Party Earth Review Fashionistas looking for a place to wear their killer heels will want to totter over to Southside, an upscale nightclub promising a high-energy night out to the few lucky souls who survive the bouncer test. Popular with rich kids and affluent neighborhood artists, models, and fashion industry types, the space features a ... read full review of Southside
Party Earth Review An exciting dance hall that distances itself from the traditional Meatpacking mega-club template, Cielo is clearly dedicated to the rhythm and the music. A pulsating bass gets the head-nodding started in the foyer, where lines of hip young professionals and beat-happy club kids getting frisked and ID’d start grooving before ... more
Party Earth Review Located in the historically hip Meatpacking District, Simyone Lounge – or “SL” as the in-crowd calls it – is a sleek and sexy hotspot popular with models, socialites, and affluent businessmen. Once past the velvet ropes, the attractive and fashionable clientele passes through a black mirrored entrance and into the front ... more
Party Earth Review Outsiders may wonder why so many young New Yorkers happily pay a $10 cover charge just to get into the somewhat seedy Mehanata Bulgarian Bar, but those in on the secret know that once inside, they’ll find a no-holds-barred pleasure palace where almost anything goes. Patrons who dare step into the dark dance den with its ... more
Party Earth Review The very definition of the term “megaclub,” Pacha is a sprawling multilevel incarnation of Ibiza’s hottest nightspot, drawing throngs of party people looking for a total club experience. Well-off frat dudes and stylish club girls jostle for position in long lines, waiting their turn to be frisked before being granted entrance ... read full review of Pacha
Party Earth Review Founded by the same people who created the downtown super-dive Welcome To The Johnsons, Sweet Paradise Lounge is another small and shadowy dive bar with a loyal following of rockers and artsy types. Embracing its former life as a candy store, the venue playfully offers patrons a great selection of movie-theater candy, so ... more
Party Earth Review In the heart of Williamsburg’s ongoing transformation (de-evolution?) from grungy to chic, The Charleston remains proudly on the grungy side. Old chandeliers cast a dim glow over this rough-around-the-edges dive, creating soft shadows that hide the nicks in the ratty tables and checkered floor that have probably been there ... more
Party Earth Review A large pub that feels far removed from the ever-congested late-night world of nearby clubs, Dewey’s Flatiron draws a sports-loving crowd for cheap game-day pitchers and greasy, filling bar food. Seventeen flat-screens on the exposed brick walls display football, baseball, and Premier League soccer, all of ... more
Denizens and visitors alike know that the bars and clubs in New York are second to none, but the city’s reputation really lives up to the hype in the high-end version of this vast nightlife scene, a gilt-edged world that most people only read about or see in movies – the NYC of luxury, wealth, fame, and excess.
From the lavish Meatpacking District clubs and their multimillion-dollar designs to the stunning rooftop bars and lounges in Chelsea and exclusive underground hideaways in Nolita, there’s no end to the guest-list playgrounds where Wall Street millionaires, A-list celebrities, trust-fund kids, and socialites can hold court over bottomless bottles of Veuve and Grey Goose, barely flinching at the five-figure bill at the end of the night.
The city is nothing if not versatile, however, and those willing to brave the long lines and maybe grease the door guy will find plenty of opportunities to buy twenty-dollar drinks, flaunt their designer duds, and toast the good life in the more attainable upscale bars and clubs that don’t require a famous name just to get in.
What keeps these spendthrift partygoers truly stimulated, though, is the constant flow of new venues to check out and new crowds to impress, as nightlife impresarios try to one-up each other with the next best thing – resulting in a revolving door of clubs and lounges that keeps the in-crowd on its toes.
Besides all the glitzy venues that make up the high-end nightlife scene, New York is also known for its vast array of bars and clubs that cater to the city’s melting pot of personalities, from counterculture, hipper-than-thou, alternative, and creative types to young professionals, preppy college kids, sports fans, and blue-collar Joes who live and breathe New York’s incredible energy.
Over in Chinatown and the East Village, hip, alternative trendsetters head to hole-in-the-wall bars, dirty dives, DIY upstarts, and sweaty dance dens to down cheap beer, while New York’s sports culture is well represented by hundreds of bars and pubs all over the city where fun-loving, more mainstream crowds show up to watch the Yankees, Jets, Knicks, and countless other teams over a few friendly brews.
And to top it all off, a bevy of accessible singles haunts dot Murray Hill and the Village around the NYU campus, where college kids and young professionals come together for all-night booze fests and barhopping adventures often commemorated by photo-booth pictures that no one remembers taking.