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Founded in 1961, the Bitter End is New York's oldest rock club. There is no food served here, so you do not have to worry about the sounds of tinkling glasses and quaking crockery distracting the likes of Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan. Over the years, a number of big name comedians have performed here as well, including Woody Allen, George Carlin and Joan Rivers. A brick wall forms the backdrop for all these acts, including many you may not have heard about.
This three-story club and lounge attracts the most hip and happening crowds in New York and is a great venue to host theme parties. There is a DJ most nights, playing fast and peppy songs to get the crowd grooving. The lounge on the first floor has a relaxed atmosphere and sleek wooden decor. The rooftop bar is the perfect place to enjoy the LES breeze and unwind after a hard day at work. The basement space hosts live band performances, and is frequented by 20-something music aficionados. It's definitely a great place to socialize and enjoy a drink with friends.
Village Underground in New York is probably one of the best places to catch the foremost names of the city's live music scene. The bands that play here usually play much larger venues, but the smaller space here simply intensifies the effect of the great music. Well-known celebrities like Mariah Carey and Stevie Wonder have been known to drop in here regularly and Bob Dylan used to play here back in the sixties. Village Underground also hosts open-mic nights and comedy performances at its sub-venue, the Comedy Cellar. Drop in for a memorable musical night.
Le Bain is popular both amongst regular party-goers as well as celebrities, with its unique interior design making lounging both luxurious and fun. Le Bain, which translates to "bath" in French, is also popularly known for the plunge pool located on the dance floor during the summertime. Although extremely exclusive and often requiring invites to get in, those who manage to enter are rewarded with a beautiful view of the city from the rooftop and excellent service from professional bartenders mixing up great cocktails and concoctions.
As its name implies, Top of the Standard is located on the top level of the Standard Hotel in the West Village. The central lure of this lounge is its unmatched 360 degree views of New York and New Jersey, enchanting views that impress even born and raised New Yorkers. This lounge features live music, as well as a dance floor with a DJ. Order up a round of signature cocktails as your stare out onto the Empire State Building and surrounding landmarks — views just don't get much better than this.
1OAK is short for "1 of a kind." And 1OAK does not fail to live up to its name. 1OAK's goal is to provide everyone with sophisticated services, art, food and drink while also creating an atmosphere where anyone feels comfortable. Regardless of who you are and your background, 1OAK makes sure all visitors have the night of their life.
This upscale sports bar-styled nightclub offers patrons a classy place to enjoy the finer things in life, most notably cigars, drinks and sports. Comfortable leather couches, large high definition screens and a selection of sports memorabilia give the 40/40 Club an inviting environment. For the true sports fan, keep an ear to the bar to find out about exclusive events like signings and personal appearances by the creme de la creme of the sports world, including Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Canseco.
This spacious, chic nightclub and bar caters to the stylish elite of New York, and the decor more than matches the crowd. Dance the night away under a sparkling chandelier, and go up the double staircase to explore the more intimate lounges. The energy levels are high, and the music flows generously, just like the drinks. Suave and inviting, this is one happening bar. Filled to the brim with models, dress to impress.