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Scenic views: See the city from above, close to the clouds in the Rockefeller and Empire State building or from the High Line park
Walking tours: See the bright lights of Times Square, stroll around Central Park or make your way over to Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge on foot
Easy transport: Hail down an iconic yellow taxi or head underground to the subway when travelling around New York on your evening out
Language: The language spoken in New York is English
Currency: The currency used in New York is the Dollar
Local time: New York is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: New York's main airports are John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark International Airport
Few cities in the US can match New York when it comes to nightlife. Whether you’re looking for the most incredible cocktail bars, trendy nightclubs in East Village or the best and biggest clubs around, New York nightlife has got everything.
A bar for every occasion
With plenty of bars and clubs scattered across the five boroughs, you can find exactly what you’re looking for and a few nice surprises too. Fancy visiting a prohibition-era speakeasy? Head down to Please Don’t Tell near the NoHo neighbourhood, where you’ll enter this secret bar through a phone booth.
The Meatpacking District is one of the most popular neighbourhoods to go out in, followed by the Lower East Side. Try one of the rooftop bars like Plunge or The Top of the Standard over in the Meatpacking District for unbelievable views and great cocktails.
Pubs and dive bars
169 Bar in Chinatown is the place to be if you want a really cool dive bar. You’ll get great drinks, cheap snacks and can even play pool on a leopard print pool table. Following on with the numbering theme, 7B in East Village is not only a great place for a proper beer but it’s also been used in several movies including The Godfather II.
New York has endless cocktail bars but if you want to steer away from the margaritas and move to draft beers, check out the bohemian area of Alphabet City in East Village. Here you’ll find the ABC Beer Co. with at least 12 beers on tap.
World-class DJs and the best cocktails
Weekends begin early in New York, with Thursday the most popular night for locals to hit the town. You might be dubious about paying $15 for a cocktail, but New Yorkers do most of their drinking at home. As a result, they only spend an average of $51 on a night out. Get yourself over to Employees Only in West Village to spend your $51 on some seriously delicious drinks and food.
If it’s New York nightclubs you’re after then you won’t have to look far. With world-renowned DJs playing every weekend, this is the city to dance the night away. For a party out of this world, get yourself to the House of Yes over the bridge in Brooklyn. This is a club where anything goes and it’s sure to be a night to remember. What if you want to party with the stars? Provocateur in the Meatpacking District is the place to see and be seen. Dress up and you’ll be welcomed with open arms.
Dress up and party on
New York nightlife is undeniably some of the best in the world. New bars and clubs open all the time and every season brings a new cool name in town. Remember to pack some nice evening clothes and a great pair of shoes if you plan on heading out to New York’s bars and clubs. While the boho themes of Brooklyn and the East Village might welcome shabby chic, many bars and clubs will not. Dress to the nines and go out and have the best time.