4 Types of Nightlife in New York

New York is known for its nightlife, and millions of visitors flock to this nocturnal wonderland to stay up all night and party till the break of day. The best part of the City That Never Sleeps is that there are plenty of nighttime activities for everyone.

Even if you’re the type of person who enjoys a mocktail more than a cocktail, you’ll still find plenty of after-dark entertainment.

Comedy Clubs

You can’t deny it: New Yorkers are natural-born comedians. Luckily, they share their gifts with visitors and locals alike at the many comedy clubs in the city.

Comedy Cellar

One of the most popular comedy clubs in New York, the Comedy Cellar has a full lineup of well-known comedians and newbies alike. Famed comedian Jim Gaffigan got his start here, and you can often find other famous comedians trying out new material during open mike nights.

Upright Citizens’ Brigade (UCB)

Started by celebrity comedians such as Amy Poehler, UCB is known for churning out stars. “Saturday Night Live” often plucks its newbies directly from UCB. Even Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, creators of “Broad City,” met in a UCB class.

Carolines on Broadway

Carolines on Broadway is a right of passage for comedians in New York City. Most comedians know they’ve “made it” when they land a gig at Carolines. You can check out up-and-coming comedians here as well as a full lineup of famous belly busters.

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Sporting Events

Winter, spring, summer and fall, you couldn’t escape sporting events in the Big Apple – even if you wanted to. Some of the most famous sports around the city include baseball, hockey and basketball.


Baseball is as much of the culture of New York as pizza and skyscrapers. The two major teams in the city are the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. If you want to save a little cash, you could head to Staten Island to see the New York Yankees’ minor league team, the Staten Island Yankees.


Although maybe not as famous as the baseball teams, the New York hockey teams are also a huge draw. You can check out a Rangers match at Madison Square Garden or a New York Islanders match at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island.


Both the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets are based within the five boroughs. Famous fans of the Knicks include Spike Lee and Jack Nicholson (whom you can often spy courtside at the games at Madison Square Garden). Jay-Z used to be a co-owner of the Nets, who play at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn.

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Bars and Nightclubs

There are thousands of bars and nightclubs in New York. In fact, you could walk the entire length of Manhattan and never spy a dry block. Some of the most popular spots for nighttime fun include wine bars, night clubs and speakeasies.

8th Street Wine Cellar

If you enjoy drinking a fine vintage in a dark (yet swanky) basement more than heading out for a long night of dancing, the 8th Street Wine Cellar is for you. This hidden Greenwich Village gem has an extensive wine list and some of the best happy hour specials in the New York City wine world.

The Marquis

If you’re in New York for one reason and one reason only (to party), you need to head to the Marquis during your trip. One of the oldest continually running nightclubs in the city, the Marquis is still known for booking some of the best DJs in techno.

The 21 Club

The oldest speakeasy in New York City, the 21 Club still retains the glitz and glitter of its glory days. Although libations are no longer illegal here, you can still get a glimpse into how prohibition actually increased the consumption of alcohol in New York.

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Jazz Clubs

Jazz is nearly just as big of a tourist attraction in New York as Broadway shows. You can just as easily see a famous soloist in this city as you would an up-and-coming jazz ensemble. Whether you’re into iconic musicians or underground clubs, there’s a hot ticket for you here in the Big Apple.

The Blue Note

One of the most popular spots for live jazz, the Blue Note hosts celebrities, tribute bands and everything in between. If you can’t get enough jazz, you could even pull a double header here; come out for their Saturday night lineup before returning on Sunday morning to hair the dog with a boozy, jazzy brunch.

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s motto is, “Entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy.” This is exactly what they do here.

Not only can you snag tickets for a live performance, featuring some of the hottest names in contemporary jazz, but you can also take part in live jazz yourself. The center hosts workshops, such as Jazz 101 – the Building Blocks of Jazz, on select evenings.

Headliners include Evan Sherman, the James Morrison Quartet, Lynda Carter and Noah Halpern.

Arthur’s Tavern

Arthur’s Tavern might feel like an underground club, but some of the biggest names in jazz have blown horns and tickled ivories here–including Charlie Parker and Roy Hargrove. These days, you can catch nearly any type of jazz music at Arthurs, from Dixieland to blues to contemporary.

If you want to participate in a live show, head next door to Marie’s Crisis Cafe to sing some karaoke, backed up by a live band.

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