204 Varick St
at W Houston
New York, NY 10014
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Though its name stands for Sounds of Brazil, S.O.B.'s specializes in global beats hailing from everywhere south of the equator. A popular place to shake your money maker, S.O.B.'s is also a good place to hear great live music ranging from reggae and Afropop to samba and Latin R & B. Recent acts have included Brand Nubian, Erykah Badu and Blackalicious. Patrons love to spend all night here, and who could blame them? The tasty island drinks, the beautiful scenery and the great music make this place hard to leave -- even if it is early in the morning! Closing hours vary. Subway: 1, 9 to Houston St.
Best for Dance Clubs Because: Opened in 1982 on a barren street on the fringe of SoHo, S.O.B.'s is still going strong years after the neighborhood has grown around it.