Cafe Wha?
Bars & ClubsDance Clubs & Discos
6:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Tuesday
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 1:30 AM
Friday
6:00 PM - 1:30 AM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 1:30 AM
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Commonly known as “the Village” to New Yorkers, it was here in Greenwich Village that both 1960’s counter culture and the LGBT movement were born. Famous for its bohemian past, head to Washington Square Park to get a feel for this diverse and energetic neighborhood. You’ll find NYU students, street performers, skateboarders, kids frolicking in the fountain, and locals relaxing and playing chess. Stroll the streets to discover a mix of majestic town homes and hidden bars and restaurants that give this neighborhood an old-school residential feel. When the sun goes down, check out one of the famous jazz or comedy clubs that still packs them in every night.
How to get there
  • West 4th St – Washington Square • 2 min walk
  • Christopher St – Sheridan Square • 6 min walk
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Pauline A
Liverpool, UK8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
This visit to Cafe Wha was extremely anticipated as part of a once in a life time special birthday treat to NYC. I booked 3 tickets online weeks before the trip. Their policy stated $10 per person for the band and I chose this evening as my daughter is only 20 and it was just the house band. They stated 2 items per person added extras. Which seemed fine. Upon arriving the doorman shouted down to staff theres 1 person under 21 so when we got there a lady told me it would be an extra $25 for my daughter on top of the $30 for the band. I was totally shocked when the server took away my credit card and said I will have it returned at the end of the evening even though I told him we wanted to pay cash. I stupidly went along with this. They try to make out its free food so order even though you may not want it. We should have left the minute they asked for the card but we thought lets have a few drinks and make the best of it. Our bill was just shy of $200.00 I handed the cash to the server but did not give a service charge I felt robbed enough. On the way out the server asked why I did not give him any money, I said it is no reflection on him and i dont see why we are forced to give a tip just because their employer chooses to pay staff very little. I was then accosted by 2 further staff members asking the same, I felt verbally attacked. People be aware of this badly managed set up. The band are fantastic and if they want to pay them a decent wage then be upfront and request a reasonable ticket price amount Im sure people would pay to have a great night. Dont force extra charges dont take peoples credit cards dont force over priced rubbish drinks and food on people and do not expect people to give more money when you have ripped them off. We left upset and the special birthday ruined. It is not nice to treat visitors this way. People be very wary.
Written March 11, 2023
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Saar G
Tel Aviv, Israel110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
Obviously, we came here to feel some of the vibe of the classic club from all the stories. What we found was a grungy nightclub with poor food. Obviously the music , Funky Night, when we were in was great with very talented musicians. Obviously due to COVID, the place was only 15% full at best, but I wonder if people are also looking for something a bit more updated. I wouldn’t recommend the place for the food, which needs serious help. As a historical pitstop, it’s a must see, but management shouldnt take advantage of people’s desire for nostalgia with mediocre fare, especially with the inflated prices they charge.
Written September 8, 2021
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Massimo F
New York City, NY10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Before it was a great place to go and listen a good music. Now it has become a tourist trap. They make you pay for the entrance and it is mandatory to pay for two drinks. The musicians make covers and sadly try to involve an audience like in a holiday park. The tables are so close and you can't see anything. The first part of the concert begins at 9.30pm. At 10.30 pm it ends and if you want to stay there for the second round you have to take 2 more drinks…which are not cheap at all. In New York there are a thousand better places that don't cost money and where good music is played. The blue note is also very close and cheaper. Pity though, the history of the place was unique.
Written January 14, 2023
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Barry S
Larchmont, NY8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Cafe Wha has been my go to place since I first went nearly 20 years ago. The music is consistently outstanding, classic , yet cutting edge. And you never know who is going to show up to join in with the fabulous Wha band. The food and drink are good and the service is excellent. The place is intimate and the patrons start to vibe on each other from the very beginning. As the night goes on it begins to feel more and more like a party than a club. We were there last Saturday, and even with social distancing, the experience was so good that we stayed for the second show.
Written October 29, 2020
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Tom L
Ottawa, Canada424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We went to Cafe Wha on Funk Night. The band was brilliant. Guests also performed a version of "open mike" but they all definitely knew what they were doing. The rapper from Bed-Stuy was awesome. The vocalists had the stylings of Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack & Lauren Hill.

Music charge is a very sensible $15 person. And drink prices are very reasonable. Shout out to our awesome server Lizandra. This place offered a solid two hours of entertainment: it was fun.
Written November 24, 2023
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alis 87
Aprilia, Italy8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
This place is so cool! I have always wanted to visit it. Prices are crazy but if you want to enjoy the Village, you cannot go to the Cafe Wha. My experience has been awesome, except for the price of 3 beers: 40💰!
Written October 25, 2021
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Harriet N
London, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My friend and I were visiting New York for a few days and had been told to visit Cafe Wha? (as it was soo good 15 years ago!). Well I must say it didn't just live up to our expectations but massively exceeded it - it was so so fantastic, you must go and see the House Band, they are truly phenomenal. There's a big mix of different aged people - so whatever age you're going to enjoy it. Cannot recommend this place enough - I'd go back to New York again just to go here if I could
Written January 14, 2020
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Sarah M
Hertford, UK32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Total
Joke.
They sell you free tickets via event Brite until you get there and it’s 35 usd pp to get in for anyone under 21! Even though they say kids 16+ are welcome on Sunday nights. Waste of our time and they really could not have cared less… and we were really looking forward to it.
Written October 22, 2023
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DREW R
Glasgow, UK341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
only second time in cafe wha? a great night out. $20 cover charge and two item minimum purchase. well worth it. food is good, staff are excellent, i was there on a Saturday night. booked in for both band sets. highly recommend this bar. the house band are superb.
Written April 20, 2023
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Gerard A
Cork, Ireland91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Not a cheap venue and you don't have much room. Maybe we were a bit too old for this venue but our daughter enjoyed it. The Cafe Wha house band were absolutely fabulous with their music selections.
Was a nice experience to visit it though.
Written November 15, 2022
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