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Nightlife in New York

New York is famous for its jazz clubs, including Blue Note and Smalls in Greenwich Village. The Meatpacking District has stylish bars and clubs like Cielo. The eclectic entertainment in the East Village includes lively poetry at Nuyorican Poet's Cafe. Don't forget the suburbs: Brooklyn has orchestras and operas at Brooklyn Academy of Music or Balkan music at Barbès. Bars and clubs are open late – always tip the bartender.

Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York. Courtesy of Brooklyn Academy of Music,  © Toby Wales
230 Fifth, New York. Courtesy of 230 Fifth
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230 Fifth

Rooftop views

The main attraction at the swanky 230 Fifth rooftop bar is the panoramic view. Join the after-work crowd on the roof terrace to see the Empire State Building and Manhattan skyline, or relax inside the 8000-square-foot lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and 1940s modernist decor.



Address

230, Fifth Avenue, (between 26th and 27th Streets), New York City 10001

Telephone

+1 212 725 4300

Transport

28th Street and Broadway subway

Website

230 Fifth Website

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Enoteca I Trulli

Italian wine-tasting

An offshoot of restaurant I Trulli, Gramercy winebar Enoteca I Trulli has over 40 Italian wines chosen by its owner. Perch at the bar with local wine lovers and enjoy a glass of crisp Falanghina or full-bodied Rosso Toscana with charcuterie or cheeses.



Address

122, East 27th Street, (between Park & Lexington Avenues), New York City 10016

Telephone

+1 212 481 7372

Transport

28th Street subway

Website

I Trulli Website

The Campbell Apartment, New York. Courtesy of The Campbell Apartment
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The Campbell Apartment

1920s decadence

Located inside Grand Central, The Campbell Apartment was formerly the luxurious office of 1920s mogul John Campbell. Its renovated interior now makes a relaxing place to enjoy a cocktail in the leather sofas while admiring the stone fireplace, intricate beamed ceiling and leaded-glass windows.



Address

Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbilt, New York City 10017

Telephone

+1 212 980 9476

Transport

Grand Central subway

Website

The Campbell Apartment Website

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McSorley's Old Ale House

America's oldest bar

Opened in 1854, McSorley's Old Ale House in East Village is the city's oldest bar and only serves McSorley's own light and dark beer. Presidents and authors have drunk here for 150 years, yet women have only been permitted since 1970. Sawdust-covered floors and old photos adorn the walls.



Address

15, East 7th Street, (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), New York City 10003

Telephone

+1 212 474 9148

Transport

Astor Place or Eighth Street subways

Website

McSorley's Old Ale House Website

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S.O.B.'s

Sounds of Brazil

S.O.B. stands for Sounds of Brazil and that's the general theme here at this lavish Latin music venue. The Greenwich Village institution offers up a variety of DJs and bands playing an eclectic mix of Afro-Latin music.



Address

204, Varick Street, (between Houston & King Streets), New York City 10014

Telephone

+1 212 243 4940

Transport

Houston subway

Website

S.O.B.'s Website

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Sullivan Room

Dance-music heaven

Sullivan Room in Greenwich Village is an unpretentious club dedicated to the underground music scene, playing deep house and techno. A launching ground for many young DJs, the atmosphere only really livens up after midnight. Most people go there to dance, but there's seating for those needing a break.



Address

218, Sullivan Street, (between Bleecker and West 3rd Street), New York City 10012

Telephone

+1 212 252 2151

Transport

4th Street subway

Website

Sullivan Room Website

Sapphire, New York. Courtesy of Sapphire
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Sapphire

Intimate nightspot

Sapphire on New York City's Lower East Side is an intimate club with a small bar and discerning clientele. A great spot to enjoy a few drinks or get down to some serious dance music from resident and guest DJs.



Address

249, Eldridge Street, New York City 10002

Telephone

+1 212 777 5153

Transport

2nd Avenue-Lower East Side subway

Website

Sapphire Website

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Cielo

Serious dance party

Those that get past the discerning doormen at Cielo in the Meatpacking District enter a bar with 1970s-style decor, top-rated sound system and European DJs spinning deep-house music. The chic crowd flock to the central dancefloor, surrounded by brown suede banquettes.



Address

18, Little West 12th Street, New York City 10014

Telephone

+1 212 645 5700

Transport

14th Street subway

Website

Cielo Website

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Smalls

Greenwich Village jazz bar

An intimate basement jazz club in Greenwich Village, Smalls was created in 1993 and has launched the career of many established musicians, including Norah Jones and Josh Redman. Two bands play nightly at this informal, bohemian venue.



Address

183, West 10th Street (7th Avenue and Sheridan Square), New York City 10014

Telephone

+1 212 252 5091

Transport

West 4th Street-Washington Square subway

Website

Smalls Website

The Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Photo by Caroline Digonis. Courtesy of Metropolitan Opera
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Metropolitan Opera House

Arias and divas

Part of the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera House in Clinton is one of the world's finest. Top soloists have included Pavarotti and Domingo, astounding sets cost millions, and subtitles are discreetly placed on seat screens. Ballet is also on the programme.



Address

Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue (at 65th Street), New York City 10023

Telephone

+1 212 362 6000 (tickets & info)

Transport

Lincoln Center subway

Website

Metropolitan Opera Website

Robin Williams onstage at the Comedy Cellar, New York. Courtesy of the Comedy Cellar
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Comedy Cellar

Basement humour

Join the crowds in the Comedy Cellar basement club (busier at weekends) for up to six different comedians per show. A Greenwich Village institution, sharp wit is guaranteed, along with cappuccinos and cocktails at the Olive Tree Café & Bar upstairs.



Address

117, MacDougal Street, (between West 3rd Street & Minetta Lane), New York City 10012

Telephone

+1 212 254 3480

Transport

West 4th subway

Website

Comedy Cellar Website

Blue Note Jazz Club, New York. Photo by Dino Perrucci, courtesy of Blue Note
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Blue Note

Legendary jazz club

In this jazz-loving city, the famous Blue Note in Greenwich Village has hosted performances by legends including BB King, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck. At least two live sets every night showcase established and up-and-coming musicians, and there's also a Sunday jazz brunch.



Address

131, West 3rd Street, (between 6th Avenue & MacDougal Street), New York City 10012

Telephone

+1 212 475 8592

Transport

West 4th Street subway

Website

Blue Note Website

Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York. Courtesy of Brooklyn Academy of Music, © Toby Wales
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Brooklyn Academy of Music

Performing arts venue

Opened in 1861, Brooklyn Academy of Music is America's longest-running performing arts academy. Annual highlights include Next Wave Festival every winter, showcasing experimental performance. There are also classical music performances (by the Brooklyn Philharmonic), along with opera, dance and drama.



Address

30, Lafayette Avenue (between Ashland Place and St Felix Street), Fort Green, New York City 11217

Telephone

+1 718 636 4100 (tickets)

Transport

Atlantic Avenue or Pacific Street subways

Website

Brooklyn Academy of Music Website

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Barbès

Parisian-flavoured cultural hub

A tiny Brooklyn bar named after the Parisian area famed for North African music, Barbès hosts an eclectic programme of live performances. Nightly DJs or acoustic acts include Balkan gypsy music, 1920s jazz or Algerian Rai, enjoyed by global music connoisseurs.



Address

376, 9th Street, Park Slope, New York City 11215

Telephone

+1 718 965 9177

Transport

7th Avenue subway

Website

Barbès Website

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Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

Poetry performances

A community arts centre with hip-hop and provocative drama, the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe in East Village is legendary for its Slam poetry competitions. Friday nights are liveliest with open-mic nights that include fast-talking poets and an enthusiastic audience.



Address

236, East 3rd Street, (between Avenues B & C), New York City 10009

Telephone

+1 212 505 8183

Transport

Lower East Side-2nd Avenue subway

Website

Nuyorican Website

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