New York City late-night life will never be the same, as American Beauty closes its doors. Located in the music hub of Midtown Manhattan, the Grateful Dead-inspired music venue and bar was conveniently just steps away from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. American Beauty’s motto was Live Music – Craft Beer – Free Pizza, making it a go-to with its enticing deal of free pizza with the purchase of any alcoholic beverage. Beyond the smart marketing, American Beauty has hosted some of the decade’s wildest concerts in NYC jam band history–creating a musical launch pad for up-and-coming bands, special one-off collaborations, and unique tribute sets that can only be found within the walls of New York City.
Most notably, the venue utilized their geographic location as an opportunity to further host jam band fans during Phish and Dead & Company runs, creating an irreplaceable hub within the community that comes along with them. During the 2017 Baker’s Dozen run, the venue hosted pre-parties and after-parties nearly every night of the week, ultimately welcoming record crowds. With some of the best rock, jam, funk, bluegrass, and Americana shows that New York City has to offer all year round, the closing of American Beauty marks the end of an era.
Read the venue’s full statement from the venue below:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce our doors closed after December 31st 2017. Our home at 251 West 30th Street was purchased by Herald Square Properties in 2016, who are renovating the building and renting to new tenants. We’d like to thank our loyal staff, customers and every artist who’s performed on our stages for a magical run.
Although it’s sad to say goodbye to our Midtown party factory for now, we are happy for the memories that will live on with those who experienced it. Fare Thee Well.