They don’t call it the ‘city that never sleeps’ for nothing. Nightlife in New York accommodates every taste – even the craziest, and the number of options available can actually be overwhelming. From bars for smokers to Burlesque Shows to trendy dive bars, the city has it all.
With a collection of offerings ranging from hip-hop to house to punk, New York is probably the best city to spend the night dancing away. Some of the hottest dance clubs in the city include Cielo, providing soulful house music and various genres of electronic in the Meatpacking District, the club is built for dancing and boasts an impressive sound system, and Touch, a 12,000 square foot, three level high-end design dance venue on 52nd Street.
A growing attraction in New York City, several establishments host travelling Burlesque troupes. These nights filled with music, dance, song and humour are generally not scheduled in advance and it’s always better to check in advance to make sure the event is actually taking place. Venues famous for Burlesque are, Public Assembly at 70 North 6th Street with a 4,000 square foot area which features various events with Burlesque on Monday nights and the Slipper Room, 167 Orchard Street, featuring a variety of performances including Burlesque and sketch comedy.
Enjoy cheaper drinks in shabby surroundings at the dive bars which have become the modern trend. Featuring a kind of shabbiness that is really desirable, especially if the mood calls for it, there are many of this sort in New York. Surviving over 50 years, the Billymark’s West, 9th Avenue, is probably the original dive bar in the city. Try the notoriously anonymous Alibi Club in Brooklyn for dirt cheap drinks or for the ‘diviest’ experience try the Montero’s Bar and Grill in Brooklyn.
Being the jazz capital of the world, New York boasts some of the best jazz venues. Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street, is a world-renowned arts organisation dedicated to Jazz. It features a comprehensive array of guest artists performing at varied events. Originally the hotbed of jazz the Birdland has now re-emerged in Midtown Manhattan with some of the best jazz on the planet, featuring some of the best known in the field. For pitch perfect jazz by world-class performers, in a warm, comfortable atmosphere try the Jazz standard, 27th Street.
In case you are venturing out in New York all by your self, the city is brimming with singles and there are exclusive singles’ hangout joints. The Long Island City Lic Bar is a classis New York watering hole with a friendly atmosphere and allows dogs and smoking. The Last Exit on Atlantic Avenue is a classic example of Brooklyn’s vibrant night scene featuring weekly live performances and an outdoor garden. Some other hot spots for singles include the roof top at the Delancey, The Larry Lawrence, Grand Street, and the gastro-pub style music venue, the White Rabbit.
Late night dining – the excitement, the booze, the energetic dancing is sure to leave you exhausted and hungry. For a late bite try the Coffee Shop, 16th Street, for a range of diner food and fine Brazilian, stuffed delicatessen sandwiches at the Carnegie Deli, 55th Street, or Tom’s Restaurant for a range of dinner specials in a friendly atmosphere.