The Shrine Bar Restaurant is all kinds of fun. Literally, with its World Music Venue in Harlem you can expect to hear a wide variety of different music every week. I was there recently with friends just passing through (not for a particular event), and was happy to meet Francois Maheux, the man responsible for Bookings and Promotions. We were discussing Harlem, Apollo Theater and just music in general and how vital live music is to Harlem and the history of Harlem. There are many great spots to hear music in Harlem and Shrine is no exception. It is the perfect size venue, roomy but not too big with a comfortable, inviting and festive interior. I especially enjoy that you can hear jazz, hip hop, funk, world, reggae, Latin, rap, blues rock on any given night as they keep it interesting, current and on the pulse. Here is a list of upcoming events you can see at Shrine Bar Restaurant/World Music Venue. Recently friend to our blog, Harlem born and raised “John O” of Tha Gecko Brothas, perfromed there and I’m sure that they will return over the summer months. It is worth passing through if you have not been there yet to check out their food and drinks MENU. Every once in a while there is a cover for special events like an AIDS benefit, or a fundraiser where customers are more than happy to contribute. The Shrine has great drinks if you like margaritas and pina coladas. My friend recommended the pina colada (with a splash of grand marnier on top) which was very good especially with a side order of wings. You cannot go wrong with that combo. Next time I would like to sit in their outdoor seating and try their Fela Burger and also their Afro Chicken which both looked good. But then definitely come back inside to enjoy some great live music!
(Make sure you check out The Shrine Sunday Jazz Jam Session which is each and every Sunday)
Shrine Bar Restaurant
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
New York, NY 10030