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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; av­


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 by the bar’s name­sake. 35 E. 76th St., 212-7441600; rose­wood­ho­


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 Cin­ema So­ci­ety. 11 Howard St., 212-235-1111;


This West Vil­lage speakeasy was pol­ished up be­fore re­open­ing, and the new gas­tro-chic sur­round­ings get |a menu to match from chef Vic­to­ria Blamey. Did New York City need an­other $25 burger? Or­di­nar­ily, we’d say no, but af­ter try­ing Blamey’s mas­ter­piece (topped with bone mar­row and served with twice­blanched french fries), the an­swer is a re­sound­ing yes. 86 Bed­ford St., 212-675-2081; chum­


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 su­per­chic Flat­iron crowd. IN­SIDER TIP: Make a reser­va­tion be­fore or af­ter cocktails at chef Ja­son Ather­ton’s Bri­tish restau­rant in­side the ho­tel and take in the pho­tog­ra­phy-cov­ered ma­hogany walls. 5 Madi­son Ave., 212-413-4300; the­clock­tow­


Turn­ing the cor­ner on its 10th 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, and there are just enough de­li­cious snacks on the menu to keep you lin­ger­ing all night long. 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., 212-3880882; deathand­com­


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; streg­is­


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;


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; stan­dard­ho­


This trendy down­town restau­rant 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 in the down­stairs lounge. 199 Bow­ery, 212-400-0199; van­dal­

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