Party Earth Review Despite its popularity with Armani-clad Wall Streeters, Bar Seven Five in the Andaz Hotel is an unpretentious and informal locale perfect for after-work drinks. A stone staircase leads up from the lobby into an airy high-ceilinged room with large windows, wooden floors, paneled walls, and a series of hefty black butcher ... read full review of Bar Seven Five
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of Times Square – and marked by a superbly kitschy neon sign of Bowlmor Bob, a zoot-suited man winging a ball – Bowlmor Lanes is the Wayne Newton of bowling alleys, a multilevel funfest comprised of a high-end restaurant, a relaxing lounge, and a wide array of themed lanes. Once past the 50s-inspired ... more
Party Earth Review Grand Central commuters looking for a swanky cocktail in a historical setting will want to check out The Campbell Apartment, a luxurious 1920s throwback featuring intricate woodwork, soaring leaded glass windows, a decorative beamed ceiling, and creative cocktails with names like Prohibition Punch and Flapper’s Delight ... more
Party Earth Review Light on the décor but heavy on the beer and the flat-screen TVs, Blondies is a must for die-hard fans in need of a sports fix, whether they want to see the NBA Finals or Sunday NFL football. An illuminated awning and double glass doors lead sports lovers into the no-frills pub, which features a long wood bar, plain tables ... more
Party Earth Review The first entirely “green” club in New York, Greenhouse is a sprawling dance venue and lounge whose ever-changing lineup of DJs and musical genres attracts everyone from fashionable club kids on hip-hop nights, affluent hipsters on the weekends, and a gay-and-more scene for wild parties featuring performers, drag queens ... read full review of Greenhouse
Party Earth Review An oddly prominent underground music venue with large windows that let passersby see who’s on stage, Rockwood Music Hall hosts a full roster of up-and-coming indie artists and singer/songwriters that draws a loyal clientele of music lovers. Exposed brick, a barred-up window, and a derelict piano give the main room the cluttered ... 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
Party Earth Review Gin reigns supreme at The Shanty, a fact that’s hardly surprising given that this industrial but cozy space adjoins the New York Distilling Company. Two guesses what the NYDC’s principal product is. Opened in late 2011, the small square room with its poured cement floor, brooding brick walls, and Tetris-style sculpted ... 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.