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 A lively sports bar with a classic West Village feel, Barrow Street Ale House is a refuge for blue-collars, young professionals, and students in need of a beer and a sports fix. Patrons entering the narrow space will find typical pub trappings like wooden booths, a weathered bar lit by a single iron chandelier, and the ... more
Party Earth Review With its neon signs and looming black-and-blue awning, The Stumble Inn is easy to find – and with its fantastic drink deals, friendly bartenders, and daily beer pong matches, it’s kind of hard to leave. A wide selection of bottles and drafts awaits the crowd of young professionals and local students who gather at the long ... more
Party Earth Review Multi-faceted Uptown Restaurant and Bar is a popular after-work hangout that’s a good notch classier than a sports bar – from its bold décor and live jazz to its sizeable drinks list – but still promises a rowdy weekend vibe and a chance to catch the game in style. The back area boasts pink and purple walls, sheer drapes ... more
Party Earth Review With its cavernous space, delicious eats, and sideshow theme, the sleek Brooklyn Bowl turns the typical bowling alley on its head and gives it an amusing spin. Once past the velvet ropes, giggling crowds of students and good-natured young professionals looking to bowl make their way to the shoe counter, decked out with ... read full review of Brooklyn Bowl
Party Earth Review Although its first-come first-served door policy is deadly serious, Death & Co.’s mix of cocktail den class and warm personality makes this sleek lounge far more welcoming than its name suggests. A chic clientele of suited financiers and fashionable model types are ushered through large wooden doors and black drapes into ... more
Party Earth Review Named for the 19th-century actress, model, and socialite Lillie Langtry, Lillie’s is an Irish-Victorian bar popular with business people, creative types, and weekend pub crawlers. Although rushed office types hurrying to the back tables for a quick lunch and free Wi-Fi probably won’t notice the rotary phone, tinted glass ... more
Party Earth Review Discreetly concealed behind a nondescript awning lined with blue Christmas lights lies d.b.a., a no-frills alehouse featuring over 250 international beers. On weekday evenings, the place is generally packed with a slightly older crowd of forty-something business people who line up at the long wood bar to sip rare whiskeys ... 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.