Party Earth Review Celebrating the sultry pin-ups of the past with understated – and perhaps even dive-like – elegance, Nurse Bettie is a vintage burlesque bar that caters to modern day vamps and their fellas. Reverently displayed photos and paintings of sexy 50s icons – including, of course, the venue’s namesake, Bettie Page – hang from ... read full review of Nurse Bettie
Party Earth Review There’s no beating around the bush when it comes to getting into Above Allen – patrons either have the look or they don’t. Those who do make it past the double doormen will find themselves in an airy greenhouse lounge where a diverse clientele of everyone from local moneyed hipsters to European hotel guests mingles over ... more
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 ... more
Party Earth Review With its upstairs drinking lounge and downstairs performance space, Bowery Electric attracts a cross section of East Village hipsters, music lovers, and trendy young professionals eager to indulge in one of the best live music scenes in town. Fashionably dressed singles looking to mingle and flirt tend to hover around the ... more
Party Earth Review A Murray Hill mainstay since 2003, Rare Bar & Grill combines upscale diner fare and sweeping rooftop views, allowing its dapper patrons to enjoy their steakhouse burgers with a side of the Chrysler Building. The south side, to be exact. Attached to the boutique Affinia Shelburne hotel, Rare’s street-level restaurant performs ... read full review of Rare Bar & Grill (Lexington)
Party Earth Review Rooted on a rapidly gentrifying but still industrial stretch of Berry Street, Berry Park brings a spacious garden of beer to Brooklyn. Big steins of Germany’s finest (and a few other Euro imports) are the primary beverage for the groups of casual friends that perpetually pack the sparse rooftop’s communal tables, downing ... more
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 Students and twenty-something patrons nostalgic for their college days will want to check out Village Pourhouse, a boisterous beer bar offering enough Happy Hours, theme nights, sports events, and cheap food to satisfy just about anyone. Preppy beer scholars and NYU jocks from the dorms across the street pile in to 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.