Party Earth Review Harkening back to the classier side of Prohibition, the 2nd Floor on Clinton is a cozy piece of boozer nostalgia worlds apart from the Barramundi bar beneath it. Relaxed upper-crust groups and in-the-know students looking to splurge make their way through Barramundi, ring a buzzer next to a door marked PRIVATE, and are ... read full review of 2nd Floor on Clinton
Party Earth Review First-timers who come upon the plain exterior of Darkroom won’t be able to tell what they’re in for, but those who dare to venture down the dim staircase will need only one look at the crowded room of drunken young urbanites rocking out on the dance floor and making out in the corners to understand the venue’s appeal. This ... more
Party Earth Review A classic neighborhood bar located between two eclectic, party-loving areas, Automatic Slims definitely packs in the best of the Meatpacking clubbers and artsy West Village revelers. By day, the sun-filled venue with its black-and-red checkerboard floor, whitewashed walls, and vintage photos of musicians and celebrities ... more
Party Earth Review Although a neon sign by the bar clearly states that “this is not a brothel – there are no prostitutes at this address,” first-time visitors to Mister H could be forgiven for thinking this opium-den-meets-swanky-lounge might still offer a little ill repute. The venue’s location in the luxurious Mondrian Soho doesn’t give ... more
Party Earth Review A DIY joint to its core, Kings County is the perfect after-work watering hole for the everyday hipster, as well as a great spot to enjoy multiple Happy Hours, catch an art show, and even watch a little burlesque. Bearded scene kids and punk rockers pass beneath the iron crown hanging over the otherwise unmarked door, stumbling ... read full review of Kings County
Party Earth Review It may be located on the backside of the Gansevoort Hotel, but über-exclusive nightclub and lounge Provocateur might as well be on the backside of Mars considering most people’s chances of getting in. Split into two separate spaces, the venue features a garden lounge called the Café on one side and the lavish club on the ... more
Party Earth Review Boasting forty hi-def flat-screen TVs and a rustic yet sophisticated dark pine décor, The Ainsworth is an expansive gastropub and sports bar that attracts a clientele of upscale sports enthusiasts and local nine-to-fivers. While daytime sees a bustling business lunch crowd filling the chocolate leather banquettes in the ... more
Party Earth Review Cocktail connoisseurs in the market for a refreshing take on after-dinner drinks need look no further than Weather Up, a romantic little gem quietly hiding behind an unmarked subway-tile façade. No doubt thanks to the personal touch of British owner and namesake Kathryn Weatherup, the cozy space exudes a warm English pub ... 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.