Where to Party in NYC: New York’s Top Bars and Clubs
The city that never sleeps truly lives up to its name, and you’ll never be short of something to do at night. Everyone has a different idea of what makes for the perfect night out though, so have a browse through our guide to help you find the best New York bars and nightclubs for you.
Best for dancing ‘til dawn
One of the most exclusive New York nightclubs, entry to The Oak comes at a price, but you’re guaranteed sophistication and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll run into a star or two.
House, RnB, Hip-hop
453W 17th in Chelsea
Top of the dance scene for over 12 years, Cielo has music at the heart and is the place to go if you love hardcore dance and trance tunes. DJs like David Guetta and Luciano cut their teeth in Cielo before their commercial success.
Deep house, Trance, Techno, Electro
18 Little W.12th in the Meatpacking District
With views of the Empire State and Wall Street, PHD is a rooftop bar with a club vibe, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail while taking in the famous skyline.
355 West 16th
Best for crafted cocktails
Fancy something, but not sure what? Attaboy is the place for you. With a no menu policy, you just describe what you’re in the mood for and the bartender will come up with the goods.
134 Eldridge Street, Manhattan
For a glimpse of dive bar chic, Wayland is a great place for a fun night out. There’s usually a band and you can grab a plate of local cheeses or a pulled pork sandwich too.
700 East 9th, Manhattan
Tucked away at the back of the Iroquois Hotel you’ll find a stylish New York bar for cocktail lovers. Reminiscent of a 1920’s salon, you’ll enjoy stepping into to a glamorous alternative to the clamour of Times Square.
49 West 44th Midtown
Best for live music
Host to legends like Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davies, this NYC institution is a must for jazz lovers. Its iconic status means you have to book, but for a taste of ‘30s New York, this place is hard to beat.
178 7th Avenue
To catch some up and coming sounds, Williamsburg is the place to be. Bar Velo is part of a vibrant music scene, and you’ll enjoy great drinks and hearty veggie food, as well as a range of local talent.
394 Broadway, Brooklyn
The Flat Iron Room
With a whisky-centric bar list, relaxed music to enhance your evening, and a distinctly Deco style, this New York bar has the perfect speakeasy vibe.
37 W 26th St
Best for one-off quirkiness
Once a genuine salon, Beauty Bar offers a marvellous combo of Martini and manicures that’s perfect after a day of retail therapy on 5th Avenue.
231 E 14th St
Funky and fun, this Midtown bar is decorated with vintage vinyl and glitter balls. You can grab a bit of Asian fusion food to go with your drinks, too.
756 9th Avenue
Apothéke Cocktail Bar
White coated mixologists will mix your perfect drink in this hard to find but worth-the-effort bar. A secret bar in the Gold Flower Restaurant, getting here is part of the fun.
9 Doyers St
Plan your night
With so many good places to enjoy, it’d be easy to spend a lot of your night walking from place to place. If you fancy ending up at a particular club, or starting at a specific restaurant, then build your night to maximise your time tasting those great cocktails.
NYC cocktails are strong! So to make sure you don’t peak too early, alternate your drinks with water and be sure to eat.
Prepare to be amazed
From secret coded entry to clubs with circus acts, New York is one of the most amazing nights out in the world. A little research and a lot of stamina will guarantee a magnificently memorable experience.
Whatever your style, you’ll find a New York bar or New York nightclub that is pretty close to perfect. Cheers to a great night out.