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5 Nightlife Destinations in New York You NEED to Experience

Jeannelle Douglas

August 18th 2021

5 Nightlife Destinations in New York You NEED to Experience

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, and rightfully so. The city stands by its reputation with leading nightlife destinations throughout Manhattan. The bustling city isn’t just for locals, it caters to tourists as well. The nightlife in this city doesn’t stop at DJ-driven clubs and it isn’t always about dancing all night (even though it’s still an option). New York City is full of diversity and has a plethora of incredible experiences suitable for a variety of interests. Whether you’re traveling with a group or you’re hoping for a celebrity sighting, there’s a good chance you will find what you’re looking for before the night is over.

With so many popular bars and pubs in New York to choose from, the options can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re a new traveler to New York City. Wondering how to make the most of the nightlife while traveling in New York City? If the answer is yes, Tripshock has devised a list of the 5 nightlife destinations in New York you need to experience so you can optimize your time and have a memorable trip that is sure to have bragging rights.

Table of Contents

  1. The Press Room
  2. The Backroom
  3. Slate NY
  4. Bar 54
  5. 48 Lounge

 

1. The Press Room

5 Nightlife Destinations in New York You NEED to Experience

Image by www.thepresslounge.com

 

The Press Lounge has been recognized as one of the top 22 rooftops worldwide. As a sister venue to PRINT, it offers astounding views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline all year-round. Enjoy an expansive wine list and seasonal cocktails while surrounded by a glass walled interior space. The Press Lounge is clearly among the nightlife destinations in New York you need to experience, and as the New York Times put it, The Press Lounge was “without question, one of the city’s most attractive rooftop bars”.

Recommended Tour: Bar, Rooftop, & Club Night in NYC

Enjoy an optimum New York City nightlife experience with the Bar, Rooftop, & Club Night Tour. Along with your gracious host, you will meander through the infamous NYC streets and stop at a selection of unparalleled nightlife venues to get a taste of what each one has to offer-- including a rooftop, club, bar, and a speakeasy. You will feel almost like an overnight celebrity as you’re showered with VIP treatment at each location. As a bonus, you get to enjoy complimentary drinks or shots.

{Read Reviews & Book a Bar, Rooftop, & Club Night in NYC Tour Online}

2. The Backroom

5 Nightlife Destinations in New York You NEED to Experience

Image by backroomnyc.com

 

The Back Room is an original 1920’s speakeasy that was in operation during Prohibition. It’s in a hidden area where you will see a sign that reads ‘Lower East Side Toy Company.’ At The Back Room, you will experience an old-time feel--bottles of beer are served in paper bags, and cocktails are served in teacups. There are 1920’s period pieces, vintage decor, and a secret room behind a bookcase. This speakeasy has a rich history and has been displayed in major productions such as HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

Recommended Tour: Prohibition History & Speakeasy Drinks Tour in NYC

Visit The Backroom bar with the Prohibition History & Speakeasy Drinks Tour in NYC. Take a step back into a captivating time in American history with the Prohibition History & Speakeasy Drinks Tour in NYC. Relish in the magnificent recounting of this departed era that is narrated by your dedicated expert guide. This is a nightlife destination in New York you need to experience as you will enjoy premium cocktails in distinguished bars with reserved seating and uncover hidden speakeasies as you embark on a journey through a past time of a prominent historical influence.

{Read Reviews & Book a Prohibition History & Speakeasy Drinks Tour in NYC Online}

3. Slate NY

5 Nightlife Destinations in New York You NEED to Experience

Image by Slate NYC Facebook page

 

Slate NY is a nightlife destination in New York you need to experience. If you want to spot a celebrity, head on over to Slate NY located in the center of Chelsea. Dubbed as the“place to be", this upscale multi-level venue attracts the likes of top celebrities and business executives. At this infamous hotspot, enjoy 16,000 square feet of exciting entertainment including billiards, ping-pong, karaoke, and Jenga to name a few.

Some of the other activities you may want to do in the adult playground at Slate NY include:

  • Bowling
  • Foosball
  • Giant games
  • Arcade room
  • Darts
  • The slide

You can also take pleasure in live concerts and spectacular DJ sets which are featured regularly. Indulge in the chef-driven menu with an array of American pub favorites or help yourself to a cold beverage at the self-serve drink wall.

4. Bar 54

5 Nightlife Destinations in New York You NEED to Experience

Image by Hyatt.com

 

With convenient access to NYC’s Theater District, this venue located in the Hyatt Centric has the tallest rooftop bar in Times Square. As the name suggests, the rooftop bar is 54 floors up. Bar 54 offers exceptional views of lower Manhattan attractions such as the Chrysler Building, which is the perfect environment to relax while enjoying magnificent craft cocktails, light gourmet fare, farm-to-table fruits, and fine wines.

5. 48 Lounge

5 Nightlife Destinations in New York You NEED to Experience

Image by 48nyc.com

 

The 48 Lounge is an Award-Winning, sophisticated nightlife destination in New York City. This nightlife spot is conveniently located near theaters, hotels, Times Square, and world-renowned city tours such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and Rockefeller Center.

At 48 Lounge, you will be treated to the ultimate nightlife experience. The venue offers an impressive assortment of state-of-the-art cocktails, exquisite champagne, and tasty food from a chef-driven menu. The venue is known for drawing in the professional crowd due to its luxurious atmosphere, plush lounge furniture, and high levels of service.

The 49 Lounge offers an amazing variety of experiences, such as:

  • Late-night VIP reservations
  • Social celebrations
  • Private events

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