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. Monday is the new Thursday, which replaced Friday and Saturday, but it doesn't matter: 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 1930's 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 "seeandbeseen" 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 their online nightlife guide, PM, via their website (www.papermag.com). Another streetwise mag, the L Magazine (www.thelmagazine.com), lists what's happening at many of the city's lounges and clubs, as well as dance and comedy performances. 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 their 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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A row of lawn jockeys welcomes you to this former speakeasy, celebrated for having pulled in famous writers and movie stars through most...

(Le) Poisson Rouge

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Underneath the site of the late, lamented Village Gate jazz emporium is this cutting-edge jewel of a place, whose name means "the Red...

124 Rabbit Club

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Named for a 19th-century bar on, or near, its current site, this tiny-yet-charming exotic beer bar could easily steal the motto of the...

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A pleasant place to linger with a glass of wine or a craft beer, this low-lit bar with exposed brick and a high ceiling has an extensive...

68 Jay Street Bar

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Friendly regulars and weekday happy hour (5 to 7 pm) make this casual, unpretentious bar in the former Grand Union Tea Company building...

Alameda

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Sophisticates perch on stools at the striking U-shaped bar for creative yet approachable cocktails like the Little Red Book, which blends...

American Trash

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You might tell from the name that this isn't exactly your granddad's UES drinking establishment. Bicycle tires, golf clubs, and other...

Apotheke

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Tucked away down a winding lane deep in Chinatown, this cocktail apothecary is a surprising find in a neighborhood known more for soup...

Arlene's Grocery

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On Monday nights, crowds pack into this former Puerto Rican bodega for Rock 'n' Roll Karaoke, where they live out their rock-star dreams...

Auction House

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This Victorian-style lounge brings a touch of downtown chic to the sometimes suburban-feeling Upper East Side with candlelit tables,...

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