Let’s face it; New York City has it all; the food, parks, lounges, clubs, entertainment and the nightlife. In fact, there are over 1500 New York lounges. With so many, how do you know which one you should visit? Well it’s simply really. All you have to do is analyze 3 simple things.
1 – What exactly do you want?
The first thing you have to decide is what exactly you want. Lounges are usually a mix of dance clubs, bars and restaurants. If you just want to grab a couple of drinks with the boys, you need to visit a simple lounge. Now you have to decide your style.
Lounges can be retro, classy, modern, sophisticated or stylish. You will have to select a lounge based on your mood and company. If you want some good old cocktails or beers, any lounge will do, perhaps the Ginger Man on 36th street. However, if you want to drink the latest cocktails, you may have to visit a trendier (and more expensive) lounge. We suggest the 230 Fifth lounge on Fifth Avenue.
2 – What’s your Budget?
Your budget is the single most important thing when visiting New York lounges. If you are a modest spender looking for some decent New York nightlife, there are plenty of places that can cater to your needs. Last Exit Bar & Lounge on Atlantic Avenue is a good pick.
However, if you want the best of the best, there are a couple of dozen hot lounges and nightclubs that will make you rethink what lounges are. Try Top of the Standard on Washington Street or Provocateur on 9th avenue.
3 – Proximity
Another important factor is proximity. You don’t have to waste time and money travelling to the other side of New York just to visit a lounge. Why not use the internet and find some great nearby bars? That way, you can travel get back and forth quicker. This gives you more time to enjoy the fine New York lounges.
Then again, considering the affordable transit system (24-hour subway), you could travel to a top lounge with relative ease. However, it will take some time to get there. If you don’t have an issue with time, check out some great bars and lounges in any of the five boroughs.
With over 1500 New York lounges and an easy guide to them, it should be easier to make your choice. Remember, the internet is your best friend in New York. If you don’t know which lounge you should go to, take out your mobile and find some great lounges New York.
Frederick Kinzel is a freelance travel writer who likes nightlife and New York lounges.