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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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...

Bedford Hall

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A loungy bar and restaurant with leather sofas, a billiards table and performance space in back (go for burlesque nights on first Tuesdays)...

Bizarre

  • Music Clubs

Live music and theatrical performances at this appropriately named bar range from burlesque to circus to all kinds of quirky performance...

Black Bear Bar

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This semi-divey, industrial-style 6,000-square-foot space has a long zinc bar, floors reclaimed from an auto-wrecking shop, and motorcycle...

Cellar Bar

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Underneath the Bryant Park Hotel—and a tiled, arched ceiling—is one of the more spectacular spaces in Midtown. As a DJ with a taste...

Corner Social

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With nearly 20 beers on tap, sports on big screens, and bar food that's anything but boring, it's no surprise that this neighborhood...

Crown Inn

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

Any night of the week, a chill crowd convenes at this simple neighborhood bar for drink specials ($5 Kirin), cocktails, several wines...

Dear Irving

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This cocktail parlor invites Gramercy locals inside with its name, the beginning of a letter to the lovely Irving Place on which the...

Doris

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The unassuming yellow door is just the first indication of the cheery vibe that is Doris, but it's not the last. Southwestern-style accents...

Dutch Kills

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The dark bar and cozy wooden booths at Dutch Kills—a cocktail den with a nod to the neighborhood's historic roots—serves up finely...

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