Things to do at night in New York

New York for night-owls

New York is the ultimate destination at night time. With the twinkling lights of Times Square, fun Broadway shows and an endless selection of bars and clubs, New York is number one for night-owls.

  1. Enjoy the lights of Times Square
  2. Head to Greenwich Village
  3. Marvel at twinkling views of New York City
  4. Make the most of New York’s fantastic music scene
  5. Head to a trendy hotel bar
  6. Have a dance in New York City
  7. Enjoy a Broadway show!

Take a look at our fantastic New York holidays and be transported to the City That Never Sleeps in an instant. You’ll never be stuck for what to do in New York at night. Head to bars with sprawling views of the city and enjoy a show or two in one of the most creative cities in the world.

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1. Enjoy the lights of Times Square

Times Square is full of smart office buildings, skyscrapers, hotels, stores, restaurants, and other attractions that appeal to New Yorkers and tourists. Broadway from 47th to 42nd streets is now entirely pedestrianized so it makes wandering around much easier. Come here at night to see the whole square lit up with dazzling lights and to really get a feel of the neon city - it’s one of the best things to do in New York City at night.

Best for: The most iconic New York attraction

Don’t forget: If you’re in New York for New Year’s Eve, this is the place to be for evening celebrations.

2. Head to Greenwich Village

‘The Village,’ as Greenwich Village is usually called, has been separate, casual, and very different from the rest of the city ever since its beginnings. In colonial times it really was a distinct village called Greenwich, which became a neighborhood of conservative Georgian brick houses and carriage barns in back alley mews. A few of these houses remain, mostly on Bedford Street and the streets around it, but conservative the Village isn’t. It got its bohemian reputation after World War I, when artists and writers moved here for the area’s cheap lodgings, inexpensive restaurants and speakeasies. Bleecker Street with its craft and curio shops, antique stores, cafés, and tiny restaurants has long been the main shopping strip of the neighborhood.

Best for: Vibrant neighbourhood

Don’t forget: The area is well-known for its thriving LGBTQ scene too.

3. Marvel at twinkling views of New York City

For dazzling views of New York head to the Top of the Rock bar. It offers visitors an unparalleled and unobstructed 360- degree view of the city from the 70th floor. The elevator to the top features a transparent ceiling so that visitors can view their rapid ascent all the way up the elevator chute. A light show and projected images add to the fun of the ride.

Best for: New York views

Don’t forget: The Promenade in Brooklyn is an esplanade with impressive views.

4. Make the most of New York’s fantastic music scene

New York offers every kind of music style imaginable, from opera and classical music to jazz, pop, blues, country, world, and reggae. Admission to many concerts is free. But New York is perhaps known as the centre of world jazz. Listen to Jazz at Iridium , the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, or Birdland. Some other places where you can hear good music while you drink and/or dine include the Metropolitan Room and Joe’s Pub.

Best for: Music fans

Don’t forget: Another great spot for some live music is Café Carlyle.

5. Head to a trendy hotel bar

Hotel bars can be pretty swanky in New York. You will find popular ones at the Shoreham, Mansfield, Baccarat, and Standard hotels. The lobby bars at the Royalton and Four Seasons hotels are fashionable places to meet. Monkey Bar at the Hotel Elysée and the Paramount Bar & Grill in the Paramount Hotel are old standbys. Have a Cosmopolitan or two at one of these joints and really feel like Carrie Bradshaw!

Best for: Trendy drinking spots

Don’t forget: The East Village is also home to a good range of bars such as Von.

6. Have a dance in New York City

The thing to keep in mind about dance clubs in New York is that clubs can be quite different depending on when and where you go. Among the hundreds of ever-changing venues (and themes), you might consider trendy Marquee or house (Cielo. There is also always the megaclub Webster Hall to have a boogie in.

Best for: Party travellers

Don’t forget: The Lavo Nightclub is also a fantastic club in NYC.

7. Enjoy a Broadway show!

One of the most popular activities for visitors is to take in a Broadway or off- Broadway show. Broadway theaters are concentrated in the Times Square area, but smaller off-Broadway houses are located all over town. Tickets for current hits must be booked ahead, sometimes months ahead. Curtain times are generally 8pm for evening performances. Be prepared for a shock; the top shows charge over $100 for their best seats. Heading to a Broadway show is definitely one of the most rewarding things to do in New York at night.

Best for: Theatre fans

Don’t forget: American theatres often do not follow the lead of other countries by charging much less for the less desirable seats.

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