Party Earth Review The younger sister of swanky STK steakhouse in the Meatpacking District, STK Midtown brings its signature feminine touch to the serving of cow, and plops it down in the country’s busiest commercial district. Set inside the towering Grace Building and surrounded by offices, the venue draws an after-work crowd of dapper ... read full review of STK Midtown
Party Earth Review The Bowery has come a long way since its historic skid row days, and the elegant Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel is a prime example of how the street has turned grit into glamour over the past few decades. A nostalgic décor recalling the grand parlors of yesteryear forms the backdrop for this disheveled but sexy hangout ... more
Party Earth Review Located in a former storage facility beneath the trendy Dream Downtown hotel, Electric Room is a tiny Chelsea hotspot that only a tiny few will ever be deemed worthy to see. Developed by Nur Kahn – the New York nightlife titan, not the eighth governor of West Pakistan – the venue is accessed either via a graffiti-laden ... more
Party Earth Review The true standard for New York’s tiki enthusiasts, Otto’s Shrunken Head mixes equal parts classic beach vibe and rebellious downtown swagger to create a tall glass of surf-punk heaven. Every night, rockers in bowling shirts and chatty groups of work friends file past the grimacing tikis and shrunken heads in the colorful ... more
Party Earth Review Patrons might experience a bit of déjà vu when they walk into Botanica Bar, a quintessential dive bar whose black-and-red linoleum and second-hand décor every New Yorker has seen at least once, but was probably too drunk to remember. Friday and Saturday nights draw an intoxicated weekend warrior crowd that swarms around ... read full review of Botanica Bar
Party Earth Review An elegant addition to restaurateur Daniel Boulud’s impressive New York credits, Bar Pleiades and its luxurious Chanel-inspired design attracts an affluent but casual local clientele looking for great conversation and exquisite cocktails. Situated in the lobby of the swanky Surrey Hotel, the bar boasts a striking black ... more
Party Earth Review A saloon-style gastropub in the heart of posh Upper East Side may seem out of place, but whether catering to wealthy local suits or artsy hipsters wandering out of the Met a few blocks away, The Penrose is a veritable Shangri-la for craft brews, locally sourced grub, and a cool neighborhood vibe… …in a neighborhood not ... more
Party Earth Review The name may evoke memories of plastic trays, long lines, and globs of gelatinous stew, but Cafeteria – with its mod-cubist interior and upscale twists on American comfort food – certainly doesn’t look like the average school lunchroom. Launched in 1998, the venue remains a local Chelsea favorite, hosting a lively trendy ... 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.