The Bitter End is a 230-person capacity nightclub, coffeehouse and folk music venue in New York City's Greenwich Village. It opened its doors in 1961 at 147 Bleecker Street under the auspices of owner Fred Weintraub. The club changed its name to The Other End in June 1975. However, after a few years the owners changed the club's name back to the more recognizable Bitter End.HistoryAn earlier club, "The Cock and Bull" operated on the same premises with the same format, in the late 1950s. The poet/comedian Hugh Romney (who later became known as Wavy Gravy) read there.During the early 1960s the club hosted Folk music "hootenannies" every Tuesday night, featuring many performers who have since become legendary. During its heyday the Bitter End showcased a wide range of talented and legendary musicians, comedians, and theatrical performers.In 1968 Paul Colby (1917–2014), who began his career as a song plugger for Benny Goodman’s publishing company, and went on to work for Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and Guy Lombardo, became the manager and booking agent at The Bitter End, and in 1974 he purchased it.Arrange to visit Bitter End and other attractions in New York City using our New York City road trip planning app.
Bitter End Reviews
Great and grand institution where many legends have played. It never tries to make a buck off of you--not pandering to tourists but catering to true New Yorkers, those of us who come to hear friends..... more »
Had a great time listening to two bands here. Be sure to look at the list posted outside of all the artists who have performed there over the decades - AMAZING. The wait staff was friendly and... more »
Good music and a good time. Twice I've seen great cover bands here. Last night they closed with a very good Zeppelin song. Well worth the $10 cover. There are a handful of live music venues on Bleaker and a couple good places to eat. This part of town makes for a great night out.
Alexander Morgan was awesome and sexy. Great show. Not bitter at all.
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