The 1919 Lounge delivers an unforgettable nightlife experience. In a transformed setting on the Empire’s historic stage, world-class performers captivate, celebrate, and inspire. You’re invited to this intimate affair, so indulge in a handcrafted libation, and settle in for an unparalleled evening at The 1919 Lounge.

Wow. If you have never attended an event at The 1919 Lounge you have no idea the world-class experience you are missing out on. Discovering this gem of a venue was a huge OMG moment.
— Lounge Guest
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What is

The 1919 Lounge?

New York City in your living room

Taking place biannually, The 1919 Lounge seats approximately 50-60 audience members in an upscale environment with table side service for food and drinks. Each table is only a few steps away from the performer, making for an unforgettable experience. Tickets are available by reservation only, and due to the limited number, we recommend buying in advance. There is no dress code for this event, although many audience members do choose to dress semiformal.

In conjunction with performances at The 1919 Lounge, the Empire Arts Center contracts with each artist whenever possible to provide a master class that is open to local students and to the public. For more information about attending or performing in a master class, please call the Empire Arts Center.


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Previously at

The 1919 Lounge

From the stage to the screen

The 1919 Lounge features some of the world's best cabaret and jazz singers in an environment as intimate as your living room. Since its beginning in 2016, we are proud to have hosted Tony nominees, Emmy award winners, and critically acclaimed recording artists.