New York City Nightlife

The nightlife in New York City is second to none. Encompassing jazz bars, nightclubs, lounges, comedy clubs and live shows, there's literally something happening around every corner. The Village, Broadway, Bowery and Madison Square Garden are just a few of the best destinations for evening entertainment in New York.

As the hub of the jazz world, New York is home to venues such as 55 Bar and Arthur's Tavern. Jazz tours from the Village to Harlem are also an option, with a stop at the legendary Apollo Theatre. As the launching pad of comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, New York has many comedy shows; catch these at the New York Comedy Club or the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. There are always Broadway shows to be seen: try the Palace or O'Neill theatres for the latest.

Broadway shows are expensive - about $150 per ticket for blockbusters. Hence the popularity of the TKTS discount ticket booth at Times Square. It opens every day at 11am, but the queue forms well before this. You can pick up last-minute tickets for less than half of the regular price, depending on what's available. For the super-flexible theatre goer, visit the booth around 5pm when there is seldom a queue and last minute prices have dropped even further.

Nightclubs come and go quickly in New York City, as the fickle population becomes enamoured with the newest venue, but you can always be assured that whatever you want, New York will have plenty of it. 13 Bar/Lounge is a lounge and nightclub offering live music and poetry readings; Aria dance club features Latin, rock and hip hop; and the Bowery Ballroom is an Art Deco-style venue with alternative and indie rock. The Oak Room offers superb cabaret and the People's Voice Café features live folk music. World-class performance venues are a dime a dozen in a city that boasts Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall, and you can take your pick of ballet, opera, symphony orchestras, or chamber music.

For up-to-date events information for New York City, pick up a copy of the Village Voice or Time Out New York.

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