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Cafe Standard

This colourful, leafy café and bar is open all day and into the wee hours of the night. A gorgeous spot for an al fresco date night thanks to its plaza that opens up in the summertime, the East Village Standard Hotel’s quirky bar is also a key location to know about when on the prowl for snacks to pair with your late-night drinks. We love the butternut squash and parmesan arancini, the crispy calamari, and, if you’re feeling particularly peckish, the Standard burger is always a winner.

Dear Irving

This spot is so stunning it might just make you forget about your plans to go clubbing later on. Sink into a cushy velvet armchair in one of the lavish rooms decked out with massive gilt-framed mirrors and heavy ruby red curtains and slowly sip on a julep while the gentle, old-style soundtrack lulls you into a state of utter serenity.

Employees Only

The West Village, and New York in general, has a pretty good population of speakeasy-style late-night bars (Little Branch, The Garret, Bar and Books, etc.) but unlike many, Employee’s Only has never lost its popularity.

It’s an excellent choice if you’re looking to continue your night after dinner, and if you’re willing to splurge on more food, you can secure yourself a cosy table at the back. Designed to emulate a vintage railroad bar, everything about Employee’s Only gives off an air of golden-age glamour (even the bartenders look like they’ve travelled in time). If you’re feeling particularly brave, book a reading with the tarot card reader in the entryway alcove.

Paul's Cocktail Lounge

Nothing good ever came easy, so they tell us, and getting into Paul’s Cocktail Lounge (formerly known as Paul’s Baby Grand) is a perfect example. Don’t even think about coming in a huge group or during peak hours on the weekend: your best bet is to show up with a couple of friends during the week after dinner. That said, you’ll be glad you played by these rules. Nights at Paul’s never disappoint. The crowd-pleaser tunes, classic cocktails and speakeasy-style interior always make for an amazing, sometimes blurry night. And with a regular clientele of beautiful Europeans, you’ll be in great company. Need to know: Keep your group below five people and aim to come around midnight during the week. If the doorman tells you it’s a private party, that’s your queue to negotiate a table.

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  • 2 Avenue of the Americas
    New York
    10013

Miss Lily's 7A

Miss Lily’s has long been a beloved New York institution. For years, the place has been bursting to the seams on Friday nights with hordes of diners downing pitchers of cocktails and jerk chicken before hitting the town. It’s no wonder that Miss Lily’s expanded with a new East Village location. With a slightly larger space, and a DJ spinning beats right next to the bar as you enter, we prefer 7A as an ideal spot for cocktails post-dinner or light bites before getting your party on. Expect some serious hip-hop throwbacks and a whole lot of shots.

ACME

ACME has got to be one of New York’s most legendary locales for a wild night of dancing and becoming BFFs with strangers. The music is like no other – a lively blend of 60s classics (‘Heat Wave’, anyone?) and funky hip-hop tunes you’ll be humming for days will have even the toughest critic twirling across the room. The ultra cool crowd is made up of fun-loving regulars and chic jetsetters, and the next-day stories you’ll have of dressing up in feather boas on a Tuesday night and taking shots with Mary-Kate Olsen are priceless.

The Blond

Undoubtedly home to the largest European-supermodel-per-capita population in NYC, this is the place to whip out your highest heels and coolest wide-leg trousers (if only to avoid competing with the surrounding matchstick-thin legs clad in ripped skinny jeans). Gossip with your gal pals over cocktails at the super-sleek, bronze-toned bar before hopping onto the dance floor to groove to amazing remixes you won’t be able to avoid Shazamming. The space’s sexiness is only amplified on your way out – don’t miss the neon ceiling art of a nude blonde floating on a cloud, a staple in any worthy New Yorker’s photo collection. Tend to feel a little sleepy after an evening out? Book a room at 11 Howard, the hotel that houses the bar, for a nonexistent commute home and a sumptuous end to the night.

Tijuana Picnic

Tico’s Tequila Bar, under Mexican food hot spot Tijuana Picnic, has quickly become renowned for its bright ‘One tequila, two tequila, three tequillaaa… Floor!!!’ sign above the staircase leading down to it. The space is great for jamming out to your favourite Latin tunes while simultaneously juggling multiple mezcal-infused tipples. Punchy décor provides the perfect ambience for inhaling lobster tostadas and mushroom and goat’s cheese tacos come drunk food hour.

Bathtub Gin

This seductive speakeasy knows what it does best, and isn’t shy to tout it: with an extensive list of gin-heavy ‘daisies, fizzes and revivers’, you won’t go thirsty (or sober) here. Delve into Prohibition-age mischief and dance the night away as you attempt to try everything on the menu. And if you get carried away? You might just end up in the club’s copper bathtub at the centre of the dance floor by the end of the night.

Beauty & Essex

Wade through a funky pawnshop stocked with rainbow-hued guitars and vintage jewelry before arriving at the foot of a two-story staircase spiraling around a massive chandelier. From here, the options are endless: two bars, a sultry lounge and four dining rooms provide a warm, beautiful backdrop for a swanky evening. Trust us, once you’re cozied up in a plush armchair (in the most ideal lighting, might we add), you’ll never want to leave.

The Modern

The latest trend in New York appears to be food and drinks with a side of art. From Untitled at The Whitney, to Flora Bar at the Met Breuer, the high-end restaurants and bars at major New York museums have become more of a destination than the museums themselves. The Modern at MoMA is perhaps the most famous in this growing niche, given that it’s received two Michelin stars and four James Beard Awards. Rather than blow your bank account in one sitting, we recommend a happy compromise at The Modern’s 24-seat marble-top bar. It’s one of the classiest places to enjoy a mean martini, not in the least because of your proximity to one of the world’s greatest collections of modern art.

Paul's Casablanca

For years, Paul’s Baby Grand in Tribeca was, and arguably still is, considered one of the best nightclubs in New York City. Owner Paul Sevigny – brother of Chloe – must have the Midas touch, because his latest venture, Paul’s Casablanca, is just as hot. Housed in a Moroccan-themed space where Sevigny used to host parties over a decade ago, Casablanca has all the key elements that made Baby Grand so popular: an intimate setting (a far cry from the multi-story hellscapes of most nightclubs), an incredibly tight door policy (it’s easier to get into Berghain), and a crowd-pleasing playlist that unapologetically mixes golden oldies with Top-40 (it’s cooler than it sounds, we promise). If you can make it past the front door, you’re in for a great – and pretty expensive – night.

Cafe Standard

Dear Irving

Employees Only

Paul's Cocktail Lounge

Miss Lily's 7A

ACME

The Blond

Tijuana Picnic

Bathtub Gin

Beauty and Essex

The Modern

Paul's Casablanca

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