Party Earth Review Built in 1880 and frequented by 1950s literary greats like Mailer, Ginsburg, and Kerouac, the White Horse Tavern still attracts the artistically inclined denizens of the West Village. Both day and night, would-be writers and college students settle into faded red-cushioned booths to scribble away, perhaps inspired by the ... read full review of White Horse Tavern
Party Earth Review Discreetly concealed behind a nondescript awning lined with blue Christmas lights lies d.b.a., a no-frills alehouse featuring over 250 international beers. On weekday evenings, the place is generally packed with a slightly older crowd of forty-something business people who line up at the long wood bar to sip rare whiskeys ... more
Party Earth Review Trendy partiers looking to enjoy some seriously varied eye candy will want to head to lux restaurant RSVP, which, besides offering brunch practically all day, touts a varied schedule of themed events – from cabaret to magic shows – that deliver a different experience on every visit. The sunken dining room exudes a sort ... more
Party Earth Review The name may evoke memories of plastic trays, long lines, and globs of gelatinous stew, but Cafeteria – with its mod-cubist interior and upscale twists on American comfort food – certainly doesn’t look like the average school lunchroom. Launched in 1998, the venue remains a local Chelsea favorite, hosting a lively trendy ... more
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 ... read full review of Above Allen
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 ... more
Party Earth Review When one of the hottest clubs in Las Vegas opens a New York location, elite partygoers expect nothing less than the biggest, brightest, and most over-the-top venue – and that’s exactly what Lavo delivers. Throngs of in-the-know partiers start lining up early for the chance to spend the night rubbing shoulders with celebrities ... more
Party Earth Review A Village mainstay since the 1950s, The Fat Black Pussycat has earned its nine lives as a continuously popular bar and lounge for downtown bar hoppers and local regulars alike. An easygoing atmosphere with a splash of jazz flavor makes patrons feel right at home as they belly up to the bar to chat over Anchor Steams, or ... 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.