10 Last Exit
This Brooklyn Heights favorite has all the appeal of your standard, trendy Village bar/lounge. The Last Exit is a haven of sorts for the neighborhood's young artists and musicians, who love sipping on one of their fruity concoctions, like the potent "Apollo 13" martini (vodka, orange Gatorade, rimmed with Tang). It's not uncommon to find the place packed after work, when a good mix of regulars stop in for a drink and a chance to relax a bit on one of the comfy couches. On weekend nights, try to get here early if you want a place to sit. TRAIN: M, N, R to Court St (718-222-9198)

9 Suite Night Club
Situated in Bay Ridge between 4th and 5th Avenues, the ultra-flashy Suite Night Club is one of South Brooklyn's premier dance clubs. Like a set from "Saturday Night Fever," this historic nightspot, which dates from the 1950s, offers it's well-dressed patrons the chance to boogie on a sunken dance floor under the irradiant rays of disco balls and strobe lights. Suite's professional DJs spin the best dance music around, ranging from 70s disco to modern R & B and hip-hop. Valet parking is available. TRAIN: N, R to 86th St (718-748-1002)

8 Barracuda
You can find this swank Chelsea lounge, which is popular with the neighborhood's gay contingency, nestled between 7th and 8th Avenues. The relatively laid-back regulars enjoy the place's eclectic interior, which includes a very bar-like front room and a rear lounge where there are several cushiony seats and a pool table. The pulse really picks for drag shows and nationally recognized recording artists like Bob Mould and Stephen Trask. TRAIN: 1, 9 to 23rd St; C, E to 23rd St (212-645-8613)

7 Solas
Enjoy a game of pool and your favorite drink--this spot's renowned for great Guinness, expertly prepared margaritas and powerhouse Red Bulls! Expect some DJ action every other Thursday night and a well-heeled, enthusiastic crowd almost every night. The laid-back yet upscale attitude exudes from the warm interior, which consists of light wood tones, oranges and reds. TRAIN: N, R to 8th St-NYU; 6 to Astor Pl; L at 14th St and 3rd Ave (212-375-0297)

6 Cibar
You'll find this fashionable yuppie hangout in the basement of the Inn at Irving Place between 17th and 18th Streets. Cibar blends just the right amounts of sophistication and coziness — dim lighting, an attractive wooden bar, marble-top tables and suave-looking ceiling fans. The bar occasionally features live jazz, which provides the perfect background music for a dry or wet martini (they offer more than 20 flavors). TRAIN: L, N, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St-Union Sq (212-460-5656)

5 The Rose Bar and Jade Bar
The bars of the Gramercy Park Hotel are worth checking out if for no other reason than to experience their swanky-chic atmospheres. With dim candlelight and furniture designed by Julian Schnabel, this daring duo looks like an expatriate hangout circa 1946. Today, you can expect to see a good mix of international travelers, wannabe models, fledging actors and even a few music execs — all of whom enjoy looking mysterious as the customized DJ selections play in the background. Reservations are required for both bars after 9 pm. TRAIN: 6 at Park Ave; 4, 5, 6, N, R, L to Union Sq (212-475-4320)

4 Opera
Beautiful people mingle, order expensive drinks and dance among hundreds of others in this hip club. Music spun by a DJ throbs wildly as patrons strain to hear each other. A happening place to watch people and have a great time. There's also top floor indoor-outdoor terrace, which accommodates 500 people. On-site ATM. TRAIN: C, E to 50th St (212-398-0044)

3 Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club
The newest dance craze has taken hold at the hippest club located on Restaurant Row. Be ready to dance all night to a live swing band or participate in a free swing lesson, offered nightly. Or bring your tap shoes and dance on Sunday's with Dr. Buster Brown. You will find all ages in this classy 1940s-style club. TRAIN: A, C, E to 42nd St (212-262-9554)

2 O'Flanagan's
This Irish-style pub tends to get lively at times — especially if there is a big boxing match or game on the tube. Indeed, the pub is a safe harbor for sports junkies, who clamor here in the early evening and tend to stay late. Also popular with the neighborhood folk, area business types, and the occasional bartender, O'Flanagan's is the type of place where everybody is welcome and treated the same. TRAIN: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St (212-439-0660)

1 g lounge
Ask the neighborhood folks where you should head if you want to enjoy Manhattan in an upscale setting, and they'll most likely point you toward g, located between 7th and 8th Avenues. The lounge's minimalist décor seems to foster a laid-back, almost blasé atmosphere — but that is just on the surface. Make no mistake, for this is a pick-up bar with plenty on display. The line here tends to get long rather quickly on the weekends, so it's best to get here quickly. TRAIN: C, E to 23rd St (212-929-1085)

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Last Exit 10Best List Arrow
Type: Late Night / After Hours, Lounge
Suite Night Club 10Best List Arrow
Type: Dance Club, Late Night / After Hours
Neighborhood: Brooklyn
Barracuda 10Best List Arrow
Type: Gay and Lesbian, Live Entertainment
Solas 10Best List Arrow
Type: Late Night / After Hours, Lounge
Neighborhood: East Village
Cibar 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Hotel Bar, Late Night / After Hours, Live Entertainment, Lounge
The Rose Bar and Jade Bar 10Best List Arrow
Type: Hotel Bar, Late Night / After Hours
Opera 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Dance Club, Late Night / After Hours, Lounge
Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club 10Best List Arrow
Type: Dance Club, Live Entertainment, Live Music
Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen
O'Flanagan's 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Music, Sports Bar
Neighborhood: UPPER EAST SIDE
g lounge 10Best List Arrow
Type: Gay and Lesbian, Lounge
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