Party Earth Review Built in 1880 and frequented by 1950s literary greats like Mailer, Ginsburg, and Kerouac, the White Horse Tavern still attracts the artistically inclined denizens of the West Village. Both day and night, would-be writers and college students settle into faded red-cushioned booths to scribble away, perhaps inspired by the ... read full review of White Horse Tavern
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 ... more
Party Earth Review Dedicated sports fans and singles looking for a pickup scene should head to Rogue, a vast and dimly-lit sports bar offering late-night Happy Hours, simple bar food, and a rambunctious clientele. A large projection screen and eight flat-screen TVs ensure that no one misses a moment of the games, boxing matches, and UFC fights ... more
Party Earth Review An intimate music hall, wine bar, restaurant, and subterranean winery all unite at City Winery, an expansive multifaceted venue where the oenophile and the audiophile both find something to love. Goliath wooden pillars line the otherwise minimally decorated ground floor, perhaps designed to keep the emphasis on the expansive ... more
Party Earth Review Though located on an unassuming stretch of Grand Street that’s abundant with beauty salons and Chinese take-out, chic bistro Le Barricou adds a hearty dose of southern France to Brooklyn. A popular first (second…fiftieth) date spot, the expansive venue offers a rustic countryside ambiance with lots of natural light, mounted ... read full review of Le Barricou
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 Whipping up enough Guinness-soaked rowdiness to satisfy any young Midtown denizen’s appetite for after-work unwinding, McFadden’s Saloon draws a consistent crowd of party girls and game twenty-something professionals who like a little swank with their pint-swilling. A stylized Irish pub that’s heavier on the “style” than ... 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
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.