Mexicali Live

★★★★☆
  • 1409 Queen Anne Rd

    Teaneck, NJ 07666

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  • 201-833-0011

About Mexicali Live

Hours
Tue 6pm-1:30am, Thu-Fri 6pm-1:30am, Sat 6pm-2:30am

Food

Food
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I believe their formal name has long been amended to "Mexicali Live" and they have grown considerably in stature since their days over on Cedar Lane a decade ago. Quite a bit more elbow room here as compared to there, but it's still intimate enough to give you that special experience. This is one of the best places in the New York City metro area to hear live music in a small setting. They are so much more than pure Blues, but don't expect anything too "out there". No one will be getting carried onstage in an egg in this joint! This is the kind of spot Carson Daly would hang out in and I wouldn't be surprised if he has been here. This location is just a few miles down Route 4 from the George Washington Bridge, about a half mile north ( two lights) off the Queen Anne Road exit.

You can't miss the place, that area goes dark pretty darn early. Gloriously free parking is in abundance across the street, but this joint is small, so being fashionably late may land you a standing room only spot - on the sidewalk! If so, you won't be alone. This is the hippest place to be on this side of the Hudson. You'll swear you are at the hottest artist spot in the east village, only with the relative safety and FREE PARKING of suburbia. If it's 2am and I need to use an ATM, I know the Chase ATM on the sidewalk across the street has the added comfort of some extra eyes and ears around because the Mexicali Live patrons are coming and going.

One thing about traveling the nearest highway, Route 4: Many of the exits are combo entrance/exits on that road and have no deceleration lanes - at the Queen Anne exit it's a fairly sharp right turn that is bound to take a newbie by surprise, and the exit is sharing the road with traffic that is entering, so signal early and slow early and gradually so the car riding your bumper has a chance to react. Another road thing: the final sign that marks the exit may very well be missing - that is, laid flat by the many cars that are surprised by the sharp turn and try to snatch the wheel right at 50 mph. I live near that exit and can hear the tire sequels quite often. But enough about that.

At Mexicali "Live", you don't have to worry about the grub. They have a top flight set up - quality taps and outstanding bar food - no, it's better than bar food! The audience skews "young" - under 30ish, depending on the slate that night, but that's about normal for a venue of this ilk. And keep in mind, this is no nightclub - this is a purist's paradise - nobody in suits or with the collars pointing at the shoulders and unbuttoned to the navel. This is Jersey, but not the Jersey shore. They maintain a website with the schedule of bands - any band that is somebody values Mexicali Live as a venue. And the lesser known the better anyway - they are all living the dream, aren't they? MY DREAM! Can you tell I like the place? This is all from a guy that has only been in there one time!

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★★★★☆

I believe their formal name has long been amended to "Mexicali Live" and they have grown considerably in stature since their days over on Cedar Lane a decade ago. Quite a bit more elbow room here as compared to there, but it's still intimate enough to give you that special experience. This is one of the best places in the New York City metro area to hear live music in a small setting. They are so much more than pure Blues, but don't expect anything too "out there". No one will be getting carried onstage in an egg in this joint! This is the kind of spot Carson Daly would hang out in and I wouldn't be surprised if he has been here. This location is just a few miles down Route 4 from the George Washington Bridge, about a half mile north ( two lights) off the Queen Anne Road exit.

You can't miss the place, that area goes dark pretty darn early. Gloriously free parking is in abundance across the street, but this joint is small, so being fashionably late may land you a standing room only spot - on the sidewalk! If so, you won't be alone. This is the hippest place to be on this side of the Hudson. You'll swear you are at the hottest artist spot in the east village, only with the relative safety and FREE PARKING of suburbia. If it's 2am and I need to use an ATM, I know the Chase ATM on the sidewalk across the street has the added comfort of some extra eyes and ears around because the Mexicali Live patrons are coming and going.

One thing about traveling the nearest highway, Route 4: Many of the exits are combo entrance/exits on that road and have no deceleration lanes - at the Queen Anne exit it's a fairly sharp right turn that is bound to take a newbie by surprise, and the exit is sharing the road with traffic that is entering, so signal early and slow early and gradually so the car riding your bumper has a chance to react. Another road thing: the final sign that marks the exit may very well be missing - that is, laid flat by the many cars that are surprised by the sharp turn and try to snatch the wheel right at 50 mph. I live near that exit and can hear the tire sequels quite often. But enough about that.

At Mexicali "Live", you don't have to worry about the grub. They have a top flight set up - quality taps and outstanding bar food - no, it's better than bar food! The audience skews "young" - under 30ish, depending on the slate that night, but that's about normal for a venue of this ilk. And keep in mind, this is no nightclub - this is a purist's paradise - nobody in suits or with the collars pointing at the shoulders and unbuttoned to the navel. This is Jersey, but not the Jersey shore. They maintain a website with the schedule of bands - any band that is somebody values Mexicali Live as a venue. And the lesser known the better anyway - they are all living the dream, aren't they? MY DREAM! Can you tell I like the place? This is all from a guy that has only been in there one time!

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If you appreciate live music, I'd recommend you keep an eye on their website as they frequently have national acts for great ticket prices. Eating dinner there is much more enjoyable now that smoking has been banned. The menu is eclectic, but don't go for the food. It's really all about the music here.

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If you appreciate live music, I'd recommend you keep an eye on their website as they frequently have national acts for great ticket prices. Eating dinner there is much more enjoyable now that smoking has been banned. The menu is eclectic, but don't go for the food. It's really all about the music here.

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A neighborhood cafe that showcases fine blues and other musicians, some big bill names for a low price and a intimate setting. The selection of beers includes several microbrews.

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A neighborhood cafe that showcases fine blues and other musicians, some big bill names for a low price and a intimate setting. The selection of beers includes several microbrews.

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