A Night on The Town: Nightlife in New York

A Night on The Town: Nightlife in New York

When the sun goes down and the lights go on, Manhattan takes on a different vibe. The city that never sleeps has an even more electrifying energy at night.

From trendy nightclubs, to intimate music venues, raucous comedy clubs, karaoke bars and more, nightlife in NYC offers something for everyone.

So, before you call it a night after that Broadway show, concert, or dinner date, check out one of NYC’s after-dark hotspots.

Here are some options with just a few suggested spots to get you started:

Nightclubs

Clubbing in Manhattan is a fast-paced and exciting as Manhattan itself. The city’s trending bars set the standard for nightclubs around the world with cutting-edge music, celebrity DJs, hot fashion and dancing all night.

Cielo. This spot in the Meatpacking District features an accessible state-of-the-art sophisticated space, electronic music, stellar acoustics and great service. Dress to impress and reserve a table for a prime spot in the middle of the action.

Le Bain offers two different spaces in the Standard Hotel with distinctly different vibes. Party it up on the 18th floor complete with hot tub or journey up to the grassy rooftop for a more laid-back evening. Both spots offer fantastic views.

Karaoke Bars

The Karaoke (“empty orchestra”) machine was invented in Japan. It wasn’t long until bars and clubs around the world capitalized on the growing fad of people singing along to recorded music in social settings.

Whether it’s ultra-modern or old-school, out in front of the crowd or in a private room, you’re in for a night of fun and creative expression. So, cut loose, sing your heart out and unleash your inner rock star.

Baby Grand. This fun and popular venue is a throwback to Japanese karaoke with its intimate atmosphere, the energy of live performances, and affordable prices on drinks and songs. New York Magazine calls it, ‘The Cutest Karaoke Bar Ever.”

Maru Karaoke Lounge. For a chic and ultra-modern twist on Karaoke night, this facility is where “Modern opulence meets vivacious Manhattan nightlife,” offering 2 floors of space (including a stunning tunnel-like bar area) and a delightful fusion of modern and traditional food and drink.

Dive Bars

Whether you want an escape from the chic crowd or are looking to rub elbows with the locals, nothing beats a NYC “dive bar.”

You don’t need to dress to the nines or pay an arm-and-a-leg for a drink. Just come on in, make yourself at home, and soak in all the character (and characters) a classic New York City dive bar is known for.

Set yourself down at Billymark’s West for a great meal, friendly service, inexpensive drinks, and lots of local flavor.

Other than the great prices and relaxed atmosphere, Milano’s charm lies in its awesome bartenders. One fan claims Milano’s is “divey in just the right ways.”

McSorley’s Old Ale House is NYC’s oldest bar (circa 1854), with many famous people throughout history darkening its door and tramping on its sawdust floors. It still serves its signature ale, with much of the bar’s original memorabilia adorning its walls to this day.

Comedy

As the home of Saturday Night Live, many late-night talk shows and comedy clubs, you might say New York City is the home of comedy.

The city’s various comedy venues feature both up-and-coming acts and established headliners.

Carolines on Broadway is a well-known and fashionable comedy club in the heart of Times Square that features the biggest names in comedy.

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre celebrates experimental, cutting-edge comedy. It features its signature long-form improvisational comedy, as well as sketch comedy and stand-up.

Many famous comedians have graced the stage of The Comedy Cellar in New York City. This venue is another great spot to catch your favorite act or be introduced to the next big name in comedy.

Live Music

Cap off your evening enjoying the music of some of New York City’s most talented musicians.

Whether you like to chill out over a cocktail with jazz or folk music, or want to check out your favorite rock band or hip-hop artist, Manhattan has the best of the best on a nightly basis.

The Village Vanguard is the pre-eminent jazz venue with a legacy of jazz legends such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. This intimate venue is for the serious jazz enthusiast only.

The Bowery Ballroom is a great place to see great indie bands and vocalists—often before they make it onto the national scene. The downstairs Bowery Bar is a great place for a final nightcap too.

Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre offers a wide range of acts. Its mission is to provide both emerging and established performers an intimate space with superior acoustics. The food is pretty good too!

The Cake Shop is a sweet spot to grab a coffee and sugary treat before shifting gears and heading down to the basement for a night of hard-edged punk and rock.

Rooftop Bar

There’s something magical about spending an evening high above the city streets with twinkling lights and NYC’s spectacular skyline all around you.

While rooftop bars in Manhattan are plentiful, at Marmara Park Avenue, we’re kind of partial to our own – Balcon

This terraced rooftop bar offers the Marmara Park Avenue brand of style and sophistication. Enjoy a refreshing signature cocktail and a delicious bite with spectacular views of the nearby Empire State Building and surrounding areas.

When you are done, head down to your deluxe guestroom, loft, or penthouse suite for a blissful night’s sleep.

Detoxify after a night on the town in Marmara Park Avenue’s Turkish Hammam.