Best New York, NY Nightlife

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    10. Bemelmans Bar

    This Madison Avenue piano bar, named after an author of children's literature, attracts a more mature and well-heeled group of clientele than some of the Upper East Side's other nightspots do. Murals from Ludwig...

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    9. Sakagura

    Sake is serious stuff at this authentic Japanese bar, located between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. In fact, aficionados of rice wine find themselves in quite a quandary as the stylish Sakagura stocks some 200 distinct...

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    8. MO Bar

    Distinguished by its upscale attitude, this cocktail lounge has emerged as a popular place for folks who work in the Time Warner Center to gather at the close of the day with clients or out-of-town guests they'd like...

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    7. Cielo

    One of the city's top clubs regardless of who's keeping score, the place "where house music lives" is indeed a primo spot to be in the Meatpacking District once the midnight hours roll in. The music -- an innovative,...

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    6. 40/40 Club

    For all intents and purposes, this Flatiron spot is far too sexy to be thrown into the sports bar mix. This looks like a place where people with expensive taste in clothes and cognac (Read: A-listers) gather and...

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    5. Blue Note

    This is the first name in world-class jazz, the greats from B.B. King and Roberta Flack to Manhattan Transfer and Spyro Gyra have graced this stage. A trip to the Blue Note guarantees good jazz in a hip, cosmopolitan...

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    4. The Apollo Theater

    Home of the famous "Showtime" and "Amateur Night at the Apollo," this theater has a very rich history of bringing some of the most talented African-American performers to the stage. Since 1935 the stage at the Apollo...

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    3. Gotham Comedy Club

    A great place to catch stand-up comedians, Gotham has been on the scene since the mid-90s. The space's stylish red interior, designed by co-owner Chris Mazzilli, captures the magic of 20s-era New York, and upon the...

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    2. B.B. King's Blues Club & Grille

    Check out famed blues guitarist B.B. King's club for live performances in everything from blues, jazz and hip-hop to funk, blue grass and even heavy metal. The calendar boasts a wide variety of experiences from week...

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    1. Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

    Lincoln Center is a New York tradition boasting the heaviest jazz cats along with some inspiring up-and-comers. Find emerging performers on Monday nights (always rewarding shows), and the rest of the week don't miss...

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About New York, NY Nightlife

There is a reason NYC has a reputation for being "the city that never sleeps." We have the best nightlife possible. Energetic explorers could conceivably skip the daytime completely and still be able to eat the best food, drink the best crafted cocktails, hobnob with celebrities and never miss a show. Comedy clubs, all night diners, famed musicians and the bartender doesn't call "last call" until 4:00 AM. Look no further than 10best's comprehensive list of unique after dark experiences to find your perfect night.  Whether you prefer dancing all night or quietly sipping cocktails, we have you covered.

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