Downtown NYC Nightlife, New York (Self Guided)

No matter what nightlife style you have, New York City has them all. Nightlife in this city is much more a state of mind than anything else, and there are bars and restaurants open at any hour of the day. Here you can find swanky lounges, high octane dance clubs, sophisticated piano bars, old-fashioned Irish pubs and much more. Take this walking tour to experience the amazing New York's Lower Manhattan nightlife.
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Downtown NYC Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Downtown NYC Nightlife
Guide Location: USA » New York (See other walking tours in New York)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: Xena
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Apotheke

1) Apotheke

Tucked away on a non-descript side street in New York City’s Chinatown, Apotheke is located in a storefront called the Gold Flower Restaurant. This space has a notorious history as a former opium den, lending an air of decadence to this inventive little bar. Inside, the décor is top-notch, utilizing modern functional design elements including exposed brick, ornate lighting fixtures, candlelight, and chic sofas for guest to recline with one of Apotheke’s original cocktail creations .Antique medicine bottles line the shelves behind the bar in keeping with its theme as an old drugstore, or apothecary. All ingredients are local organic fare, and the herbs used to infuse their drinks come from their rooftop herb garden.

Operation hours: Monday – Saturday: 6.30 pm – 2 am; Sunday: 8 pm – 2 am
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Santo's Party House

2) Santo's Party House

Opened in part by notorious 90s rocker, Andrew W.K., Santo’s Party House is a huge 8000 square foot, two-floor, music hall, nightclub, and lounge located in the TriBeCa district of Manhattan. Santo’s Party House has received multiple awards since its opening in 2008, including Best DJ Night from Paper magazine, as well as honors for its booming sound system and more. Entertainment includes electro, hip hop, house, and dance-punk spun some of the world’s hottest DJs. Upstairs the décor includes huge white columns, a disco ball, and a polished wood stage, while the design downstairs is a bit starker, with industrial touches such as cinderblock and neon lighting design on the wall.

Operation hours: Monday – Friday: 11.30 am – 4 am; Saturday: 11.30 pm – 8 am; Sunday: 12 pm – 7 am
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Southside

3) Southside

A sophisticated nightclub in the SoHo district, the trendy Southside appeals to an upscale clientele, including models, local artists and other trendy types. Design features include potted plants, black tiles on the walls reminiscent of a subway station, and leather booths. An increasingly popular nightspot, not everyone has what it takes to impress the bouncers and lines to get in can get pretty long. An assortment of music can be heard at Southside. Wednesday nights the DJs spin rock, indie, and 80s music, Thursday evenings are reserved for house, and Friday and Saturday nights the sounds of popular rock and pop can be heard until 4:00 AM.

Operation hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11 pm – 4 am
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A60

4) A60

An exclusive rooftop bar with a breathtaking view of the downtown and midtown area, including the Empire State Building, A60 can be found at the top of the Sixty Thompson Hotel. Only hotel guests and members are permitted to enjoy this lovely view, however. The menu at A60 includes an assortment of tasty appetizers, as well as beer, wine, and cocktails. Padded benches offer a cozy place to sit and converse with friends or mingle with the clientele, which has on occasion been known to include a celebrity or two. Service is courteous and professional and the crowd tends to be friendly and upbeat.

Operation hours: 24 hours
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The Vig Bar

5) The Vig Bar

If you're in Manhattan, make sure to stop by The Vig Bar in Nolita neighborhood, a refreshing venue and a perfect place for intimate, elegant evenings. The interior is warm and welcoming, furnished in a royal manner, with elements of wood, gold and velvet fabrics.
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Death & Co.

6) Death & Co.

Located in the East Village, Death & Co. is a dark and intimate bar with a casual atmosphere. The perfect spot for a night out with friends, this hip bar is famous for its cocktails. Death & Co. features an assortment of expertly crafted cocktails as well as a variety of tasty appetizers such as the popular truffle macaroni and cheese and mini lobster rolls. Death & Co. also offers a selection of premium beers and wines. The wait to get in can get long at times, particularly on the weekends. Death & Co. is open seven days a week from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday, and until 1:00 AM every other day.

Operation hours: Monday – Thursday: 6 pm – 1 am, Friday – Saturday: 6 pm – 2 am, Sunday: 6 pm – 1 am
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Webster Hall Nightclub

7) Webster Hall Nightclub

Webster Hall is housed by a 123 years old building. Webster Hall features the world's best known names in music, six dance floors with unique character and blend of music, tarot readers, stilt-walkers, go-go girls, trapeze artists and fire breathers.

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Whether you are in New York for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best New York has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting New York's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the New York CityPASS, New York Pass, NY Sightseeing Pass, or New York City Explorer Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple NYC's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving your precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of New York hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: JW Marriott Essex House New York, Moderne Hotel, The Manhattan Club.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as New York, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of New York typically costs somewhere between US$30 and US$125 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of New York City in comfort listening in the headsets to prerecorded commentary in a variety of foreign languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the three interconnecting routes as often as you like. The tickets are valid for one, two, three, four or five days and can be upgraded to include a night tour as well.

- Hop a ferry from Manhattan to visit two of New York's most iconic sights - the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This 4-hour journey is an absolute must for those in the city for the first time as it allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of millions of migrants who reached this way the U.S shore up until the mid 1950s in pursuit of the American dream.

- Take the Wall Street tour created by a former investment banker and walk behind the scenes of something as quintessentially American as NYC financial district to see where billions of dollars change hands every day, making America what it is.

- Explore the home base of two of New York City’s most colorful ethnic communities that gave this fascinating metropolis much of its flavor. Embark on a guided tour of Little Italy and Chinatown to explore the popular restaurants and shops, discover the hidden gems and learn the stories surrounding these and other locations retold by an expert local guide.

- Spare a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon to pedal your way through the beautiful Central Park in NYC on a fun and educational bike tour to observe the park's most famous attractions, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the landmarks en route from a knowledgeable group leader.

- Take a big bite out of the Big Apple on a half-day food tour of Brooklyn, the newly-emerged culinary center of New York and the national food epicenter. Come and see where the dining trends of today's America are born out of the old ethnic traditions and dispersed further afield. Quench your appetite for a diverse and cutting edge food scene while touring one of New York City's coolest and tastiest boroughs.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in New York City, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Niagara Falls, Philadelphia and Lancaster County, or Hamptons on Long Island. For as little as circa US$170 to US$530 per person you will get a chance to discover the beauty and the awesome might of the roaring waterfall, take a daring boat ride behind its curtain, or drive through the beautiful countryside to the home of the Amish people known for their plain living and resistance to modern technologies, or enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of a big city in a quaint 300-year-old seaside village, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in New York City and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (or even boat, whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.