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Award-winning mixologists are on staff at Pouring Ribbons. (Courtesy Pouring Ribbons)

New York for Nightlife Lovers

By Joni Sweet on 01/28/16, updated 10/18/16
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Night owls flock to the city that never sleeps, where they find bustling bars, luxe lounges and crazy clubs. But nightlife here goes beyond imbibing into the worlds of comedy, music, burlesque and more. Get ready to party at the top nightlife destinations in New York City.

SixtyFive

SixtyFive. (Photo by Evan Joseph)

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SixtyFive

The only thing better than taking in amazing views of New York is doing it dressed up with a great cocktail in hand. SixtyFive, owned by the Rainbow Room, invites night owls to enjoy cocktails on an outdoor deck, with a vista that makes the Empire State Building feel close enough to touch.

SPiN New York

(Courtesy SPiN New York)

Activities, Entertainment

SPiN New York

Take your ping-pong game to the next level at SPiN, a table-tennis club owned by Susan Sarandon. This nightlife spot is open late, giving players plenty of time to dine, drink and score on opponents.

Village Vanguard

The Village Vanguard's red neon sign has been a Greenwich Village landmark for 80 years. (Michael Larson, courtesy Village Vanguard)

Entertainment, Nightlife

Village Vanguard

Jazz lovers have gotten their musical fix at the Village Vanguard for more than 80 years. It has live entertainment nearly every night of the week. Check the schedule online for the most up-to-date lineup for your nightlife plans.

Bemelmans Bar

(Courtesy Don Riddle/The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel)

 

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Bemelmans Bar

Surrounded by the whimsical animals of "Madeline" creator Ludwig Bemelmans' only surviving murals on public display, drinking at Bemelmans Bar is like stepping inside a vintage coloring book. It's a dark, glorious space with supple leather banquettes, white-jacket waiters and a nightly jazz trio that rouses the house.

Courtesy Bar Cyrk

(Courtesy Bar Cyrk)

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Bar Cyrk

This bar takes its Big Top-theme to a dark and sexy place. Check out the antique circus marquee and vintage memorabilia, then sip fancy cocktails and enjoy grown-up takes on fun foods, including ice cream sundaes, pizza and more.

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

Alcohol-infused popsicles dunked in prosecco. (Courtesy Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar)

Nightlife

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

Lounge lizards slink into this chic rooftop bar to enjoy the signature cocktail: an alcoholic popsicle dunked upside-down in prosecco. If you want to stay late, you gotta get there early: Arrive by 4:30 p.m. to score a table, then hang onto it as you sample all of the popsicle cocktails into the night.

Upright Citizens Brigade

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Entertainment

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

As an improv mecca, the comedy shows at this cult-followed theater are never the same—but they're always hilarious. With comedy stars Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh as founders, it's no surprise that UCB Theatre has a reputation for constant laughs and fun.

Gotham Comedy Club

(Courtesy Gotham Comedy Club)

Activities, Entertainment

Gotham Comedy Club

If you love stand-up comedy, you'll love checking out Gotham Comedy Club. The Chelsea comedy club has played host to big names, including Jerry Seinfeld and Louis CK, but also invites rising comics up to the mic.

Pouring Ribbons

(Courtesy Pouring Ribbons)

Nightlife

Pouring Ribbons

Cocktail lovers, take note: this cool Downtown lounge has award-winning mixologists on staff. The bar changes its menu and theme throughout the year, giving nightlife lovers something new to try every time they stop by.

The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

(Courtesy The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Bogg)

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The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

Old New York comes to life at The Dead Rabbit's Parlor, where you'll find small plates, big bowls of punch and a menu of 72 cocktails.

Feinstein’s/54 Below

Feinstein’s/54 Below. (Courtesy Marc Bryan-Brown)

Entertainment, Nightlife, Restaurants

Feinstein’s/54 Below

Nightlife and Broadway come together when theater stars offer intimate performances at this subterranean nightclub, located under the former Studio 54 disco.

Beauty & Essex

(Courtesy Beauty & Essex)

Restaurants

Beauty & Essex

Hidden behind a kitschy pawn shop, this lively restaurant and bar boasts glamorous interiors fit for Gatsby himself. The menu's small plates, like fava bean-ricotta ravioli, orange-glazed baby carrots and tuna poke wonton tacos, fuse the cuisines of Europe and Asia. Stay late and enjoy innovative cocktails and a trendy crowd.

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