NIGHTLIFE

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AV­ENUE

A prom­i­nent stop on the nightlife cir­cuit, Av­enue at­tracts celebs and scen­esters with a sexy set­ting that com­bines over-the-top glam­our (think tufted black-leather ban­quettes and elec­tric can­de­labras) with masculine wood wain­scot­ing. 116 10th Ave., 212-337-0054; av­enue-newyork.com

BEMELMANS BAR

This swanky Up­per East Side spot within the Car­lyle Ho­tel fea­tures jazz bands and singers through­out the week (in­clud­ing Woody Allen on the clar­inet!); clas­sic cock­tails mixed with pro polish; and orig­i­nal Made­line wall­pa­per il­lus­tra­tions. 35 E. 76th St., 212-744-1600; rose­wood­ho­tels.com

THE BLOND

With sub­tle gold and bronze ac­cents that glint al­lur­ingly in the low light, this glamorous spot in Aby Rosen’s 11 Howard ho­tel quickly emerged last year as the choice for pri­vate events by the likes of Jimmy Choo and the Film So­ci­ety. 11 Howard St., 212-235-

THE CLOCKTOWER

Housed in­side the Edi­tion Ho­tel, the 24k-gold-leaf bar on the sec­ond floor sets the stage for a per­fectly cu­rated craft-cock­tail menu. The cut-crys­tal bar­ware glim­mers along­side a su­per chic Flat­iron crowd. IN­SIDER TIP: Make a reser­va­tion be­fore or af­ter cock­tails at chef Ja­son Ather­ton’s Bri­tish-fare restau­rant in­side the ho­tel and stare at the pho­tog­ra­phy-cov­ered ma­hogany walls. 5 Madi­son Ave., 212-413-4300; the­clock­tow­ernyc.com

DEATH & CO.

Turn­ing the cor­ner on its tenth birth­day, this quiet, darkly lit lounge has grad­u­ated from cool new­comer to stan­dard-bearer of the New York cock­tail re­nais­sance. The ex­pert bar­tenders serve up some of the most exquisitely crafted drinks in the city. IN­SIDER TIP: Let the bar­keeps sug­gest a tip­ple from the ex­ten­sive menu based on your pref­er­ences— they won’t steer you wrong. 433 E. Sixth St., 212-388-0882; deathand­com­pany.com

KING COLE BAR

A leg­end of New York’s high so­ci­ety king­pins, the King Cole Bar within the St. Regis ho­tel of­fers guests lux­ury din­ing and cock­tails. We rec­om­mend the Bloody Mary, or “Red Snap­per”— af­ter all, the bar in­vented this brunch main­stay in the 1930s. 2 E. 55th St., 212-339-6857; streg­is­newyork.com

THE STAN­DARD HO­TEL

This Meat­pack­ing Dis­trict gamechanger has not one but two nightlife des­ti­na­tions, both with semi-haughty gate­keep­ers at the door. Le Bain is the rooftop bar and club, and the Top of the Stan­dard (for­merly the Boom Boom Room) is the gold-dusted lounge that spe­cial­izes in beau­ti­fully bal­anced retro and mod­ern cock­tails in a set­ting that likes its glam with a side of glitz. IN­SIDER TIP: The Top of the Stan­dard closes to the pub­lic at 9 PM each night (or mid­night, from Sun­day through Tues­day), but even early-evening rev­el­ers should book in ad­vance to get a ta­ble with views of lower Man­hat­tan and One World Trade Cen­ter. 848 Wash­ing­ton St., 212-645-7600; stan­dard­ho­tels.com

SQUARES

Just east of Madi­son Square Park, far away from the din of the nightlife dis­trict, Squares takes a cheeky ap­proach to the idea of old so­ci­ety clubs. Tra­di­tional dé­cor, such as stag heads and tro­phies, are flat­tened and pix­e­lated like a throw­back Nin­tendo game, and even the cock­tail bites have been cut into, well, squares. 360 Park Ave. South, 212-481-0187; squaresny.com

VANDAL

This trendy down­town resto pairs street art with street food in an el­e­vated set­ting. The tapas-style menu keeps the place buzzy and fun; din­ers snack on New York hot pret­zel steak tartare, banh mi slid­ers, and chicken katsu and waf­fles while tak­ing in eye-pop­ping mu­rals by street artists Hush, Shep­ard Fairey, and Tris­tan Ea­ton. Din­ers can get into mis­chief of their own at the down­stairs lounge. 199 Bow­ery, 212-400-0199; van­dal­newyork.com

The own­ers of Mimi did stints at some of the world’s most fa­mous restau­rants— Noma, Per Se—be­fore open­ing their in­trigu­ingly in­ti­mate and in­no­va­tive French bistro. Ƭơƨưƨ: The blood or­ange Ne­groni at Mimi.

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