Top Ten Nightlife Destinations In New York

Top Ten Nightlife Destinations In New York
NyNyDotCom Staff August 09, 2017

The nightlife in New York is just as diverse as the city, with some of the most exciting locations to have the time of your life.

You don’t need to be a night owl to take full advantage of the city’s nightlife scene. You can explore the scenic locations and then head out to some of the hottest nightlife options where you can enjoy parties, have delicious food or dance the night away. Here are the top 10 must-visit nightlife destinations in New York:

McSorley's Old Ale House

Being New York’s oldest continuously operated saloon, it still has touching mementos hanging in the bar from those who didn’t make it back from World War I. This historic bar has quenched the thirst of several notable figures in American history, from Abraham Lincoln to John McSorley, many are known to have had a few drinks here even when one could only get either light or dark drinks. This place has still kept its history intact with a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs on the wall, portraits of long lost politicians and newspaper reports of early basketball games. No wonder a glass at the bar says, “We were here before you were born.” You’ll find turkey wishbones on the lamp railing hangings for good luck. It is one of the oldest Irish taverns in NYC with an almost constant menu since its inception. However, in 2017, McSorley's added Feltman's of Coney Island Hot Dogs to their menu. It’s one of the top five historic bars of NYC with its century old charm and history, making it a mesmerizing place.

Comedy Cellar

One of the favorite spots for New York’s elite, it has had the honor of hosting one of the greatest nights of stand-up comedy ever. On any given night, you’ll find the likes of Jerry Seinfeld testing out new material and those attending are treated to a bunch of surprises. Numerous other top comedians also perform here on a regular basis. Comedy Cellar is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Each week consists of three shows a night and classes are also held here, so you can learn to structure all that’s in your clever mind, but you don’t have the courage to say aloud.

Dizz's Club Coca-Cola

Quite famous for being the best jazz room in the city with some of the best live jazz and refined soul food, the Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola has a capacity of seating over 140 people, is open all year round and features a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. It welcomes locals and visitors to world-class jazz performances, food and some of the best beverages. Some of the more popular dishes here include Bourbon Glazed BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Miss Mamie’s Fried Chicken, and N’awlins Fry. It is the perfect place to enjoy a night of swinging jazz at an affordable price.


Birdland is one of the oldest jazz clubs in NYC, featuring some of the best musicians in the city including David Bowie, The Police and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of compositions by Chick Corea, Charlie Parker, and Herbie Hancock. Witness the art of jazz with a twist at the Birdland jazz club where you’ll witness performances at a whole new level. Visual artists are also present here who create paintings in real time inspired by music. Experience great entertainment at a reasonable price in an intimate setting where you are guaranteed to have a great time.  

Terra Blues

This candle-lit Jazz bar hosts the best Jazz music in New York; enjoy acoustic sounds from local artists along with famous Blues aficionados. Two different bands play there every night and you can also listen to old favorites and enjoy acoustic acts from solo guitarists. Thursday is set apart for national combos and a laundry list of impressive musicians. Autographed images are displayed all over the walls for an authentic experience at this modern-day blues salon. Be sure to check out their once in a lifetime performance which won’t fail to disappoint. Grab a drink and savor an entertaining night of great music and drinks!

230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

This is the largest outdoor rooftop restaurant in NYC which is fully enclosed in a penthouse with a breathtaking view of the New York skyline adding to beauty of the place. It has the specialty of being able to host various kinds of events under the open sky. If you are looking for a drink with a stunning view of the city or enjoy an enticing brunch, this is the place for you. You are guaranteed to leave with a memorable experience.

Hard Rock Cafe

The Hard Rock Café is one of the city’s largest entertainment destinations which will rock your senses with its tempting food and drinks, and a splendid collection of music. It features a one-of-a-kind outdoor space above the building's historic marquee where private parties are usually held. Enjoy priceless music and some of the best desserts in all of NY.

Lavo, Midtown

Easily one of the hottest clubs in New York, this hot venue is ideal for both dinner and late-night entertainment. It has the biggest, brightest and over-the-top venues of New York City. Enthusiasts start lining up early to get a chance to enjoy outclass performances and be up close with celebrities, models, and corporate heads. The VIP area features plus banquettes all set in a rich décor of copper and brown accents.

Cafe Wha?

Café Wha? features some of the best live music, entertaining audiences five nights a week with entertaining tunes showcasing their exceptional musical talents. It is claimed to be the birthplace of legends like Bob Dylan and Jimmy Hendrix. It attracts many European and Japanese visitors who come to enjoy live music and drinks. It hosts many celebrity guest performances featuring high-energy versions of popular songs in a friendly atmosphere.

Tonic Bar Times Square

A popular tourist spot for sports fans from all over the world; Tonic Bar is located between Rockefeller Center and Times Square and has been successfully hosting various kinds of parties and events featuring state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities. It is the perfect stop if you are looking forward to catching a game, a refreshing drink or a late-night karaoke scene. This multi-level bar has an unbelievable setting with 25 large Plasma & LCD TV’s and a large marble top bar. There is a restaurant with an international menu on the second floor, a tonic bar facility and private bars for special events.

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