The Bitter End operates under the guise of New York’s longest running nightclub. Whether this is actually true doesn’t really matter, what matters is that for nearly 50 years, The Bitter End has been one of the most cutting edge and established venues in New York City, hosting comedy and music on a nightly basis.
In 1961, The Bitter End opened its doors in Greenwich Village on the premises of the former The Cock and Bull club, a venue with the same format as The Bitter End, which began in the late 1950s. The early years of the club saw some of the first performances from comedians Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor. And in music, The Bitter End was the birthplace of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and gave early starts to Bette Midler, Tori Amos, Billy Joel, The Grateful Dead, Peter Paul and Mary and the list goes on.
In talking about The Bitter End however, one would be remise not to mention legendary club owner Paul Colby who as the manager and booker bought the club in 1971. Before coming to The Bitter End, Colby worked with Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Guy Lombardo.
Visit The Bitter End any night of the week and make sure to check the schedule ahead of time. Tickets normally range from $7-$10
The Bitter End
147 Bleecker St, New York, 10012 – (212) 673-7030