Bars and Clubs in New York

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    Decibel - Japanese Restaurant | Sake Bar in New York.

    Party Earth Review The name of this sake bar is louder than its appearance as a flashing “ON AIR” sign beckons visitors to venture down the narrow marble staircase at Decibel, a tightly packed and very dark space highlighted by a single bar eerily lit with rope lights and decked out in a mix of old Japan and downtown Manhattan. With its graffiti ... more

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    Bathtub Gin - Lounge | Restaurant | Gin Bar in New York.

    Party Earth Review It may be an ordinary coffee shop by day, but it’s the not-so-covertly hidden speakeasy in back that draws the real thirsty crowd to Bathtub Gin at night. Come 6pm, the bouncer makes the joint look like the most exclusive café in town, but patrons entering into this 1920s-styled watering hole aren’t looking for cappuccinos ... more

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    Fig. 19 - Bar | Speakeasy in New York.

    Party Earth Review Secreted behind an art gallery and directly above sister establishment Home Sweet Home, Fig. 19 is a small speakeasy with big-time exclusivity. Patrons won’t find velvet ropes, however, or the flashing bulbs of paparazzi, or any indication of this bar’s existence at all save for a Godzilla-sized doorman parked outside ... more

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    Bagatelle - Bar | French Restaurant | Lounge in New York.

    Party Earth Review Although it shut down back in 2011, Bagatelle resurfaced a year later, and its famed boozy brunch was born anew as if nothing had ever happened. Bagatelle 2.0 is located a couple of blocks from the old location in the heart of the trendy Meatpacking district, looking much the same as the original with its signature ... more

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    Rodeo Bar - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in New York.

    Party Earth Review Homesick southerners and anyone else ready to party Texas style should head to Rodeo Bar, an urban honky-tonk that brings the best of the Lone Star state to NYC. Floors littered with sawdust and peanut shells greet the after-work young professionals and students from the nearby School of Visual Arts who show up for Happy ... more

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    Maison Premiere - Bar | Lounge | Oyster Bar in New York.

    Party Earth Review A warm and stylish slice of the Big Easy right in the heart of Williamsburg, Maison Premiere is an oyster and absinthe bar catering to the more discerning hipsters of Bedford Avenue. Founded by Le Barricou’s Josh Boissy and decorated by John and Kevin McCormick of Moto and Smith & Mills fame, the venue provides a swanky ... more

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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.

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  1. Lucas

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    20s / Anything goes

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    20s / 30s

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  2. Adriana

    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

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    30s / A-list

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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  3. Jonah

    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

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