Manhattan Nightlife is some of the most vibrant in the world. Thanks to the 4 AM last call and over 800 active venues in Manhattan alone, it is no wonder that many people flock to New York as the mecca of good times.
Certain neighborhoods are better than others for certain crowds but with New York, the question is never where you can find it, it’s only where.
Meatpacking District – MePa is the most concentrated upscale club zone in Manhattan. There are 20+ Restaurants, Bars, Lounges and Clubs to choose from within a 5 block radius. Many of them are very strict at the door so be sure you either have contacted a promoter or sweet talked the doormen. Buying a table never hurt (except your wallet!). The meatpacking district website is the best source of info on this area
Chelsea – This was the old club capital of Manhattan with mainstays like Pink Elephant, Cain and Marquee amongst others. Of those listed, only Marquee remains. This area was known for its mega clubs which can hold hundreds upon hundreds of drunken revelers. Although a bit deserted, Chelsea still has a few nooks to look in for great nightlife.
The Dive Specials:
East Village – You cant throw a stone in East Village without hitting a packed bar. All you need to do is go to 14th street, head due east until the letter avenues (Ave A, etc) and head down any one of those to find yourself dead in the middle. Try walking down 3rd Ave below 14th as well for a good tour of some of the area’s bars. Down here you’ll find a lot of divey, fratty bars so be prepared to drink keg beer and play Beirut!
Yorkville – A semi-hidden gem that not a lot of downtown heads know about because its so far up. If you hit 2nd Ave and walk from 90th St down through the upper 70’s you’ll see an almost uninterrupted string of bars and restaurants. Take a walk that way, there are some great spots of different kinds from upscale to dive.
* E. 50’s and 2nd Avenue
* 9th Avenue from 40th Street-55th Street
It can be quite daunting choosing a bar from the hundreds you have at your fingertips. If all else fails, ask a concierge or even someone in the street, there’s bound to be something nearby.