Where To Go For A Late Night in NYC

New Yorkers don't do things like everyone else. They don't work the same way, live the same way, date or dress the same way. And when it comes to letting loose, they definitely don't party the same way. In the city that never sleeps, New Yorkers want things open...and they want them open late. 

From dive bars like Ace Bar where you can get your game on with skeeball, pool and darts, to classier joints like Daddy-O in the West Village where you won't feel bad about stumbling out just before the sun. 

And let's talk about the food. In other cities, you might find a Denny's or a KFC burning the midnight oil. Not here. Here, you've got L'Express, where you'll find great French food served up 24-hours a day. Not to mention the bars on this list who keep their kitchens open for late night noshing.

Below, we run through ten of the top places to head when it's late night in New York City.  

Financial District


Regulars have their preference on whether they'd like to sit upstairs or down, but it really comes down to what you're drinking. The Taproom (downstairs) is more informal, with a long list of whiskeys from around the world. The Parlor (upstairs)...  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 leopard...  Read More

Greenwich Village
Terra Blues


Terra Blues sits between LaGuardia and Thompson, right in the heart of the West Village. This small 20-year-old blues lounge attracts a more well-heeled crowd than most of its counterparts, which is due in part to its romantic, almost adult...  Read More

Flatiron District


At The 40/40 Club, the bottles pop all night long. Open until 4AM, this is where people with expensive taste in clothes and cognac (Read: A-listers) gather and indulge. Not surprisingly, 40/40 attracts plenty of big names - after all, Jay-Z is a...  Read More



With prime positioning in the club-concentrated Meatpacking District, Provoc, as it's lovely called by regulars, is where to go when you want to see and be seen. Packed to the rafters with models, financial powerhouses, actors and trust fund...  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

East Village


It's no secret that the majority of New York bars can barely fit the clientele in without inducing mild-to-severe claustrophobia in half of the patrons. The overabundance of these teeny tiny watering holes makes the ones with space even more...  Read More

Union Square
Photo courtesy of L'Express


Late night food can be hit or miss and L'Express is most definitely a hit. A New York staple, this 24-hour French diner is a haven for drunk humans not interested in pounding back a dollar slice. Is this the best French food you'll ever eat in...  Read More

Extra Fancy
Photo courtesy of Extra Fancy


Extra Fancy is known for their brunch, but what people sometimes forget is that it's a great late night joint as well. They're open until 4AM and the kitchen turns out late night eats like $2 oysters, poutine and lobster rolls until 2AM....  Read More

West Village
Photo courtesy of Daddy-O


Daddy-O might be filled with banker types or a Food Network star when you get there, but that's part of the charm of this neighborhood gem. This spot is a New York institution that can turn out a perfectly crafted martini alongside a smash hit...  Read More


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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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