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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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1. Primary
at the Best Western President Hotel NYC

The Best Western President Hotel Primary Bar NYC offers a unique lounge setting from the heart of Times Square. Featuring comfortable seating set in a brightly decorated, modern decor, the Primary Bar and Lounge Midtown is the perfect destination for cocktails after a long day in Manhattan.

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2. Highbar
at the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square

For beautiful rooftop views of Manhattan in a swank, trendy NY setting, look no further than the Highbar New York. Featuring a chich modern decor, upscale NYC cocktails and several comfortable lounge areas, the Highbar Nw York is one of Midtown's premier nightclubs.

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3. Foundry Kitchen & Bar
at the Westin New York Times Square

Foundry Kitchen & Bar  features plenty of comfortable seating, and one of the widest selections of aged scotch that you'll ever find in a hotel bar. Offering a chic, ambient setting just a block from Times Square, Bar 10 at the Westin New York is the perfect early evening destination before a night in Manhattan.

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4. Randolph's Bar
at the Warwick Hotel NYC

Randolph's Bar New York is a throwback to the Manhattan of the old days. Featuring quiet ambience, comfortable seating, and a signature cocktail menu with something for everyone, Randolph's NY Bar is the perfect destination for travelers and businesspeople alike.

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5. Hudson Bar
at the Hudson New York, A Morgans Original

Enjoy the chic interior and thumping blend of hip hop and dance music from the brightly-lit dance floor at the Hudson Bar NYC. Discreetly located inside the Hudson, A Morgans Original hotel, the trendy Hudson Bar NYC offers hotel guests exclusive entry into this premier NY nightclub.

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6. Gaby Bar
at the Hotel Sofitel NYC

Located in the Sofitel New York, the Gaby Bar NYC Midtown offers guests an upscale bar and lounge in Manhattan's Theater District. With plenty of wine and cocktail offerings, along with a French-inspired bar food menu, the Gaby NYC Bar is one of New York's premier hotel bars.

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7. London Bar
at the The London NYC Hotel

With Gordon Ramsay's seal of approval, the London Bar NYC shines with delicious breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner menus boasting fresh, seasonal ingredients. The bar serves innovative cocktails and international wines.

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8. Broadway 49
at the Crowne Plaza Times Square

For a sophisticated NY lounge experience that's not too stuffy, visit the Broadway 49 New York Bar at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. One of Midtown's premier bar and lounge areas, Broadway 49 NYC Bar offers an array of high-end drink choices in a comfortable setting that overlooks Times Square.

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9. Rose Club
at the The Plaza Hotel NYC

For the ultimate NYC lounge experience, visit The Rose Club NYC at The Plaza Hotel New York.  Ornately decorated with comfortable sofas and views of Central Park just outside, the Plaza Club Rose is a great place to go if you find yourself single in NYC, or if you have a special date to bring along. 

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10. Champagne Bar
at the The Plaza Hotel NYC

Sometimes there is nothing like dressing up and going out on the town for a romantic evening or for a fun night with a group of friends.  The Plaza Hotel Champagne Bar knows just how glamourous you want to feel as you sip some of the world's best champagne from delicate champagne flutes. 

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11. Living Room
at the W New York - Times Square

Enjoy the sophisticated, comfortable ambience of the Living Room NY from one of their many comfortable seating areas. Located on the seventh floor of the W New York Times Square, the Living Room features a unique, modern decor and some of the best cocktails in Times Square.

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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.