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Entertainment and Nightlife in New York City
Bartenders in NYC have an uncanny talent for remembering faces. Make sure to tip

Bartenders in NYC have an uncanny talent for remembering faces. Make sure to tip

Entertainment and Nightlife in New York City

Are you looking for the best in NYC nightlife? Well, you're in the right place. Here at NYCTourist.com, you'll learn everything you need to know about entertainment and nightlife in NYC, including how to get in to the most popular NYC clubs, where to find the best bars in NYC, and what cheap NYC hotels are close to New York nightlife hotspots. Whether you're looking for cool, kooky NYC bars or trendy NYC clubs, you're sure to find what you're after.

Here are a few beginner's tips:

  • Dress to Impress: Most popular clubs in NYC enforce strict dress codes. If you don't look like you belong, you won't get in. Check club websites for dress codes.
  • Tip Your Bartender Well: Bartenders in NYC have an uncanny talent for remembering faces. If you stiff them on the tip, they'll note it, and you probably won't get a drink again. Of course, if you tip them well, they'll remember that, too, and they'll pour stronger drinks and take your order first. This is especially true in upscale NYC clubs.

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Located in the Midtown West neighborhood of Manhattan, The Royalton New York stands right in the center of it all

Located in the Midtown West neighborhood of Manhattan, The Royalton New York stands right in the center of it all

Hotels Close to Nightlife in NYC

If you plan on doing your share of partying in NYC, do yourself the favor of booking a room in an New York hotel close to nightlife in NYC. Here are a few of our top New York City hotels for partying:

  • The Royalton New York: Located in the Midtown West neighborhood of Manhattan, The Royalton New York stands right in the center of it all, close to popular NYC attractions and the best nightlife in NYC (the world-famous Pacha Club NY stands just steps away). This 4.0-star luxury hotel boasts a lively on-site bar, a 24-hour fitness center, and a breathtaking lobby with an enormous cast-bronze fireplace.
  • The GEM Hotel Chelsea: For those who would rather spend their money on signature NY drinks than on trendy NY hotel rooms, there's the GEM Hotel Chelsea, a cheap NYC hotel close to New York nightlife. This popular NYC hotel stands just minutes away from many of New York City's hottest clubs, including Marquee NYC.
Are you looking for fun things to do in New York City after dark?

Are you looking for fun things to do in New York City after dark?

NYC Nightlife - Cool Bars in NYC

Are you looking for fun things to do in New York City after dark? Do you want to learn about NYC nightlife and nightclubs in NYC? Are you on a quest for the coolest, hottest, swankiest bars in NYC? If so, you're in the right place! Below you'll find two of our favorite NYC nightlife hotspots.

  • The Rum House: Located in Manhattan's Times Square, just steps away from New York City's Theater District, The Rum House is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail before or after a Broadway show. This upscale bar in NYC is sure to delight music lovers and cocktail purists alike with its leather upholstery, piano players, and high-end drinks.
  • Smith & Mills: One block east of the Hudson River lies the small, pocket-sized bar known as Smith & Mills. At this eccentric Tribeca bar, which occupies a mere 450 square feet, food is served on antique flatware and beer in Mason jars.

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Rick's Cabaret New York
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at the Rick's Cabaret New York

Looking for the best adult entertainment in the Big Apple? Stop by Rick's Cabaret New York Gentlemen's Club for the best rated strip club in the city. Enjoy a top-notch meal from their gourmet steakhouse, and if you're planning a bachelor party or special occasion, they offer fantastic VIP packages for anyone's budget.

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Living Room Bar at W New York Times Square
at the W New York - Times Square

W New York - Times Square unveiled a complete transformation of its iconic Living Room, the brand's signature, see-and-bee-seen spin on the hotel lobby. Re-imagined by Josh Held Design in partnership with Starwood's award-winning design team, the Living Room is a sultry, yet playful tribute to the Times Square of the past - from the gilded theaters of the 20s and 30s to the neon-soaked scene of the 70s and 80s.

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Webster Hall
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Webster Hall is recognized as the first modern Nightclub in America and is New York City’s largest and longest running Nightclub! Over 500,000 people will celebrate and party this year at this 40,000 sq. ft. historic landmark club located in trendy East Village. Check out our concert calendar too.

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Gotham - Every Saturday in NYC

Gotham is on the rise in the East Village. Webster Hall has created a new way to experience NYC through their daring and compelling new nightclub Gotham! Come out on Saturday nights and experience the appealing noir aesthetics with the best of House and Techno music. 

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Hunk-O-Mania
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Tired of the same old New York night clubs and bars? Have a ladies' night at Hunk-O-Mania, New York's premiere male strip club.  This top ladies' club, located near Times Square, delivers entertaining shows every Friday and Saturday night.  You'll have so much fun that we just know you'll want to stay after the show to dance the night away.

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Broadway Comedy Club

Featuring celebrity comedians and hilarious up-and-coming performers, Broadway Comedy Club is known as one of the top comedy clubs in New York City. Almost every famous comedian has performed here at one point or another including Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, and Rosie O'Donnell.

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World Comedy Club

Resting in Manhattan's Midtown West, The World Comedy Club offers a casual setting in which hilarious rotating comedians crack jokes and making audiences laugh for hours on end. This NYC comedy club rotates talented comedians throughout each show and there are often appearances by celebrity comics as well.

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Greenwich Village Comedy Club

You can’t help but enjoy all that the Greenwich Comedy Club has to offer. What is it that most people are looking for in a comedy club? Funny entertainment, good drinks, a fantastic atmosphere. If these are the three requests that you are after, you’ll be happy to know that this is what you are going to find at this club.

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The Cubby Hole

Want to try a new NYC bar this weekend? Stop by The Cubby Hole NYC Fusion Bar in the West Village.  With nightly drink specials and no cover charge, you can enjoy a night at The Cubby Hole and get a great NYC deal.  Though it is known as a lesbian bar, The Cubby Hole is welcoming to all fun-loving men and women.

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The Met

New York is known for three things: It's population, it;s taxis, and it's artistic perspective. The Metropolitan Opera offers locals and tourists alike a way into New York's unique wonderland of adventure, performance, and artistic presentation.

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Night Out

Night Out New York is one of the best and easiest ways to save money on your next evening out.  Find awesome free events in NYC, coupons for drinks, happy hour specials, taxi services and everything else you need for a great night out in New York City. Night Out is easy to use, so take advantage of these free deals!

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Pacha Club boasts a 3,500-square-foot wooden dance floor

Pacha Club boasts a 3,500-square-foot wooden dance floor

The New York Nightlife Scene and Things To Do at Night in NYC!

We’ve all heard that New York is the city that never sleeps – and it’s true! If hitting the town, checking out the clubs, seeing the lights in Times Square, or just hanging out at a great lounge or bar is your thing, then NYC can deliver. There are hundreds of restaurants that have bars and lounges for early evening entertainment and hundreds more pubs and bars in New York (especially Manhattan) that are open deep into the night. New York’s club scene is broad and varied and is led by Webster Hall in the East Village – one of New York City’s most popular nightclubs featuring five (yes FIVE) dance floors, live music, famous DJs, and an iconic history of entertainers (our nightlife tip is to buy tickets early as this is a hot place to hang out, dance, and party).

Another way to spend the night is dinner and live music at a New York jazz club like Cleopatra’s Needle on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. If you’re into laughing (let’s hope so) then New York boasts some of the best comedians and comedy clubs in the world such as the Broadway Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway, World Comedy Club in Manhattan's Midtown West, Dangerfield’s, and the NY Comedy Club where "Laughter is an instant vacation!" Yes, most have a two drink minimum but that’s nothing compared to the quality of entertainment.

If you’re looking for NYC concert tickets, entertainers or other things to do at night in NYC then check out our up to date NYC events calendar.

Clubs and Nightlife in NYC

Some of the best clubs in the world can be found in New York City. One famous NYC nightclub is Pacha Club NY. Located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan, Pacha Club boasts a 3,500-square-foot wooden dance floor and four stylishly decorated floors with large open spaces and intimate seating coves. Notable attractions at this popular club in NYC include Pacha's famous shower booths, where bikinied girls dance under colored LED lights, and the jet-setting celebrities who people the ultra-exclusive mezzanine floor.

Another popular NYC club is Marquee NYC. This trendy nightclub in NYC evokes the elegant sophistication of an old-fashioned gentlemen's club with its scuptural glasswear, custom-made ice buckets, 42-foot vaulted ceiling, and 35-foot "wishbone" staircase. With a maximum capacity of just 600 people, Marquee NY is the perfect size for an NYC nightclub, neither too big nor too small.

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Manhattan Inn Piano Bar is a cool and quirky NYC piano bar located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Manhattan Inn Piano Bar is a cool and quirky NYC piano bar located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

NYC Nightlife - The Best Bars in NYC

Looking for cool bars in NYC? We've got you covered! Check out these trendy NYC bars with live music and bar food. They're two of the best bars in New York City!

  • Manhattan Inn Piano Bar NYC: Founded in 2009 by Brooke Baxter and Rolyn Hu, Manhattan Inn Piano Bar is a cool and quirky NYC piano bar located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. This popular NY piano bar offers live music seven nights a week and a full bar that serves quality small plates and full-course meals.
  • Le Poisson Rouge NYC: Founded by musicians on the former site of the Village Gate, Le Poisson Rouge is one of the best places to see live music in NYC. This cool NYC bar features a 28' x 21' fixed corner stage, a 23'-diameter hardwood dance floor, and flexible event space that can seat 250 and stand 700. Aside from signature NY cocktails like the Garfunkel and the Pumpkin King, Le Poisson Rouge serves delicious small plates like quesadillas, nachos, and pizza.