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New York City Nightlife
New York City Nightlife

© Alan Turkus

Spend one evening in Manhattan and you'll quickly realize why it's called "the city that never sleeps". Each neighborhood offers a different scene - around one corner a dive bar dating to the 1800s, the next a VIP nightclub with lines of flashy hopefuls dying to make it past the velvet rope. Whatever you fancy, NY has it. You can be sure about that.

New York City Nightlife Articles

Bars with a Twist
  • Bars with a Twist
  • Sawdust on the floor, booze behind the counter, stools and booths abound … Let's face it: sometimes a bar is just a bar. But in New York City, sometimes a bar is something else entirely, like a retail store or a literary publisher.
Chinatown Picks
  • Chinatown Picks
  • There is a clean-cut dichotomy between New York City's residential neighborhoods and its heavily commercial areas, and it is the norm for New Yorkers to avoid the latter, as they are bloated with sightseers.
Comedy Club Picks
  • Comedy Club Picks
  • Looking for some laughs? New York is home to some of the country's funniest comedians, and some of the biggest names in comedy got their start here. Caroline's on Broadway A place popular as a stepping-stone for future famous comedians is Caroline's on Broadway.
Gay Bar Picks
  • Gay Bar Picks
  • Thousands visit New York City to dip their toes in its pool of diverse and flavorful culture. One of the most prominent, dominant and fabulous is the gay community.
Karaoke Picks
  • Karaoke Picks
  • The shower is not the only place a musical guy or doll can let that inner Whitney Houston roar. New York City, home to some of the most talented singers in the world, also offers musical refuge to...
Lounge Picks
  • Lounge Picks
  • When the rowdiness of a bar gets to be too much, lounges are a good alternative. Usually less crowded, lounges have softer lighting, quality seating, and a dance floor, and these are just some of the perks.
Lower East Side Picks
  • Lower East Side Picks
  • New York City is famous for many things, one of those being its innate ability to burn a hole in visitors' wallets. For many, Manhattan is a place to work, live, or a popular vacation spot, but going out at night is an expensive feat – one that many find too pricey to pull off.
Open Mic Nights
  • Open Mic Nights
  • Even if you don't have the guts to get up in front of a bunch of strangers and showcase your talents, chances are one of your friends will be drunk enough to do so. New York City is the place where people go to make their dreams come true, so you might even catch a glimpse of a fledgling star.
SoHo Picks
  • SoHo Picks
  • Known for its eclectic and artistic atmosphere, it's not surprising that the nightlife south of Houston Street, more commonly known as SoHo, reflects the area's unique character. From dive bars to posh nightclubs, SoHo dishes up a variety of options to choose from for a great night out.
West Village Picks
  • West Village Picks
  • The Village, Downtown, The Lower West, "Where the Wild Things Are Past 9pm," Greenwich Village, or simply, the West Village. Along with its many names, the West Village is also one of the most historical areas in New York City.
Wine Bar Picks
  • Wine Bar Picks
  • Wine bars in NYC have gained extraordinary popularity in the past few years. Like local coffee shops and low-key bars, wine bars provide a casual atmosphere to meet friends for a drink and a snack. Wine bars range in price, food selection, size of wine list, and crowd.


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