Best Bar to Hear Dance Music (Without-Ostensibly-Dancing)
For exhausted club junkies seeking an electronica fix without the cover charge and unsolicited, ecstasy-fueled ass-grinding of an actual club. More...
Best After-Work Bar for Forgetting About Work
The Living Room
After 6 p.m., the midtown crowds swarm the seventh-floor bar to loosen their ties and splay out on cushy white couches. More...
Best Bar for a Covert Job Interview
The Villard Bar and Lounge
A Great Place for secret business meetings, romantic liaisons, and any other one-on-one gatherings that require extreme discretion... More...
Best Gay Bar for Meeting a Guy With $80,000 in M.F.A. Debt
Owned by the people behind the popular but mercifully unstylish Phoenix in the East Village... More...
Best Overdecorated Lesbian Bar
The sleek Wallpaper* aesthetic (now on the wane in New York bars?) clearly never had a chance at Cubby Hole. More...
Best Bar to Get Taken Hostage In
If you're going to have kerosene sprayed on you by a raving lunatic waving a gun... More...
Best Dive Bar for Conde Nasters
If Cameron Crowe really wanted to capture the life of a Conde Nast editor in Vanilla Sky, Tom Cruise would have been drinking at the long wooden bar at Jimmy's Corner... More...
Best Bar for Meeting a Fashion Photographer
A proper, plush lounge, with low black velvet couches, deep-pink pillows, and just enough Moroccan grillwork to keep it looking (luxe) hippie. More...
Best Post-College Bar in Park Slope
A spacious bar filled with thrift-store furniture where Park Slopers go to discuss postpunk music, poetry, Iraq, poetry in Iraq, etc... More...
Best Sloppy-Drunk Brunch Spot
Indulge your inner lush at this lofty Lower East Side restaurant whose all-weekend $12 brunch special includes unlimited mimosas, screwdrivers, or horseradish-heavy Bloody Marys. More...
Lower East Side
Best Dive Bar for Meeting a Celebrity
A lease battle may have forced Siberia to move from its subterranean home under the 50th Street IRT subway stop to an unmarked door on 40th Street near Ninth Avenue... More...
Best Bar to Meet a Celebrity's Assistant
No SoHo boutique hotel worth its location is complete without a sleek, subdued, dimly lit lounge where it's hard to tell who's more glamorous... More...
Best Bar for Dancing (Legally)
The bare-bones vibe of this mini-club in the meatpacking district is no deterrent to the clubby (but unpretentious) crowd that flocks here to dance... More...
Best Bar for Drinking Obscenely Priced Cocktails
The World Bar
Everything from the back-lit marble bar to the petrified-wood tables reeks of luxury (not to mention of Trump). More...
Best Pre- or Post-Theater Bar
An attractive after-work, pre-curtain set swarms the all-glass corner bar with its view of Times Square. More...
Best Bar for Seeing Wynton (or Clinton)
Sugar Hill Bistro
Twentysomethings clad in Sean John and fedoras-and their model-leggy companions-flock to this refurbished Victorian townhouse. More...
Best Bar for Shooting Pool (Uninterrupted)
Any true pool aficionado knows that finding a good spot to play in the city is nearly impossible.... More...
Best Eastern European Table-Dancing Mob Scene
Mehanata 416 B.C.
At Mehanata, every night is New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July and Bulgarian Independence Day (if such a holiday even exists). More...
Best Gay Bar That Feels Like a Club
Open the door to XL, the most recent nightlife offering from John Blair-the man behind gay-clubdom's big night at the Roxy-and you expect to find hordes of shirtless men dancing to thumping music. More...
Best Queens Bar for Would-be Brooklynites
This smokey (well, at least for now) Astoria hideaway is where Queens-based hipsters come to pretend they actually live near Smith Street. More...
Wildest (Classiest) Upper East Side Drinking Scene
At most bars, dancing on tables is generally reserved for New Year's Eve-or a Hilton sister's birthday-but at this Italian restaurant, it's a regular occurrence... More...
Upper East Side
Best Sports Bar You Can Bring Your Girlfriend To
Leave the arcades and beer bellies to the ESPN Zone. More...
Best Gay Bar You Can Bring Your Straight Friends To
Starlight Bar & Lounge
If the Gaiety strip club proves a little too much for that first outing, turn to Starlight, a funky mix of Chelsea boys and East Village artistes... More...
Best Bar for Being (or Meeting) an Artist
Who says getting your buzz on at a gallery has to involve a plastic cup of tepid Pinot Grigio? More...