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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Beauty Bar

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Grab a seat in a barber chair or under a dryer at this made-over hair salon where, during happy hour, the manicurist will do your nails...

Death + Company

  • Bars/Pubs

Theater behind the bar, inventive cocktails, and decadent bar bites bring thirsty New Yorkers to the sister lounge of the equally imaginative...

Eastern Bloc

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Sweaty guys pack into this tiny, dingy hot spot to dance in scarlet light beneath hammer-and-sickle-theme decor. The scantily outfitted...

Joe's Pub

  • Cabaret

Wood paneling, red-velvet walls, and comfy sofas make a lush setting for top-notch performers and the A-list celebrities who love them(or...

Karma

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At the top of the "hookah bar" heap that has taken this neighborhood by storm, Karma provides a stylish sprawl with Indian decor (dig...

Lit Lounge

  • Music Clubs

With a rock roster that's included musical forces as diverse as Devendra Banhart and the Hold Steady, Lit is a wonderfully grungy East...

Mayahuel

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The Agave goddess is behind the name of this cocktail den, where all manner of Aztec spirits (raspberry tea–infused tequila, pineapple-infused...

McSorley's Old Ale House

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One of New York's oldest saloons (it claims to have opened in 1854) and immortalized by New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell, McSorley's...

Otto's Shrunken Head Tiki Bar & Lounge

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Who says NYC doesn't appeal to all tastes? Should you get a sudden urge to visit a tiki bar while in the East Village—and who doesn't...

PDT

  • Bars/Pubs

Those who crave their cocktails with a little cloak-and-dagger really flip over PDT (which stands for "Please Don't Tell"). Housed beside...

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