Party Earth Review Nestled behind an unimposing storefront is the International Bar, a deliciously divey neighborhood hangout that brings a reliable mix of old-school booziness and crunchy art-teacher weirdness to the East Village. Exposed brick walls adorned with paintings by local artists, kitschy Halloween decorations, and Christmas lights ... read full review of International Bar
Party Earth Review Spanning sixteen thousand square feet over three floors, Stout NYC is an immense but homey Irish pub usually filled with a bustling crowd of young professionals – not to mention the yells of rowdy University of Texas football fans who have made the pub their official hangout on fall Saturday afternoons. Originally designed ... more
Party Earth Review There’s little more than a neon PSYCHIC sign out front, but just past the clairvoyant reading cards and behind the curtained door awaits a hardly secret speakeasy called Employees Only. Dubbed one of the “50 Best Bars in America” by Food & Wine in 2011, the venue’s 20s vibe is obvious, from the pressed-tin ceiling and ... more
Party Earth Review From Goodbye Blue Monday’s scrap yard décor right down to its Vonnegut-referencing title, this one-room coffee shop and live music venue has a stylized yet relaxed Wes Anderson-esque vibe that attracts both mods and indie rockers. A small sound booth surrounded by ceiling-high shelves stacked with records is just the beginning ... more
Party Earth Review A staple of the Lower East Side’s energetic nightlife, Spitzer’s Corner consistently has patrons swinging through its doors for a taste of one of eighty-plus craft beers or a bite of delectable pub grub like bowls of pickles and pork belly sandwiches. Big glass windows allow beer-dehydrated passersby to peer into what ... read full review of Spitzer's Corner
Party Earth Review Perched on the twelfth floor of the elegant Empire Hotel – home to one of the main characters on the TV show Gossip Girl – is the exclusive Rooftop Bar and Lounge, an upscale nightspot where pumping DJ music sets a sexy tone for the stiletto-wearing cosmopolitan set sprawled on the leather banquettes. Consisting of both ... more
Party Earth Review In a city dominated by towering steel and buzzing neon, the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a welcome cultural escape from the hard-edged bustle of New York. Museum patrons and couples in need of refreshment can head through the South Wing and take an elevator to the Iris and B. Gerald ... 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
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.