New York City Nightlife

Posted on Feb 1 2014 - 5:02am by Tyler Coleman
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If you are going to New York City soon be prepared to behave like a night owl because this city is filled with nightclubs and other venues for your pleasure and there is no shortage of exciting entertainment. Manhattan alone has a ton of nightclubs to choose from and some Manhattan neighborhoods are better than others when it comes to nightlife. You can purchase some New York City based travel guides when you arrive and look at the reviews of the clubs to get an idea of which ones are the best in the city. Practice safety when out and about and know the city’s etiquette when trying to get a cab or ride the subway.

Reggae Clubs in NYC

Reggae Clubs in New York City

SOB’s – Sounds of Brazil Restaurant

Sounds of Brazil is nightclub that plays both Brazilian and reggae music and the minumum age is 18. Reggae groups such as Burning Spear, Sean Paul and Stephen Marley have performed here and those who want to learn Caribbean dancing can observe the dancers and get lessons without paying for classes.

Address: 204 Varick St, New York, NY 10014, United States
Phone: (212) 243-4940
Hours: 6:00 pm – 1:00 am


Halycon is another neat reggae club in New York City and it plays authentic reggae and other styles of Caribbean music. This nightclub also has an art gallery filled with Caribbean-inspired artwork.

Address: 57 Pearl St, New York, NY 11201, United States
Phone:(718) 260-9299
Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Caribbean City

Caribbean City is a nightclub that plays really good reggae from older and newer reggae artists each Sunday night and there is Imperial NYC, who hosts a reggae night every Saturday.

Address: 103 Empire Blvd, New York, NY 11225, United States
Phone:(718) 941-7220

Salsa Clubs in NYC

Salsa Clubs in New York City

Club Cache – Club Cache is a salsa club that focuses heavily on the dance experience rather than the socializing aspect. Here you can dance the night away off of great salsa music and if you are not skilled in salsa dancing you can watch others and have a fellow guest show you basic steps.

Gonzalez Y Gonzalez –  is another neat salsa club that is known for its’ bar area where you can get drinks and chat with fellow patrons.

Club Iguana is a place where salsa, merengue, reggae and bachata music is played.

Columbus 72 is a salsa club where many of the older and more experienced dancers hang out and this club is also smaller than some of the others. LQ is one of the best salsa clubs currently and here some salsa pioneers perform at times.

Rotary Clubs in NYC

Rotary Clubs in New York City

NYC Rotary Club

Rotary Club is a national organization with chapters all over the country so technically the Rotary Club is not a major part of the general New York City nightlife. However, there is a Rotary Club branch in New York City with sub-chapters of this branch throughout the city’s five boroughs. At the Rotary Club the members often gather for dinners, social dances, Bingo games, awards ceremonies and a variety of fundraisers during the year.

New York City Latin Clubs

New York City Latin Clubs 

The Copacabana is a well-known nightclub in Manhattan that features live Latin music for those who love to dance to salsa and other types of Caribbean.

La Fonda Boricua is actually a restaurant but it includes a Latin club that features lively Caribbean music that you can hear while enjoying the food.

Vampire Clubs in NYC

Vampire Clubs in New York City 

Albion is the city’s largest vampire club and it is also considered a Goth nightclub by those who are into Goth culture. You can enjoy a variety of diverse kinds of music such as punk and New Wave and you can dance with your friends all night long or go by yourself in order to meet new friends who enjoy Goth the way you do. Other good vampire clubs in New York City include The Black Abbey and the Pyramid Club. The Pyramid Club is a club that features 80s punk and goth music as well as a little darkwave music for those who are deep into vampire culture.

Gentlemens Clubs in NYC

Gentlemens Clubs in New York City 

The Metropolitan Club was founded in 1891 by J.P. Morgan and is one of the most historic and prominent gentlemens clubs in New York City. This club is a membership only club and women are allowed to join. If you are a tourist this club would be off limits but there are other to choose from that do not have strict membership rules.

Address: 1 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022, United States
Phone:(212) 838-7400
Hours: Open 24 hours

The Downtown Association is another popular gentlemens club and it was founded in 1859. This club has three dining rooms where you can enjoy meals and it has a fitness center.

Address: 60 Pine St, New York, NY 10005, United States
Phone:(212) 422-1982
Hours: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm

Scandals is a club that offers liquor service to guests along with fine dining. This club also offers valet parking and limo service.

Address: 2403 Queens Plaza N, Long Island City, NY 11101, United States
Phone:(718) 784-5600

The Riviera is a club where you can watch sports events on flat screen TVs and you can hold private parties there.


New York City Comedy Clubs Open Mic

New York City Comedy Clubs Open Mic 

Comic Strip Live

One good club to check out if you like open mic comedy is Comic Strip Live. Famous comedians such as Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman have all performed here prior to becoming famous and it has a designated night just for those seeking to enter the world of stand up comedy.

Address: 1568 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028, United States
Phone:(212) 861-9386
Hours: 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Dangerfield Comedy Club

There is also the Dangerfield Comedy Club that was founded by Rodney Dangerfield in the 1960s. This club is available for hosting private parties.

Address: 1118 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065, United States
Phone:(212) 593-1650
Hours: 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

New York Comedy Club

If you are in Brooklyn you want to visit the New York Comedy Club because this clubs has received acclaim from entertainment insiders and a few well known and independent comics have been to this club.

Address: 241 E 24th St, Manhattan, NY 10010, United States
Phone:(212) 696-5233
Hours: 8:00 pm – 1:00 am

Hottest Clubs in NYC

Hottest Clubs in New York City 

Lotus is a nice club in the city but you will have to make reservations and it has a dining room and restaurant.Those who want to hear mostly old school music should check out Cielo because it offers this experience and the Village Voice gave this club recognition in 2006. The Sullivan Room is another cool nightclub and in 2009 New York Magazine rated it the best club. The dance music played there is generally upbeat and the dress code is relaxed. Revolver is a rock n roll themed nightclub that plays mostly 80s music for those wanting to relive their crazy high school years from this decade and for younger persons who love the music.

New York City Underground Clubs

New York City Underground Clubs 

The Underground Lounge is located not far from Columbia University and is a hot spot for college kids and adventurous travelers who want an alternative to the mainstream clubs in Manhattan. Not only can you have fun dancing at this club but you can also enjoy delicious food and sip cocktail drinks. If you like techno there are some underground clubs that specialize in this music.

Address: 955 W End Ave, New York, NY 10025, United States
Phone:(212) 531-4759
Hours: 4:00 pm – 4:00 am

Club Shelter offers techno music and is one of the oldest underground clubs in the city. Love is another cool techno club that has bold bright laser beams to go along with the music.

Gay Nightlife in NYC

Gay Nightlife in New York City 

Boots and Saddle is a club that is located in Manhattan and here you can enjoy live karaoke and thumping 80s music. For those who need a good laugh after a stressful week this club also hosts a comedy night and you can drink cocktails and beers at affordable prices.

The 9th Avenue Saloon has existed for over 30 years and it has a jukebox and some booths for artists to display their work.

Posh Bar is a bar that has been voted the best gay bar in 2010 by Citysearch and it has a sophisticated atmosphere.

New York City Nightlife Under  21

 New York City Nightlife Under 21

The Bowery Presents Ballroom allows patrons under 21 to enter and it has an Art Deco look to it. This club has a bar and for certain concerts only those who are 21 and older are allowed in the ballroom during these concerts.

The Roseland Ballroom is also a neat club for those who are under 21 and you can watch independent rock bands from the area and other states perform there.