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Cafe Wha?

Map & Directions 115 Macdougal St.
New York, NY 10012
  • Mon 9pm-2:30am, Fri-Sat 8:30pm-4am


Village Voice's Description

Ah, the historic Cafe Wha? This is the place where many a tourist (and/or blossoming NYU freshman) has historically come to spend his or her nights (and $10-12 on the cover charge). Yes, a mixed crowd perpetually piles into perpetually packed Wha?, usually upon learning that the establishment once hosted Jimi Hendrix, the Boss, and Bob Dylan (though the latter only played at the spot's previous location next door). Pleasantly enough, an in-house cover band awaits inside, delivering live renditions of songs by Bands That We Can All Agree On, ranging from the Beatles to Radiohead.

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  • New York Habitat on 10/31/11

    The place where artists like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Bruce Springsteen all began their careers. Come here for drinks and listen to the great house band play music from all eras!

  • Jesse F. on 06/06/09

    Listened to the legendary Cafe Wha? house band.

  • Douglas M. on 06/27/10

    Wednesday Through Sunday- Amazing Cafe Wha? House Band.. Band will play any genre of music.. people will be up in the aisles dancing shortly! Waitress service is required and is very slow at times.

  • IWalked Audio Tours on 09/08/12

    Bob Dylan played 1st public appearance in NYC here. Other performers included Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Havens, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor & Louis Gossett Jr before he turned actor.More site info via

  • Dian T. on 05/08/10

    rock-'n-roll hits from the '70s, '80s, and '90s ! pretty good place to go

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