The energy in this great city is sky-high and just walking around its streets is an event in itself. If you’re visiting the Big Apple, then you’ll notice that nothing is in short supply here; the cabs, the people, the restaurants, and the shops are all plentiful and the nightlife here is no exception. There are hundreds of dance clubs, lounges, comedy clubs, and more that will ensure that your New York City nights are etched in your memory for years to come. If you are overwhelmed by the offerings of nightlife in New York, don’t despair! Check out this list of top 10 nightlife spots and you won’t be disappointed.
Milk and Honey on Eldridge Street
Milk and Honey on Eldridge Street is not your typical establishment. It is very secretive and exclusive. To get in you need to send this lounge an email and get a confirmation that will get you in at least a day in advance. When you arrive you will have to get buzzed in. The atmosphere at this very 1920s lounge is very subdued and romantic with heavy curtains and strong perfectly mixed drinks. It’s a New York favorite that thrives on its exclusivity.
If you want a place where you will dance all night long to an amazing band that rocks out all kinds of tunes, then the Village Underground is for you.
Baby Grand on Lafayette Street in SoHo
If you want to have the time of your life singing Karaoke, head to Baby Grand on Lafayette Street in SoHo. This unpretentious bar is on the small side but has a great stage, awesome music, and an overall fabulous atmosphere and vibe.
Burlesque shows are becoming increasingly popular in New York City, and you’ll want to catch one while you’re visiting the city. Head to Public Assembly, located on 6th Street in Brooklyn on Monday nights for a different-themed Burlesque show every week. It’ll be a night to remember in this 4,000-square-foot former industrial factory which in the past decade has become a premiere New York City venue for music, performance, and the arts.
bOb Bar on Eldridge Street on the Lower East side
If you’re looking for a place to reminisce then you’ll want to hit bOb Bar on Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side. DJs here spin old-school hip-hop and reggae all night long. Drinks are cheap, the cover is only $5 and the atmosphere is incredible. If you want to let loose, dance to old favorites, and have a great time, head over to bOb Bar.
Comedy Cellar Comedy club
New York City is known for its comedy clubs. If you want a great laugh, think of visiting one while you’re in New York City. One of the most highly-rated comedy clubs is Comedy Cellar located in Greenwich Village. Many celebrity stand-up comedians such as Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle, and Jerry Seinfeld are all regulars here. There’s a pleasant club atmosphere with an eclectic mix of spectators, and different shows every week. If you want to hang out with the comedians, stop by the Olive Tree CafÃ© attached to Comedy Cellar; it’s a favorite post-show hangout spot.
Boardwalk parties on the beach
If you are sick of the indoors and want to party somewhere different, then go to Coney Island which has amazing Boardwalk parties on the beach. The parties are organized in the summer and are free to the public. There are great DJs spinning house music and other tunes, you can have yourself a perfect night dancing, playing volleyball, or just star gazing if it’s a clear night.
Birdland Jazz Club on Broadway Street
While in New York City, you’ll want to get a taste of some of the great jazz the city is famous for. You can do that at Birdland Jazz Club located on Broadway Street. This historic venue which opened in 1949, allows you to get fully immersed in jazz if only for one night and has featured the most notable jazz artists in the country such as Art Blakey, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington among many others.
Radio City Music Hall
Finally, you can’t leave New York City without going to the famed Radio City Music Hall. There are always interesting shows going on and the stage and decor are incredible. It’s all around a great experience with acoustics that can’t be beaten. If you happen to be in New York City during Christmas, don’t miss the Christmas Spectacular show.