Party Earth Review A quick glance at the grungy façade of Lit Lounge is enough to reveal the venue’s attitude – secretive, grimy, and underground, the perfect reflection of skateboarder Eric Foss and the select enclave of artists who opened this vampiric watering hole to support Fuse Gallery next door. With a dimly-lit lounge and dance area ... read full review of Lit Lounge
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 Wrapping the hard-shelled authenticity of a food truck with the flour-soft comfort of a sit-down restaurant, Cascabel Taqueria East lives by the motto that patrons should “eat, drink, and love tacos.” Originally a counter-service establishment, the expanded venue’s interior is awash in a citrus explosion of lemon and lime ... more
Party Earth Review Named after a mythical siren of the Rhine River, Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten lures a clientele of beer lovers both day and night. The rustic brick and wood front room sports pine tables and a long black bar, where financial types and young professionals mingle with hip downtown artists over savory German food and massive ... 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 ... read full review of Simyone Lounge "SL"
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 Although the venue still has an awning reading “Westside Gentleman’s Club,” which confuses out of towners looking for a lap dance, Westway is now a fledgling nightclub helmed by Jane Ballroom nightlife impresarios Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte. The duo retained much of the original décor, creating a sexy spot for the ... more
Party Earth Review Tucked away beneath an art gallery, Home Sweet Home is a kitschy underground lair that has indeed become a second home to the chic and edgy night-crawling denizens of Nolita and the Lower East Side. A combination bar, dance den, and live music venue, this one-room space packs in a lot of action, all of it thoroughly enjoyed ... 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.