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 A large pub that feels far removed from the ever-congested late-night world of nearby clubs, Dewey’s Flatiron draws a sports-loving crowd for cheap game-day pitchers and greasy, filling bar food. Seventeen flat-screens on the exposed brick walls display football, baseball, and Premier League soccer, all of ... more
Party Earth Review Fashionistas looking for a place to wear their killer heels will want to totter over to Southside, an upscale nightclub promising a high-energy night out to the few lucky souls who survive the bouncer test. Popular with rich kids and affluent neighborhood artists, models, and fashion industry types, the space features a ... more
Party Earth Review A charming combination of intense wine knowledge and tongue-in-cheek geek humor awaits wine lovers at Terroir, a cozy twenty-four-seat wine bar run by the owners of the nearby intimate Hearth restaurant. Billing itself as “the elitist wine bar for everyone,” this tiny space does indeed offer an unpretentious and inviting ... more
Party Earth Review Named after the Norse god of mischief, Loki Lounge embraces the duplicitous nature of its namesake by combining a decent local bar with an elegant lounge popular with an after-work crowd. The front area looks much like any other tavern with the requisite exposed brick walls dotted with sports jerseys and liquor advertisements ... read full review of Loki Lounge
Party Earth Review Sophisticated night owls looking for an upscale venue with breathtaking views won’t want to miss 230 Fifth, a luxurious lounge and rooftop bar that offers high-class excitement with a refreshingly unpretentious attitude. Well-dressed business types and out-of-towners stepping off the elevator on the twentieth floor will ... more
Party Earth Review Game lovers and jazz fans won’t want to miss Fat Cat, a vast subterranean, one-room club and game room offering a great mix of friendly competition and live music. Although there’s a simple bar serving only beer, wine, and soju cocktails, most of the crowd of hipsters and students heads straight for the open gaming area ... more
Party Earth Review Wrapping the hard-shelled authenticity of a food truck with the flour-soft comfort of a sit-down restaurant, Cascabel Taqueria East lives by the motto that patrons should “eat, drink, and love tacos.” Originally a counter-service establishment, the expanded venue’s interior is awash in a citrus explosion of lemon and lime ... 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.