Music & Nightlife

Your guide to the best nightclubs, gay clubs, after-parties, live concerts, comedy clubs, DJs, dance parties, bands and music events in New York City

Best NYC music & nightlife: Critics' picks


  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

You’d never guess from the Heidi Montag wanna-bes hanging out in the neighborhood that the attitude at this club is close to zero, at least once you get past the bouncers guarding the door. On the

  1. 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
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Berry Park

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This bi-level behemoth beer hall has a 3,500-square-foot ground floor and a roof deck almost as large. Brooklyn boosters may be disappointed to find that the 15 taps are dedicated to imports (mostly

  1. 4 Berry St, at North 14th St
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Delicate Steve + Dustin Wong + Deradoorian

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Delicate Steve, a project spearheaded by New Jersey home-recorder Steve Marion, churns out charming, mostly wordless tunes that can feel like the psychedelic equivalent of soft rock—mellow but also

  1. Baby's All Right 146 Broadway, at Bedford Ave, 11211
  2. Sun Apr 20
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Museum of the City of New York

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

RECOMMENDED: Museum of the City of New York Located at the northern end of Museum Mile, this institution contains a wealth of city history and includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, military

  1. 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
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