New York City Nightlife

New Yorkers are fond of the "work hard, play hard" maxim, but the truth is, Gothamites don't need much of an excuse to hit the town. Any day of the week could easily be mistaken for a Friday or Saturday; the bottom line is that there's always plenty to do in this 24-hour city. Whether it's raising a glass in a divey 1930s saloon, a gay sports bar, the latest dimly lit cocktail den, or a swanky rooftop

lounge; checking out the latest band; or laughing it up at a comedy show, it isn't hard for visitors to get a piece of the action.

The nightlife scene still resides largely downtown—in the dives of the East Village and Lower East Side, the classic jazz joints of the West Village, and the Meatpacking District's and Chelsea's "see-and-be-seen" clubs. Midtown, especially around Hell's Kitchen, has developed a vibrant scene, too, and plenty of preppy hangouts dot the Upper East and Upper West Sides. Brooklyn, especially Williamsburg, is the destination for hipsters.

Keep in mind that when you go is just as important as where you go. A club that is packed at 11 pm might empty out by midnight, and a bar that raged last night may be completely empty tonight. Paper magazine has a good list of roving parties. You can check its online nightlife guide, PM, via its website (www.papermag.com). Scour industry-centric websites, too, like Eater and Grub Street, which catalog the comings and goings of many a nightlife impresario. The New York Times has listings of cabaret and jazz shows, most comprehensively in its Friday and Sunday Arts sections. Bear in mind that a venue's life span is often measured in months, not years. Phone ahead or check online to make sure your target hasn't closed or turned into a polka hall (although, you never know—that could be fun, too).

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Union Pool

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This former pool-supply store is a funky multipurpose venue, complete with a corrugated tin–backed bar, a photo booth, a small stage...

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

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Raucous sketch comedy, audience-initiated improv, and classic stand-up take turns onstage here at the city's absolute capital for alternative...

Verboten

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After more than a decade promoting events in the underground music scene, the team behind Verboten opened this nightclub in a 10,000-square...

Videology

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Depending on whom you ask, Videology is a bar with a screening room or a screening room with a bar. The laid-back space is divided in...

Village Vanguard

  • Music Clubs

This prototypical jazz club, tucked into a cellar in the Village since the 1940s, has been the haunt of legends like Thelonious Monk...

Vol de Nuit

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Tucked away from the street, the "Belgian Beer Bar" (as everybody calls it) features a European-style, enclosed outdoor courtyard and...

Washington Commons

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With more than a dozen taps and many more bottled and canned varieties, the beer selection is one of two major attractions at this dark,...

Weather Up

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A classy speakeasy-style bar with an unmarked door and an amber-lit interior framed by subway tile, Weather Up is an excellent date spot.

White Horse Tavern

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According to New York legend, writer Dylan Thomas drank himself to death in this historic West Village tavern founded in 1880. When the...

Wilfie & Nell

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Combine the cozy atmosphere and frothy pints standard at Irish pubs with a well-heeled West Village crowd and you get Wilfie & Nell,...

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