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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Don't Tell Mama

  • Cabaret

Composer-lyricist hopefuls and established talents show their stuff until 4 am, seven nights a week, at this convivial Theater District...

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...

The Box

  • Cabaret

A white-hot sensation as soon as it opened several years ago, Simon Hammerstein's Roaring Twenties–style cabaret-cum–burlesque show–cum–performance...

The Duplex

  • Cabaret

No matter who's performing, the largely gay audience hoots and hollers in support of the often kitschy performers at this music-scene...

Feinstein's at Loews Regency

  • Cabaret

That the world-touring Michael Feinstein performs a residency here only once a year (usually in winter) and still gets the venue named...

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