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Music and Nightlife in NYC

From dives to smoky music halls to martini bars and swanky clubs, New York City has something for everyone after dark. More vibrant than it's been in years, NYC's nightlife scene abounds with great music, dancing, cocktails and plenty of beautiful people. The city that brought us Bob Dylan, the Velvet Underground, the Strokes and the Ramones is also still the best place to discover new, groundbreaking music. Whether you're looking for comedy, world-class DJs, sophisticated lounges or head-banging rock venues, the city's after-dark entertainment can oblige. Explore the following most essential clubs, bars and music venues and plan an unforgettable evening in the city that never sleeps.
Hudson Terrace at New York
Hudson Terrace
A premier New York City nightclub, lounge and rooftop bar, this two-level, DJ'ed club features a year-round roof deck, a garden, plush interiors and scenic river views.
Mad 46 at New York
Mad 46
Perched atop Roosevelt Hotel and outfitted with canopied daybeds, MAD 46 is the premier place to savor delicious cocktails and mingle with midtown's hottest.
The Brass Monkey at New York
The Brass Monkey
An intriguing alternative to NYC's glittery clubs and boutiques, Brass Monkey is an unpretentious Meatpacking District pub with an inviting roof deck and an extensive selection of beer.
New York Upstairs at the Kimberly
Upstairs at the Kimberly
The Kimberly Hotel's roof top lounge boasts retractable glass walls and ceilings, 360 degree views, 3000 square feet of space and an elegant, sophisticated atmosphere.
230 Fifth at New York
230 Fifth
New York's largest outdoor Rooftop Garden, 230 FIFTH is a fully-enclosed Penthouse Lounge with breathtaking views of the NYC skyline and a vast rooftop bar.
New York Plunge
Positioned atop the hip Gansevoort Hotel, Plunge Rooftop Bar and Lounge features a swimming pool and mesmerizing 360-degree views of the NYC skyline.
Top of the Strand at New York
Top of the Strand
Perched atop the Strand Hotel, this intimate rooftop lounge provides dramatic views of the Empire State Building, flavorful cocktails and a retractable roof.
Jack Doyles' Bar at New York
Jack Doyles' Bar
Situated a block from Penn Station, this expansive, elegant Irish bar offers a vast menu of delicious pub grub and an invitingly-unique atmosphere.
New York Faces & Names
Faces & Names
This contemporary lounge features sandwiches and pub food for a Midtown after-work crowd. Enjoy great for cocktails, craft beers and wines amid a warm, friendly atmosphere.
New York Tir na nOg
Tir na nOg
Featuring a global menu heavy with Irish influence, Tir Na Nog offers an extensive whiskey list, along with a diverse selection of Irish, local and craft beers.
Playright Irish Pub at New York
Playright Irish Pub
One of the few New York City bars showing UFC bouts with no cover, this midtown Manhattan lounge caters to NHL, NBA, NFL, UFC and Soccer fanatics.
New York Molly's Irish Pub
Molly's Irish Pub
One of the most traditional Irish bars in New York City, Molly's serves great burgers and pints, amid an inviting setting with a wood-burning fireplace and sawdust sprinkled floors.
Jimmy's Corner at New York
Jimmy's Corner
With old-school boxing memorabilia covering the walls, this narrow old-school Times Square bar welcomes both publishing and pugilist types.
Little Branch at New York
Little Branch
Featuring an expansive menu of handcrafted cocktails, this underground den of mixology features a darkly lit, super intimate atmosphere with the feel of a 1920s speakeasy.
Aria Wine Bar at New York
Aria Wine Bar
A cozy wine bar in West Village, Aria offers a unique array of organic, biodynamic cocktails and wine produced by female vintners.
Death & Co at New York
Death & Co
A dark, moody cocktail lounge, Death + Company is a speakeasy-esque gem, complete with bartenders outfitted in bow ties and suspenders.
Play Lounge at New York
Play Lounge
One of New York State's most uniquely-exciting venues, Play is a sleek lounge featuring ping pong, billiards, bowling, dancing and delicious bar food.
New York Raines Law Room
Raines Law Room
This popular and sophisticated cocktail lounge features a semi-secret entrance that leads to an inviting lounge, serving flavorful Prohibition-era cocktails.
Don't Tell Momma at New York
Don't Tell Momma
A veritable nightlife mall broken into individual areas, Don't Tell Mama features a restaurant, piano bar and two separate cabaret showrooms.
New York Flute
The perfect escape from the bustle of Midtown Manhattan, Flûte Midtown is an upscale bar with fireplaces, a candlelit lounge and weekly live music.
Village Tavern at New York
Village Tavern
A standard-issue sports bar adorned with a fireplace and stained-glass windows, The Village Tavern offers several televisions, billiards and brews.
Tao of New York
Designed by the pioneers of the Pan-Asian trend, TAO is a vast, clublike Pan-Asian eatery known for its distinct dishes and beautiful crowd.
New York Finale
EMM Group's Lower East Side Nightlife Destination features a high-tech bar and amenities, along with conceptual performances staged amid an ornate setting.
Naked Lunch at New York
Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch is now the The Regent Cocktail Club, a nostalgic, cosmopolitan bar featuring live jazz, great drinks, cigars and patio space.
Pacha at New York
A relative of the famous Ibiza dance club, Pacha is a very large multilevel dance club, which attracts some of the world's most talented DJs.
New York Cielo
A state-of-the-art venue in the ultra-chic Meat Packing District, Cielo features top DJs and an impressive sound system that keeps the dance floor pumping.
The Black Horse Pub at New York
The Black Horse Pub
A great place to catch an English football match, Black Horse Pub offers delicious pints of ale, traditional pub grub and an authentic British flavor.
Boxers HK at New York
Boxers HK
This popular gay venue features a stylish lounge, a full bar, a swimming pool and a video-wall-equipped basement with numerous plasma screens.
New York Chelsea Brewing Company
Chelsea Brewing Company
Specializing in premium handcrafted beers and single malt scotch and liquor, this 12,000-square-foot venue features gourmet pub cuisine, pizzas, pastas and salads.
Jack Demsey's of New York
Jack Demsey's
Appealing to both first-time visitors and regulars, this Midtown favorite features televised international sporting events and a delicious menu of American grub.
 New York Professor Thom's
Professor Thom's
With delicious food, an upstairs lounge and an antiquey decor, this sports bar is a great place to catch a game or hang with friends.
Madison Square Garden at New York
Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden at New York
Home to the NHL's Rangers and NBA's Knicks, MSG is a multi-purpose indoor arena that plays host to a variety of concerts, performances and events.
 New York Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall
Located in New York City's Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall is a cultural icon and one of the city's leading tourist destinations.
 New York Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
This legendary concert venue features about 250 annual performances, featuring the world’s finest orchestras and a wide array of talented musical artists.
Lincoln Center at New York
Lincoln Center
One of the world's most famous performing arts venues, the Lincoln Center is home to The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, The New York City Ballet and The Metropolitan Opera.
Birdland of New York
An iconic jazz club in midtown Manhattan, Birdland features some of the world's finest jazz, with memorable sets from the genre's top performers.
 New York BB Kings
BB Kings
This small but lively Times Square nightclub features great American pub food, along with well-known funk, rock and blues acts.
Blue Note at New York
Blue Note
One of New York's premier jazz clubs, Blue Note provides and intimate setting, great American eats and live performances from Legendary jazz musicians.
New York Carnegie Bar
Carnegie Bar
With an unabashed nod to the days of indoor cigar-smoking, the Carnegie Club is a clubby, elegant smoking lounge specializing in fine cigars and single malts.
 New York Toshi
Located in the Flatiron Hotel lobby, Toshi's Living Room features good music, good food and good cheer in one of NYC's brightest and quirkiest settings.
CBGB at New York
New York City's original hardcore and punk rock club, CBGB is now a popular tourist attraction, recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.
 New York Oak Room
Oak Room
Overlooking Central Park South, The Oak Room at The Plaza is one of New York City's most iconic institutions. Enjoy a great dinner menu and extensive wine list.
Mercury Lounge at New York
Mercury Lounge
A popular club/music venue in New York City's Lower East Side, Mercury Lounge features regular performances from an array of talented live bands.
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