Fifty NY NIGHTLIFE HotSpots


by Barbara Kent

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn. · Samuel Johnson. 1709-1784

The 21st century version of the tavern is the ěclubî and we love them so dearly, that we have evolved them and filled our lives with an abundance of different types. Ambiance is critical at any given time of life, or even of the day, therefore these clubs have been categorized and classified by ětype.î Decible level indicates Quiet, for those introspective evenings when we want to sit and brood or chat with a friend or potential honey...and Loud for those occasions when we want to lose ourselves in the dance or feel the crush of flesh.

CLUB

MUSIC

DECIBLES

COST

COMMENTS


One51

151 E 50 St

212-753-1144

Mixed

Noisy

$$$

The current hottest of the hot.
The Tunnel

220 12 Ave.

212-695-4682

Mixed

Noisy

$$$

The most recent ex hotty.
CREAM

246 Collumbus Ave.

212-712-1666

Eclectic, DJ

Noisy

$$$

Multi-thematic high energy.
Iridium Jazz Club

48 W 63 St.

212-582-2121

Jazz LIVE

Noisy/Quiet

$$$

Artsy, celebrity hang out.
Luvbuzz

1483 3rd Ave.

212-717-0100

Mixed, DJ

Noisy/Quiet

$$$

Upscale-Sexy Retro.
Caroline's

1626 Broadway

212-956-0101

Comedy

Noisy/Quiet

$$

Great club, lots of laughs BIG stars.
The China Club

268 W 47 Street

212-398-3800

Mixed, and Comedy

Noisy/Quiet

$$$

Beautiful, big entertainment, Stars.
Copacabana

617 W 57 St

212-582-2672

All Types

Noisy

$$$

THE place for dancing and elegance.
FLOAT

240 W 52 St

212-581-0055
Eclectic, DJ/hip-hop

Noisy

$$$

Beautiful, celeb hang-out.
Flute

205 W 54 St

212-819-0377

Eclectic

Noisy/Quiet

$$$$

Exclusive champagne bar Celebs and CEOs.
Kit-Kat Club

124 W 43 St

212-819-0377

Mixed

Noisy

$$$$

ěIn here, Life is Beautifulî and sweaty!
La Nueva Esualita

301 W 39 St

212-631-0588

Disco/DJ

Noisy

$$

Decadent drag queens underground affairs
Le Bar Bat

311 W 41

212-947-5255

Mixed, LIVE/DJ

Noisy

$$

Jams and comfort even occasional NJ singles.
Savoy Lounge

355 W 41

212-947-5255

BLUES, LIVE

Quiet/Noisy

$

Excellent music, down to earth great bar/club
Swing 46

349 W 46 St

212-262-9554

Swing, LIVE

Noisy

$$

Very hip, dance classes and all night
Time2

224 W 49

212-246-5252

Mixed

Quiet

$$$$

Otherworldly high-tech respite.
Au Bar

41 E 58


212-308-9455

Classics

Quiet

$$$$

Classy dancing to old favorites.
Chaos

225 E Houston

212-475-3200

Euro-House

Noisy

$$$

Very trendy as the name suggests. Interesting high-profile crowd.
Baktun

418 W 14 St

212-206-1590

House/LIVE/art

Noisy

$$

Artful and hip, brutally young.
Cheetah

12 W 21 St

212-206-7779

R&B/DISCO/DJ

Noisy

$$$$

Quintessential NYC Club experience.
DOWNTIME

251 W 30 St

212-695-2747

LIVE/Blues/Reggae

Gospel, etc.

Noisy

$$$$

Very appealing diverse live music and DJ.
Hammerstein Ballroom

311 W 34 St


212-564-4882

LIVE

Noisy

$$$$

Gorgeous venue for serious dancers.
Limelight

47 W 20 St


212-807-7780

Mixed/DJ

Noisy

$$$$

Formerly a church, currently unchurchlike.
Ohm

16 W 22 St

212-229-2000

Dance/DJ

Noisy

$$$$$

Glitzy, high style NYC type Danceclub.
ROXY

515 W 18 St

212-645-5156

Dance

Noisy

$$$

NYCís largest dancefloor, packed.
Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place


212-777-6800

LIVE/Mixed

Noisy

$$$$

Essential live bands, serious music lovers.
Jazz Standard

116 E 27 St

212-576-2232

Jazz/LIVE

Noisy

$$

Unbeatable great night out live jazz.
2is

248 W 14 St


212-807-1775

DANCE

Noisy

$$

Boogy ëtil you sweat, and you will!
55 Bar

55 Christopher St

212-929-9883

Jazz/LIVE

Noisy/Quiet

$

Live music EVERY night!
The Bitter End

147 Bleeker St

212-475-8592

Mixed/LIVE

Noisy

$

Do not miss! EVERYONE goes here!
Blue Note

131 W 3 St

212-475-8592

JAZZ/LIVE

Noisy

$$

Glamorous star-studded audience & stage.
The Bottom Line

15 W 4 St

212-228-7880

Mixed/LIVE

Noisy

$$

Must-go to be a real New Yorker.
Bowlmor Lanes

110 University Pl

212-255-8188

Mixed/DJ

Noisy+

$$

Great fun, mix partying w/bowling.
Cafe Wha?

115 MacDougal St

212-254-3706

Mixed/LIVE

Noisy

$

Dylan, Hendrix,Marley patrons and performers.
Chicago Blues

75 8 Ave

212-924-9755

Blues/LIVE /Jam

Quiet/Noisy

$

Early night, but intense.
The Cooler

416 W 14 St

212-229-0785

Hardcore

Noisy+

$

Underground club live rap.
Elbow Room

144 Bleeker St

212-979-8434

Mixed/LIVE

Noisy

$

Ethnic alternative, very affordable.
Halo

49 Grove St

212-243-8885

Mixed

Noisy

$$$$

Celebrity hang-out, new kids in town.
Life

158 Bleeker St

212-429-1999

House

Noisy

$$$$

Young Celebs party spot.
Terra Blues

149 Bleeker St

212-777-7776

Blues

Noisy/Quiet

$$

Mixed crowd, all ages blues all week.
Village Vanguard

178 7 Ave

212-255-4037

Jazz

Quiet

$$$

No dancing but incredible music.
CBGB

313 Bowery

212-254-0983

ROCK N' ROLL

Noisy

$

Rock Lives! Here!
Fez

380 Lafayette St

212-533-2680

Eclectic

Quiet/Noisy

$$$

Very romantic, wide variety of music.
Webster Hall

125 E 11 St

212-353-1600

Hip-hop

Noisy

$$$$

Caters to Disco, R&B, Psychodelic.
Arlene Grocery

95 Stanton St

212-358-1633

Eclectic

Quiet/Noisy

$

Talent showcase, most bang for the buck.
Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St

212-533-2111

Rock/Techno

Noisy

$

Diverse crowd, down to earth great music.
Knitting Factory

74 Leonard St

212-219-3006

Everything

Noisy

$

Very diverse, passionate crowd.
Wetlands

161 Hudson St

212-966-4225

Rock

Noisy

$

Deadhead, psychedelic ska, hardcore.
The Duplex

61 Christopher St

212-255-5438

Broadway

Quiet

$

Broadway tunes, audience participation.