Manhattan’s Upper East Side is one of the most in-demand neighborhoods in New York. Like similar NYC neighborhoods, it features a host of exciting nightlife options waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a cocktail aficionado, a late-night dancer, or just enjoy a good beer, Upper East Side is a paradise for nightlife lovers. Let’s explore some of the diverse options Upper East Side has to offer!
It is no surprise that a swanky neighborhood comes with posh and creative bars, some incorporating famous artwork. Others leave the art to resident mixologists and bartenders.
The swanky Bar Pleiades — situated within the Surrey Hotel on 76th St.— is the vision of renowned Chef Daniel Boulud and designer Lauren Rottet. The bar occupies the site of an former French restaurant of the same name famous for hosting the intellectual and artistic elite of New York during the late-20th century. Bar Pleiades boasts a constantly rotating galaxy of cocktails and, live jazz, and bar fare.
Bemelmans Bar is similarly high-end with an artistic flair. While pricey drinks and a cover charge may deter some from attending, it is hard to resist the big draw of this piano bar — original murals done by “Madeline”children’s writer and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. Resident bartender and mixologist Brian Van Flandern creates cocktails to match the cool charm of this muraled bar on 76th St.
Situated on 85th St., Bondurants is a whiskey bar to be reckoned with, maintaining a selection of over 130 bottles of whiskey, including rare and hard-to-find selections. The atmosphere is sophisticated but laid-back, with stealthily hidden TVs, a rustic-hip tin roof, and creative bar food selections.
While the Upper East Side does not flaunt large stadiums or high-quantity music venues, it does provide a cozier, more refined music, dance, and performance experience
Located on the same 76th St. stretch of Madison Ave. as Bemelmans and Pleiades, Café Carlyle is a Manhattan cabaret mainstay with a jazz flair. Café Carlyle opened in 1955, and its list of headliners reads like a who’s-who of Manhattan cabaret and music culture: Debbie Harry, Woody Allen, Judy Collins, Alan Cumming, and more. Like Bemelmans and Bondurants, Café Carlyle also features famous murals to gaze at while imbibing. This time created by French artist Marcel Vertes, former head of art direction for France’s famed Moulin Rouge cabaret.
Lexington Bar and Books:
Looking for one of “the most refreshingly civilized places to meet?” That’s how whiskey and cigar spot Lexington Bar and Books bills itself. Located on Lexington Ave. in the heart of Upper East Side, this low-key lounge has sister establishments in Prague and Warsaw. A global selection of cigars compliments a huge whiskey selection, Bar and Books is also a fine place to catch live jazz, or simply converse into the early hours of the morning over a cigar and a glass of whiskey.
Sugar East is a bit of an anomoly in the modern city — it’s throwback speakeasy vibe extends an open arm to smokers in a dimly lit environment. Don’t let this put you off, however. As the New York Times has noted, Sugar East maintains a state-of-the-art air filtration system to cater to the non-smoking clientele. Located on 62nd St. and First Ave., Sugar East stands at the gateway to Upper East Side, making it highly accesible. Catch a rotating cast of DJs here on Thursdays and on the weekends while enjoying signature drinks by resident bartender Jeremy Strawn. Strawn, a died-in-the-wool mixologist who plied his trade at various Manhattan Bars before landing at Sugar East where he serves signature cocktails like “The Coconut.”
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