Nightlife in New York
Start spreadin’ the news, you’re moving to New York! The Big Apple gets under your skin no matter how long you spend here, and it has a vibrant, beautiful nightlife with a scene for everyone – from the Fifth Avenue fashion set to the edgy, über-cool art crowd. Brooklyn is buzzing and has bars to suit all budgets, Greenwich Village is hip with a student vibe, and Chelsea and the Meatpacking District are full of exclusive nightspots you’ll want to see and be seen in.
Bars in New York
Terroir Tribeca (££)
24 Harrison St, Tribeca, New York, +1 212-625-9463
Not one of the NYC districts known predominantly for its nightlife, Tribeca (it’s an acronym: Triangle Between Canal Street) in Manhattan is a wealthy neighbourhood worth a visit for this gem of a wine bar. Rock and roll music plays all night long as Terroir’s friendly staff serve up well-priced wines on tap and all manner of other exciting drinks and eats.
Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn (££)
80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, +1 718-460-8000
Head over after dinner in Williamsburg for a rooftop drink at this ex-factory building overlooking the waterfront. The view of the skyline from the hotel’s rooftop bar by night is just magical.
Beauty & Essex, Lower East Side (£££)
146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002, +1 212-614-0146
Free champagne in the bathroom. Need we say more? A proper New York night out, with lashings of gloss and glitz. Book a table well in advance (a month before you want to visit; call in the morning) if you want to grab some dinner here first. Great food that’s rated by plenty of foodies and journos – check out our foodie’s guide to NYC for more.
Clubs in New York
618 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, +1 212-209-7500
Part of the worldwide Pacha family with its Ibiza flagship, Pacha NYC plays host to world renowned DJs on a weekly basis. Not the cheapest club in New York by any stretch of the imagination, but an experience nonetheless – especially if your loyalty lies firmly with house music. Book advance for guest list entry to the club and avoid the queues. Stays open till 8 in the AM.
289 Tenth Avenue, New York City, NY 10001, +1 646-473-0202
Hip and happening on multiple levels, with a queue to get in that might put you off. But don’t be deterred: this is a fun, reasonably priced night out and if you get on the guest list or book a table in advance you’ll be whisked past the crowds and straight to the VIP area.
Plays a mix of clubby music and a few poppy classics – often rounding off the night with a bit of Sinatra. Don’t pretend you don’t love it…
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Events and shows in New York
Well – it’s gotta be Broadway of course! No series of nights out in NYC is complete without taking in a show. New York’s world-famous theatre district plays host to every play and show worth knowing about, and you’ll often catch something on stage here before it moves to London.
Big favourites amongst the city’s culture vultures are Aladdin (not just for kids), Book of Mormon (not for the faint hearted) and anything by the New York City Ballet.
Booths at Times Square, South Street Seaport and Downtown Brooklyn
For standby tickets and last minute bargains, head to the TKTS ticket booth any afternoon or early evening and see what they can offer you. Otherwise, call the theatre you’d like to visit and ask for their rush ticket availability. Many shows have day of lottery for tickets, such as the smash hit Hamilton>
Sport in New York
Get tickets to see the Brooklyn Nets or the New York City Knicks play basketball at Madison Square Garden, and soak up the fresh NBA atmosphere.
Ticketmaster or StubHub will sort you out with tickets, and remember that New Yorkers even dress up for sporting events, so leave your trainers at home.