Party Earth Review In the heart of Williamsburg’s ongoing transformation (de-evolution?) from grungy to chic, The Charleston remains proudly on the grungy side. Old chandeliers cast a dim glow over this rough-around-the-edges dive, creating soft shadows that hide the nicks in the ratty tables and checkered floor that have probably been there ... read full review of The Charleston
Party Earth Review Savvy travelers – and savvy readers of Party Earth – are already familiar with Experimental Cocktail Club, a cutting-edge haunt for intricate cocktails that opened to such success in Paris back in 2007 that it birthed a London location just a few years later. 2012 saw this popular haunt branch out again ... 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 Downtown scenesters looking to get away from the finance crowd may want to check out GalleryBar, a bi-level gallery and hangout that effortlessly blends seedy nightlife and artsy culture. A gallery by day featuring rotating exhibits of modern works by local painters and sculptors, at night the exposed brick venue opens ... more
Party Earth Review Serious beer drinkers will want to check out Radegast Hall & Biergarten, a Williamsburg staple whose faded wooden façade and steepled roof recall the authentic beer halls of the homeland. The cozy main pub room attracts a curious mix of sporty guys’ guys, fräuleins in vintage garb, and down-to-earth indie rockers, who gather ... read full review of Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Party Earth Review Although some might consider this tiny neighborhood bar to be the less flashy sister of fellow Niagara Group venue The Cabin Down Below, Lovers of Today is actually a lively little cocktail den serving up delectably inventive concoctions and an assorted mix-tape of tunes to an edgy, creative clientele. Housed in a converted ... more
Party Earth Review Situated just across the street from the Empire State Building, Legends is a classic sports bar and pub catering to tourists, sports fans, and midtown denizens. By day, a bustling lunch crowd of local business people and tired travelers with kids in tow settles into the booths up front under the mural of Roman philosophers ... 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
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.