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 when the the mood strikes, there are always plenty of choices in this 24-hour city. Whether it's raising a glass in a historic saloon, a 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 and speakeasies of the East Village and Lower East Side, the classic jazz joints and piano bars 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 upscale hangouts dot the Upper East and Upper West Sides. Brooklyn and Harlem are go-to destinations for in-the-know locals.

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. Time Out New York magazine has a good list of roving parties (www.timeout.com/newyork), as does Urban Daddy (www.urbandaddy.com/new-york). Scour industry-centric websites, too, like Eater and Grub Street, which catalog the comings and goings of many a nightlife impresario. New York magazine and the New York Times have listings of cabaret and jazz shows, the latter mainly 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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Live music and theatrical performances at this appropriately named bar range from burlesque to circus to all kinds of quirky performance...

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The cocktail list at this small spot is full of the hits you'd expect at a bar run by the experts behind the two Weather Up spaces in...

Lot 45

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A sleek warehouse space, this loungelike affair bills itself as a "local living room,” and that's definitely the vibe, though the cocktails...

Pearl's Social and Billy Club

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Emblematic of the new Bushwick, this chill spot looks cool and has a laid-back personality as well as patrons who have lots of interesting...

Pine Box Rock Shop

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In a former coffin ("pine box") factory, this bar and performance space is best known for its beer selection, though the specialty vegan...

The Cobra Club

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Locals love this multifaceted hangout from early morning to late at night: it's a fun cocktail bar in the evening, with karaoke, dance...

The Sampler

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Craft-beer aficionados admire the extensive selection of this small bar and bottle shop that has a few tall tables as well as bar seats.

The Shop

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The motto of this beer, Texas barbecue, and music bar in an old motorcycle garage is a provocative "cook slow and ride fast." They could...

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