Though it might not be the first neighborhood that comes to mind when deciding where to party on a Friday night, Midtown West can hold its own. Home to some of the city’s most popular bars, head out for a wild night at one of the exclusive clubs or keep it tame at a more low-key joint.
Designed to feel like the apres-ski scene at a lavish mountain resort, Maple is the perfect place to warm up with killer cocktails like the Ginger Rogers.
2. Hudson Terrace
For an escape to the opposite climate, the sexy rooftop lounge at Hudson Terrace during summer months feels like you’re at a posh Miami hotel.
3. The Breslin
If being surrounded by scantily clad girls and blaring techno doesn’t appeal to you, grab drinks at The Breslin. Chic and lively but not too over-the-top, you can order unusual cocktails like the Pablo Honey or Trampin’.
At game time head to Stout, a quintessential sports bar with three levels (so you and your buddies won’t feel packed like sardines), 36 big-screen TVs, and over 200 beers.
5. Frying Pan
On those first warm days of spring, nothing beats day drinking at the Frying Pan. This outdoor bar sits on a barge along the Hudson so you can booze in the sun while enjoying awesome views of the river.
For a slightly more sophisticated evening, check out Birdland where you can grab dinner and drinks while listening to exceptional live jazz.