Have you always assumed the swanky nightlife scene of New York City was a mere fabrication made by movies and the media? Do you assume the rich and attractive don’t frequent NYC nightclubs? If your answers are “yes,” then you clearly aren’t looking in the right places. New York City’s finest and most fabulous are partying every night of the week – but only at the most exclusive and elaborate spots that Manhattan has to offer. If you are a PYT (pretty young thing) looking for a Wall Street lothario, or vice versa, then these 10 NYC hotspots are the place to find what you are looking for according to ClubPlanet.
1 Oak: Located in the Meatpacking District, 1 Oak attracts a distinct crowd – namely, one that is made up of models, fashionistas, and bankers, according to nightlife website, ClubPlanet.com. The tough door policy ensures that 1 Oak never gets unbearably crowded, making it easier for guests to sip and socialize without constantly being bumped into.
Rose Bar: The Spanish ambiance of Rose Bar will certainly help any señor seduce a sexy señorita. Located inside of the Gramercy Hotel, this New York City spot is ultra-exclusive – reservations are required after 9 p.m. and preference is made to hotel guests. If you do make it through the doors, then you will be greeted with sophisticated stylings courtesy of owner Ian Schrager and artist Julian Schnabel. Paintings by Schnabel and Andy Warhol adorn the walls in order to delight the eyes of the Rose Bar’s stylish and young professional crowd.
The Gates: This west-side lounge defines super elitist; 125 members of New York City’s best are awarded keys (which double as a pen or bracelet). These keys allow The Gates’ official members to use a computer program to add five to 10 new members, who can then bring guests. This complicated hierarchy is only enhanced by the golden swipe card handed out to members; each swipe gives the holder a chance to earn back money or generate charity donations. If you are lucky enough to get past the gatekeepers (would the doormen be called anything else?), then be ready to hobnob with New York City’s nightlife elite.
The Eldridge: Owner Matt Levine describes his new Lower East Side establishment as “hipster meets VOGUE.” ClubPlanet calls The Eldridge a “chic secret” that only the likes of Gisele-doppelgangers will ever experience. If you meet any of the above criteria, or are considered a friend or family by Levine, then The Eldridge welcomes you! Beyond the bookstore-esque exterior lays bottles served with chocolates, butlers creating $32 concoctions, and many other off the beaten path concepts adopted by Levine.
Cipriani Upstairs: Cipriani is a Manhattan institution – no argument there. However, their hip downtown location defies their elite reputation by offering an even more-exclusive upstairs lounge dubbed Cipriani Upstairs. A reservation won’t do you any good for this ultra-elite spot; guests can only enter upon recommendation. If a date offers to take you to Cipriani Upstairs, take that as a major hint that he or she is part of Manhattan’s privileged.
Hudson Terrace: “Uncompromised artistry” – that’s what Hudson Terrace offers its lavish patrons according to ClubPlanet. New York Magazine calls this new Midtown West rooftop lounge “Miami on the Hudson.” Think all of these compliments are a bit much? Well, until you experience Hudson Terrace’s unparalleled view of the Hudson River, you won’t understand the accolades. Hudson Terrace provides a romantic and opulent setting for a sunset toast or a suave night out in NYC.
Tenjune: Even after a few years of existence, Tenjune is still serving up one of the toughest doors in New York City. Catering to lots of celebrities and Wall Street men who dine at STK, this Meatpacking District nightclub is a top-5 “It” nightclub, according to ClubPlanet. Bottle service may be your only way in, but once you drop down the dough, prepare your self for a bevy of young beauties and deep-pocketed bankers.
Pink Elephant: Defined by its Cristal-popping, young, beautiful crowd, Pink Elephant is a New York City nightlife hotspot. Its Chelsea locals attracts NYC’s A-List and Hollywood’s finest, and ClubPlanet says “it oozes elegance and panache.”
Gansevoort Hotel: Don’t just chalk the Gansevoort up as another Meatpacking District nightlife spot. This ultra-elite, super sophisticated hotel offers a lot to New York City’s finest party-goers. An exclusive rooftop pool (available only to hotel guests), and the always busy Plunge Bar are just two of the amazing amenities that the Gansevoort supplies nightlife gurus.
230 5th: Not only is 230 5th the largest rooftop garden bar in the city, it’s also one of the most popular, constantly drawing crowds that line up around the block. However, if you happen to be a Goldman Sachs employee or a beautiful trendy girl, then you will surely be able to cruise the line of this Flatiron District nightlife haven. Enjoy amazing views of Manhattan while you meet some of New York City’s hottest nightlife fans.
If you want to meet Manhattan’s most beautiful, or fraternize with the city’s elite, then these 10 nightlife spots are your go-to destinations. It helps if you know people, or people who know people – but if you’ve got cash to burn or legs for days, you may be in luck.