Who doesn't love live music? Lucky for us, we have David Langton showing us the ropes on how to enjoy a night out for the Curtis Harding show on Thursday at Rough Trade in Williamsburg. In the post below, David supplies the recommendations on everything from where to get dinner / drinks before the show, the show itself, and how to keep the party going afterward. He also highly recommends you listen to Keep Shining On while you read...
What: Curtis Harding live music show (think Leon Bridges with a touch of John Legend)
Where: Rough Trade
When: Thursday, Nov 2nd. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm
Start at Kings County Imperial (right off the Metropolitan G / Lorimer L). This is my favorite Chinese restaurant in New York. Food good enough for a Sunday night at home watching Stranger Things with a vibe cool enough to impress. Get some dumplings, get some noodles and get some negronis (which come on tap). They take reservations, so plan ahead and secure your spot. If it's nice out, have a drink outside in the back patio while you wait.
Photo Cred: Kings County Imperial
If you're looking for somewhere casual to grab a quick beer, I suggest you head next door to Union Pool. The bar is a standard bar, and there is an outdoor patio. No-frills but nice. They have live music of their own so you can fit in a double feature of music if you're feeling it.
Photo Cred: Axel Piazzola
Or are you in the mood for a beautifully crafted space with a wide array of premium specialty spirits? Head to Hotel Delmano . Those were their words, not mine, but have to say I agree with them. If there are no tables available, you can head just a few blocks over to The Counting Room.
The main event! I recommend getting to Rough Trade just before 9:00pm to give you time to settle in and pick your spot in the crowd.
Photo Cred: @roughtradenyc
Post-Show (choose your own adventure)
Feeling competitive? The Gutter will be your next stop. Dive bar meets bowling alley. There might be a wait for a lane, but they do have bubble hockey to get the win tally started.
Photo Cred: Gutemberg Mendoza
If you want to keep the music going, head over to the St Mazie. They have live music that spans the jazz, latin and world music genres and a small dance floor. Don't let the pro salsa dancers scare you -- I've seen plenty of two-left-feeters out there cutting the rug.
Photo Cred: @stmazie
And if you just need a drink and a seat, I'll send you to Night of Joy. Nice cocktails, good vibe, outdoor deck.
Photo Cred: @brittanyneves