Unique venues are going intimate with live bands, songwriters and drinks that warm from the inside out.

Cozy up and unplug at intimate music venues all winter long.

Think small. Low ceilings and bar tops covered in photos. A platform stage in a historic theater. Listeners gathered in a venue, hanging on to every sung word and bottle of beer or glass of wine. Local spaces are creating intimate music experiences. After the holiday commotion, they feel like a warm blanket for the cold, darkest months of the year. Check out these venues to enjoy live music and cozy vibes.

Avon Park Theater

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Avon, New York

A drive down Genesee Street in Avon takes you through a strip of old-timey buildings established as early as the 1850s – and what makes one of them especially unique is its stature in the community as a longstanding landmark. With its sky-high sign and customized prominent letter board, Avon Park Theater is an eye-catching facade among neighboring businesses. What began as a vintage movie theater in the late 1930s was re-imagined in 2022 to host classic and independent movies, live music, and private events. The theater is an escape from the every day (perfect in the doldrums of winter!), with seats as comfortable as the couch at home and upscale concession offerings.

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Geneseo Riviera

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Geneseo, New York

This restored vintage theatre, originally built in the early 1900s, served as the go-to spot for entertainment and community happenings in the village of Geneseo for more than 80 years. The current owners thoughtfully remodeled the theatre in 2013 and welcomed the community back to the now multi-purpose concert hall for the arts. 140 luxury chairs line the theatre, and an exclusive balcony of limited chairs sits above the main stage. With a capacity of up to 350 in the seated areas and dance floor, the Riviera Theatre hosts classic Hollywood movies every week, Local Artist Nights featuring bands and singer/songwriters, and theatrical performances with ticket prices as low as $5. Head to the Riviera Theatre’s Facebook page (@GeneseoRiviera) for complete event listings.

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Riviera Outside

Fanatics Pub

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Lima, New York

Take refuge from the wintery blues with blues music at Fanatics Pub in Lima, which hosts more than 100 shows each year. The pub has brought in Grammy Award and Blues Music Award winners for sold-out shows for more than a decade, and owner Jim Shelly incorporates his love for the community, supporting local sports teams and Camp Good Days. Having previously owned a pizza business, he also has an extensive menu at the pub, bringing folks together over both the table and the smooth sounds of blues. Show tickets range from $10 to $45, depending on the band, with performances taking place on average twice a week. Come in from the cold for daily specials like happy hour, trivia night, Wing Wednesday, and Fish Fry Fridays & Saturdays.

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O-Neh-Da Vineyard

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Hemlock, New York

Similar to many historically renowned buildings and businesses in LivCo, O-Neh-Da has a past worth researching as one of the oldest operating wineries in the Finger Lakes Region and the oldest authentic producer of premium sacramental wine in the New World. More than 150 years after its establishment, the winery is now a popular destination for tastings and live music, and the vineyard continues to fulfill its original mission of supplying sacramental wine for churches while engaging locals and tourists in current operations. The Tasting Room is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday, and visitors are invited to try the variety of pure, natural wine produced on-site. Warm up inside the welcoming tasting room while sipping wine and listening to live music featured almost every Sunday.

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The Big "B"

For any music lover, Buzzo's in Geneseo is a must-stop. Whether looking for a new guitar to add to your collection, a tune up for a string instrument that has been collecting dust, or Billy Joel’s Piano Man on vinyl, you'll find it at Buzzo's (and might even get to meet the legendary namesake himself).


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