For those bookishly inclined to conduct full-on reconnaissance and research prior to a casual evening out in NYC—this one’s for you. Or, perhaps you’re just a closet enthusiast for the world’s most vibrant nocturnal landscape—whatever the draw, there’s a plethora of quality literature detailing the bright lights and boozy haunts of NYC.
Any familiar with the unforgivably mundane process of true research knows the quintessential rule to success: cast a wide net. Whether it’s through a smattering of anecdotes, or succinct factual compilations—a true smorgasbord is the key to successfully familiarizing yourself with the subject matter.
The quest towards night life mastery is arduous; here are 5 tomes that can aid the process!
Frommer's is a proverbial power house in the travel guide industry. Anything bearing their stamp of approval carries the connotation of quality synonymous with the brand. Bottom line: Frommer's is going to deliver the goods—cut and dry.
The maestros and official authoritarians on food, quality, and ambiance, Zagat are the definitive judicators of the modern era. Like Frommers, Zagat is going to assault you with a bevy of facts, reviews, and images—perfect for the factoid within us all!
Essentially the anti-Zagat, Ben Westoff’s “Best Dive Bar Guide” is a quality resource on the true havens of debauchery. Those seeking explicit festivities, riotous indecency, and good old fashion sloppiness, look no further!
A factual, yet nostalgic look back at some of the great haunts of the New York evening. A joy for the historian within us all, Jef Klein’s detailed accounts provide a solid foundation on the history of NYC nightlife.
To those dealt the short stick, and thus playing permanent spectators to the most exclusive of evening gatherings—this is the text for you. An intimate, detailed account of the swank, elegance, and exclusivity we’ve come to expect from those fortunate few “socialites”. Seize your chance to transcend the rope and fraternize within the VIP.