Party Earth Review One glance at the elegant Monkey Bar, an old New York-style bar on the ground floor of the luxurious boutique Hotel Elysée – nicknamed the “easy lay” in the 40s – will convince dapper patrons they’ve been transported to the era of brandy, cigars, and effortless class that marked the bar’s original opening in 1936. Ambient ... read full review of Monkey Bar
Party Earth Review Two barely furnished rooms, an eclectic performance calendar, and entry through a gray service door all mark Death By Audio as the DIY space it is, another welcome venue in Williamsburg’s grand tradition of basement gigs and house shows. Bearded regulars and teenage newcomers wander past exposed pipes and into the wide ... more
Party Earth Review One might not expect to find an A-list celebrity hotspot with an unlisted phone number lurking beneath a greasy spoon Mexican taqueria in the desolate No Man’s Land between SoHo and Little Italy, but that’s just one of many surprises in store at La Esquina. Opened in 2005, this basement den of debauchery still packs in ... more
Party Earth Review Located in a former storage facility beneath the trendy Dream Downtown hotel, Electric Room is a tiny Chelsea hotspot that only a tiny few will ever be deemed worthy to see. Developed by Nur Kahn – the New York nightlife titan, not the eighth governor of West Pakistan – the venue is accessed either via a graffiti-laden ... more
Party Earth Review Spanning sixteen thousand square feet over three floors, Stout NYC is an immense but homey Irish pub usually filled with a bustling crowd of young professionals – not to mention the yells of rowdy University of Texas football fans who have made the pub their official hangout on fall Saturday afternoons. Originally designed ... read full review of Stout NYC
Party Earth Review From its Rat Pack-referencing name to the half-drawn Venetian blinds in its storefront window, The Summit Bar is a stylish cocktail den conceived by Hamid Rashidzada and mixologist Greg Seider. An impressive selection of organic cocktails, including gimlets with agave, as well as artisanal appetizers draws packs of drink ... 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 ... more
Party Earth Review Patrons might experience a bit of déjà vu when they walk into Botanica Bar, a quintessential dive bar whose black-and-red linoleum and second-hand décor every New Yorker has seen at least once, but was probably too drunk to remember. Friday and Saturday nights draw an intoxicated weekend warrior crowd that swarms around ... 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.