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. 



Cross the river into Brooklyn and take in the gorgeous skyline views from the rooftop of the Wythe Hotel. The Ides is an Art-Deco spot that's a bit more understated than some of the other flashier bars on this list, but that doesn't make it any...  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

Lower East Side


What is there to say about Bar 169 that hasn't already been said? A dive in the truest sense of the word, this Chinatown haunt practically beckons you in off the streets to make bad decisions �" tequila shots and oysters, anyone? A...  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

Brooklyn Bowl
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Sure, you could come to Brooklyn Bowl to lace up a pair of slick shoes and hurl a couple rocks in the direction of a bunch of pins. But even if you're not into a game of 10-frames, you should still add Brooklyn Bowl to your top list of nightlife...  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

Westlight at The William Vale Hotel
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Perched 22 stories high on the rooftop of The William Vale hotel is Westlight, a chic, swanky joint in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Though it'll cost you a pretty penny to pass the time here, you're paying not just for the drinks, but also for the...  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



Those looking for a weird, over-the-top, Burning Man-esque romp in dance party form should look no further than House of Yes. This once illicit venue is now perfectly legal, though your mouth will still likely hit the floor upon walking in. Some...  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.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea