Late Night / After Hours


West Village

The Village Vanguard, one of the West Village's most well-established live jazz venues, proudly lays claim to being the former haunt of such greats as Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane. Located in a basement on the corner of Perry St and 7th Avenue, the club's intimate table arrangement and laid-back atmosphere make everybody here feel that much cooler. Keep in mind, the place tends to get crowded quickly, and the regulars don't take kindly to chatterboxes. TRAIN: 1, 2, 3, 9 to 14th St

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The Brooklyn Inn occupies a prime piece of real estate on the corner of Bergen and Hoyt Streets. Dating from the 19th century, the historic building has high ceilings, beautiful dark wood accents, and stained glass windows, making it an ideal environment for a neighborhood bar. The youngish neighborhood regulars who crowd in after work appreciate such wonderful tokens of Americana as an "old-school" jukebox and the obligatory billiard table. The Inn does not serve food. TRAIN: F, G to Bergen St

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Hazzard County's Boar's Nest meets "Deliverance." Okay, so "chic" probably isn't the word that most use to describe this West Village honky-tonk. Nevertheless, the place remains popular with everybody – bikers, wedding parties, celebrities and co-eds. Expect to see everything from the occasional bride-to-be dancing on the bar and scantily clad servers to bras hanging from the ceiling and free flowing liquor. Hogs and Heifers fosters a certain degree of rowdiness, and patrons leave knowing they've had a good time – though, they may not remember it. TRAIN: A, C, E to 14th St

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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

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Although it opened in December 1949, Birdland continues the tradition of live jazz that has been so popular with both New York natives and tourists alike over the years. Classic jazz club ambiance, enhanced by excellent musicians who have likely been playing for decades, is still offered here – you will not be disappointed. The line-up of past performers is impressive by any standards, starting with Charlie "Bird" Parker himself. Other well-known names include John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington. $10 minimum per person. TRAIN: A, C, E to 42nd St

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East Village

Priding itself on its dark and rather dingy décor, Mona's draws folks that favor alternative rock, cheap drinks and endless games of pool. The interior is stripped down and simple, adorned only with vintage portraits of greats – including Malcolm X and Babe Ruth. TRAIN: L to First Ave; N, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St-Union Sq

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East Village

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

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Lower East Side

Known for traditional Irish eats with upscale twists, this bar calls out to those seeking to satisfy both hunger and thirst. Guinness flows freely, and live folk music can be heard on weekends. A lovely garden behind the pub welcomes guests to sit outside and relax during warm weather. TRAIN: 6 to Astor Pl

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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

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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

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