acts stop here when they hit NYC, and local bands take the stage, too. (361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, bk.knittingfactory.com) (Credit: Getty Images for VH1 / Andrew H. Walker )

What they consider the older sister to Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre hosts programs of all types for all ages. Listen to some of your favorite artists on the same stage the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, and Queen once played on. ( 2124 Broadway; beacontheatre.com) (Credit: Getty Images / Neilson Barnard )

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The Village Vanguard jazz club has been groovin' since 1935, which means they are celebrating their 80th anniversary this year. Celebrate with them and jam out to performers such as Stanley Cowell, the Fred Hersch Trio, and the Russell Malone Quartet. The same band performs 6 nights in a row, so you have plenty of time to catch your favorite jazz musician. (178 7th Ave. S; villagevanguard.com) (Credit: Village Vanguard via Facebook)

550 Ninth Ave., framesnyc.com

Frames offers much more than just lane time; you can also play billiards, bust a move at their dance club or engage in an intense match in their new Ping-Pong lounge. Make sure to keep track of time while you're having fun -- the lounge is 21 and up after 8 p.m.

(Credit: Frames Bowling Lounge)

 

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