New York City has been the capital of nightlife in North America for decades. Its complexity and sheer variety mean that it draws revellers from every corner of the globe, and it is this diversity of sounds, styles, venues and, most importantly, people that means the Big Apple is able to compete with European counterparts including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and London.
Upon arriving in the city you’ll quickly find that New York’s nightlife is thriving. If you know where to look, that is.
From rooftop clubs at the top of skyscrapers, to huge industrial spaces and every outdoor disco brunch in between, there’s something to suit every taste, no matter how long your stay. So before you book your city break in New York, here’s where to head to party.
The Meatpacking District
Firstly to the Meatpacking District, NYC’s prime destination for partying. With its cobblestone streets and red brick industrial architecture, you could almost forget that you’re still in one of the world’s largest metropolises. But as many of these industrial buildings have long-since fulfilled their original purpose, they are being snapped up and transformed into quirky, uniquely stylised and in-demand venues.
Le Bain, The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, USA
One of the hottest locations in NYC, this penthouse bar and restaurant at The Standard Hotel becomes a thriving discotheque from 10pm onwards. With a state of the art sound system, frequently featuring world-renowned DJs and electronic acts, this high-roller spot has one of the best vantage points in the city, by day or night.
If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, Le Bain features a plunge pool on the dancefloor come the summer months.
Cielo, 18 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Cielo is a self-proclaimed ‘mature’ nightclub experience where music and dancing take centre stage. Harking back to the days of Larry Levan & co, the club maintains a retro aesthetic despite its ultra-modern Funktion One sound system being one of the best in the city. This modern-retro fusion and its commitment to its values have made it one of the city’s most consistent performers for over a decade. Deep house and disco are usually on the menu, with legends such as Louie Vega, Tony Humphries and Francois K making regular appearances, as well as a host of global talent.
NYC’s largest and most populous borough offers plenty of opportunities to party. You certainly won’t find as many tourists exploring Brooklyn as neighbouring Manhattan, but its neighbourhoods are thriving nonetheless. Williamsburg and Bushwick in particular have become centres of independent start-ups for art and industry, and even without the skyline of its sister, its nightlife is second to none.
Output, 74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
In their own words, “Output is open to anyone, but is not for everyone”. It’s somewhere you’ll need an open mind, and even then you must be willing to step outside your comfort zone. For those who do venture there, Output is one of NYC’s best spots to experience the sounds of the underground from all over the electronic music universe. It’s an intriguing multi-level venue, and includes an outdoor rooftop that really gets rocking in the summer.
Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385, USA
As far as unique venues go, Nowadays is certainly up there. This seasonal hangout resembles an oversized backyard – filled with ping pong, good food and great music. It’s home to the longstanding Mister Sunday Night parties, which have become the locals’ favourite place to dance all night long. The event has been so popular that this summer you can now dance a whole weekend away with the best funky disco and house selectors in the Big Apple.
Once you’ve visited these favourites and scratched the surface, you’ll quickly understand why this city never sleeps. Why not look out for flights from Manchester to New York, and you’ll soon be partying in one of the biggest and most diverse scenes in the world.