Party Earth Review Adventurous souls in search of the ultimate dive bar need look no further than the Holland Cocktail Lounge, the preferred location for dedicated dive hunters in search of the down-and-dirtiest watering hole in New York. This venerable beer joint consists of the barest essentials – namely, a long bar inside a narrow space ... read full review of Holland Cocktail Lounge
Party Earth Review A swanky multilevel space with an exclusive vibe, Avenue is an elegant hotspot on the club scene that attracts a clientele of fashionably-dressed socialites, celebs, and beautiful people. Patrons admitted into the long and narrow main room with its soaring vaulted ceiling and austere oak and cork paneled walls will find ... 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 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
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 Held over from the venue’s previous incarnation, a sign out front promises “authentic southern and Cajun cookin’,” but the trendy gals and hip locavores at ACME won’t find gumbo on the restaurant’s avant-garde Nordic menu, nor is there a trace of Louisiana in the chilled-out but über-exclusive downstairs lounge. Well-connected ... more
Party Earth Review The name of this sake bar is louder than its appearance as a flashing “ON AIR” sign beckons visitors to venture down the narrow marble staircase at Decibel, a tightly packed and very dark space highlighted by a single bar eerily lit with rope lights and decked out in a mix of old Japan and downtown Manhattan. With its graffiti ... more
Party Earth Review Despite its dubious name, divey rock bar and tapas joint No Fun really does promise a fun time for folks who like their small plates with a helping of rocker attitude. The name actually comes from an old Stooges song, an inspiration made obvious by the framed photo of Iggy Pop that glares down menacingly from over the ... 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.