Alternative hotspots for the perfect night out in the city


New York City nightlife has a little bit of everything to offer, from speakeasies to gastropubs, but there are always new spots to discover. Instead of going to your usual haunt, switch things up and grab food or drinks somewhere new for a change.

Channel your inner hipster and head to Union Pool in Williamsburg where the sneaker of choice is Converse and the atmosphere is laidback. If you happen to get hungry, walk to the taco truck in the back, which has a faithful following and a four star rating on Yelp. Another Brooklyn go to spot is the Tea Lounge in Park Slope. A mix between Starbucks and someone’s living room, feel free to sit for hours on the plaid couches and try their long list of teas at pocket friendly prices. They also have live music ranging from local musicians to jazz ensembles during the week all for free.

If you haven’t tried the speakeasy trend, now’s your chance. With so many of them popping up, it’s hard to choose. Skip the long lines at Death + Co and make the trip to Angel’s Share in the East Village. This secret spot is hidden behind an unmarked door inside an unassuming Japanese restaurant. Once inside, enjoy their long list of specialty drinks or have the mixologist make you one according to your taste.

Just a neighborhood over, is April Bloomfield’s gastropub The Spotted Pig. It’s most famous for it’s flavorful hamburger, which was rated number three on the “15 epic New York burgers to eat before you die,” by The wait for a table may extend over 45 minutes but the burger alone is more than worth it.

Dance clubs are also making a comeback for 2013, making the trip to the Meat Packing District unnecessary. The EMM Group, known for hot spots such as Tenjune, has opened Finale downtown. Celebrities such as Bradley Cooper and Heidi Klum have already been spotted partying here and world class DJs spin into the wee hours. Williamsburg will also have its first major club that is currently in the works. “The club will have a main room with a capacity of 1,000 people, a second room with a 300-400 capacity, and a rooftop that will accommodate up to 700 people with views of the Manhattan skyline,” according to The Space franchise, known for its wild parties in Ibiza, is opening a long awaited location in New York later in the year.

A specific venue has not been chosen yet, but if it’s anything like the original, it will live up to the hype. In the meantime, check out some new places that may even become your favorites.