In the City That Never Sleeps, the Party Goes All Night

Asking someone to rank the best nightlife in the city is an impossible task. Just like with restaurants or nail salons, there's simply too many extraordinary ones to possibly make this list complete. Still, the list featured here is a mix of wild and crazy, and slow and sultry spots to heat up any type of New York night. 

If you're looking to dance your butt off, check out Le Bain. Rising high above the city's skyscrapers, the floor to ceiling windows will give you energy to groove all night. In Brooklyn? Output has the sound system and the sweaty crowd to keep you moving until the sun comes up. 

For those looking for something more low-key, The Mulberry Project could be calling your name. Underground, dark and delicious, you'll find bartenders who know exactly how to make your night turn up right. 

For fun and games like ping-pong, pool and board games, skip across town for another underground playground: Fat Cat Billiards. The bonus there? Live jazz and a cheap cover will keep you entertained for hours on end. 

In the city that never sleeps, there's more than enough for everyone to have a little fun. Below, we give you a sneak peek at ten of our favorite nightlife destinations. 

West Village

There's dance parties in Manhattan. And then there's the Sunday night dance party in The Ballroom of the Jane Hotel. Now home to one of the hottest parties in town, this spot used to be a haven for sailors looking for a place to rest their weary...  Read More

Walking into The Mulberry Project, you can almost picture Frank Sinatra schmoozing with a beautiful lady in the corner booth. Hidden in plain view, this bespoke cocktail joint is easy to miss - keep an eye out for the unmarked red door and don't...  Read More

For those times when you just can't wait for the weekend, set your Thursday night compass to Cielo in the Meatpacking District for a good old dose of thundering sound and high-energy beats. Brought to you by the same owners as Output, this tiny...  Read More

West Village

Jazz, board games, billiards, ping pong, tabletop shuffleboard " is there anything that Fat Cat doesn't offer? Not really, unless you're a stickler for windows. After waiting in the inevitable line that's queued up at the front, pay the...  Read More

Output is one of the few clubs in Brooklyn to hold its own against Manhattan's heavy hitters. The club is armed with a Funktion One, one of the best sound systems in the city, making it powerful against the big guys in more ways than one. You'll...  Read More

West Village
Little Branch

On first glance, Little Branch doesn't look like much at all. This teeny, narrow space lives behind a discreet door in the Village " often the only clue that you've found the right place are the people queuing up outside. Upon further...  Read More

Chicago-style improv is alive and well in the Big Apple thanks to the efforts of this energetic group of comedians. Indeed, founders Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh all hail from the Windy City, and their unique brand of...  Read More

West Village
The Duplex

Open 365 days a year until 4AM, The Duplex is not your grandmother's piano bar. Instead, colorful characters from New York and beyond show up for the opportunity to get in front of the crowd for a performance. Drag queens mix-and-mingle with...  Read More

With arguably the chicest bathrooms and sexiest views in NYC, Le Bain is notoriously one of the hardest doors in the city. Perhaps that's because this lively club is connected to The Boom Boom Room, one of Manhattan's exclusive celebrity...  Read More

East Village

At Pouring Ribbons, cocktails are rated on two sliding scales: one teeters between refreshing and spirituous, the other comforting and adventurous. Drinks like the Chain of Command with gin, lemon, Earl Grey tea, dry curacao and amaretto fall on...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

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