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

The Oak

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.

Plays

House, RnB, Hip-hop

Location

453W 17th in Chelsea

Cielo

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.

Plays

Deep house, Trance, Techno, Electro

Location

18 Little W.12th in the Meatpacking District

PHD

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.

Plays

Commercial House

Location

355 West 16th

Best for crafted cocktails

Attaboy

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.

Location

134 Eldridge Street, Manhattan

The Wayland

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.

Location

700 East 9th, Manhattan

Lantern’s Keep

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.

Location

49 West 44th Midtown

Best for live music

Village Vanguard

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.

Location

178 7th Avenue

Bar Velo

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.

Location

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.

Location

37 W 26th St

 

Best for one-off quirkiness

Beauty Bar

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.

Location

231 E 14th St

Vynl

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.

Location

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.

Location

9 Doyers St

Top tips

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.

Pace yourself

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.