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New York City nightlife

New York nightlife is currently in the midst of a 1920s flashback, with covert, speakeasy-style bars popping up left and right—think dark-lit basement spaces complete with unmarked entrances, absinthe-laced cocktails, and reservations requirements. Some of these spots are legitimately difficult to find and get into; others, like PDT and the Box, are not prohibitively expensive or exclusive and view the mystique as part of the fun.

In general, most of the nightlife worth going out for in New York City takes place below 34th Street, and the super-chic crowd that once descended upon the Meatpacking District (MPD) and Chelsea has left their bottle service behind for the less-mega clubs of the East Village, West Village, and the Lower East Side. That's not to say that the MPD and Chelsea have become ghost towns—quite the opposite. Weeknights are still jumping, but weekends are so overrun with out-of-towners and the much-derided bridge-and-tunnel crowd that crossing Ninth Avenue at Gansevoort Street on a Saturday night can feel like walking through Grand Central Station. On the opposite side of town, Avenues A, B, and C and the side streets surrounding them—plus the Lower East Side's Clinton, Ludlow, and Rivington streets—are drenched in bars, both divey and upscale, and make for prime hopping territory. The stretch of the Bowery from Soho up through Cooper Square has recently undergone a major transformation, with restaurants, bars, and clubs dominating the strip historically known for its halfway houses and dirty rocker bars. Similarly, the once-sleepy Chinatown has awakened as a haven for under-the-radar bars and nightspots.

Most weekend nights, expect things to get jumping around 11 or 11:30 and keep going until last call at 4 am: New York isn't called the city that never sleeps for nothing. In fact, most bars are open seven days a week, with Thursdays, Sundays, and recently Tuesdays becoming serious party nights. Some say that Friday nights are when the real New Yorkers stay in, and catch up on their TV shows and order takeout, but that's only partially true. No matter their age and occupation, everyone in New York likes to party; so wherever you are, expect to mingle with a mix of just-legal New York University kids, Wall Street banker types (there are still plenty of them), downtown artists, and uptown socialites. Since New York nightlife is constantly in a state of flux—clubs change their names and owners on a weekly basis—get a copy of Time Out New York, which has an encyclopedic, up-to-date list of all New York's after-dark happenings.

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Angel's Share, East Village

One of the first "secret bars" to overtake New York (we're looking at you, PDT), Angel's Share is located upstairs from a grocery store and behind a Japanese...more

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Angels and Kings, East Village

Pete Wentz is a far cry from Joey Ramone, but if you're looking for a rocker bar in the East Village, Wentz's Angels and Kings is about as close as you'll get...more

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Apothéke, Chinatown

Located on a twisty Chinatown cul-de-sac in a former opium den, this apothecary-themed hideaway from cocktail master Alan Trummer boasts 250 specialty cocktails...more

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Bemelmans Bar, Upper East Side

This swank uptown boite, named for the murals painted by former Carlyle hotel resident Ludwig Bemelmans, is unabashedly romantic in a 40s kind of way. And it...more

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Blue Note, West Village

Don't come here expecting some smoky Village jazz club of romantic legend. This is a far glitzier affair, with offshoots all over the world. You can't argue...more

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Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side

Bowery enthusiasts go on and on about this concert hall's intimate stage, stellar acoustics, and Beaux Arts charm, but what they're really after are the...more

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The Bowery Electric, Lower East Side

It seems like with each sunrise there comes a new condo, hotel, or trendy boutique on the once slummy stretch of the Bowery. Gritty CBGB has been transformed...more

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The Box, Lower East Side

Leave it to Simon Hammerstein—grandson of musical titan Oscar—to dream up a theatrical nighttime playground that lures even the most jaded of celebs...more

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Brandy Library, Tribeca

Despite the impressive collection of single malts and cognacs, this clubby Tribeca den is neither overly rarefied nor hypermasculine. You're just as likely to...more

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Bungalow 8, Chelsea

Editor's note: Bungalow 8 is currently closed for renovations. Meant to evoke a prime bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, this perennial hotspot bedecked in...more

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