There are hundreds of locations to choose from, ensuring an endless variety of enjoyment for the enterprising seeker after nightlife. However, five of the standout clubs and lounges in New York include:
- The Beatrice Inn is a favored spot for those hoping to catch a glimpse of a visiting celebrity, since many famous people frequent the location while visiting New York City, including the ill-fated Heath Ledger of “Dark Knight” fame. Reservations are required and the dress code and general atmosphere are casual business. The steak house food on offer is excellent though naturally expensive, with bills of up to $50 per person being typical. The Beatrice is found at 285 West 12th Street.
- For those who enjoy a highly varied mix of music and who despise dress codes, and who don't mind mingling with the Bohemian artistic set, the Lit Lounge at 93 Second Avenue offers a very different experience from the Beatrice Inn. Prices are lower and the atmosphere is even more relaxed. The spacious basement is the venue for musical offerings from everywhere – ranging from New York's local music scene to exciting selections from around the planet. The site's brick architecture, rusted iron, and candlelight give it a highly distinctive feel also, capturing the mystery of the city's past, present, and future.
- Those athirst for a dash of comedy with their drinks need seek no further than the Upright Citizens Brigade East (UCB East). Both variety shows and improvisational comedy are featured on the UCB's stage at 153 East 3rd Street nightly, year round, for the enjoyment of patrons. Ticket prices are low and after-show drinks at the bar are moderately priced, providing a thrifty but fulfilling evening of laughs and liquid refreshment.
- Sophisticated rooftop entertainment is available at the Salon de Ning, an elegant terrace cocktail lounge found at 700 5th Avenue, atop the Peninsula Hotel. China, Morocco, Paris, and Venice are just a few of the major influences on the décor and ambiance of this high end nightclub location. Though the dress code is casual, reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance, and are naturally subject to availability constraints. The lounge opens at 5:00 PM, slightly later than some other rooftop lounges.
- The XVI Lounge, found on the 16th floor at 251 West 48th Street, offers great views over Midtown Manhattan and Hudson River sunsets, while the mood turns more festive later in the evening as the DJs crank the music louder and the crowd grows thicker and more boisterous. The Lounge offers surprisingly comfortable armchair seating with a whiff of late 18th century, combined with modern flourishes and a pleasantly welcoming staff.
William D. wrote this article on New York City Bars because he loves to go to bars and write about how wonderful they are.