Keeping to lower Manhattan is an easy way to have a great time in New York City, but sometimes you’re going to want to stretch your legs and take in the island for all it’s worth. Or perhaps you live uptown and are looking for local spots to hit up. Disclaimer: the Upper East Side is not quite what Gossip Girl makes it out to be. Either way, heading above 60th may feel like you intruding on someone’s property while they’re asleep, but don’t forget that with a population of 1,585,873 and growing, there’s always going to be something amazing happening. Be brave and become not a New Yorker, but an All Of New Yorker.
300 E 89th St
A break from the preppy surroundings, The Auction House is intimate and cozy for romantic excursions. The perfect classic NYC nightlife experience.
Decorated with portraits and lit by candlelight, feel the warmth from the fireplace while you relax with a cocktail at the mahogany bar.
701 W 135th St
Named after the attitude you’ll need to venture way uptown. This club has two floors, showering a mixed crowd (20's to 50's) with DJ sets best heard on Saturday nights.
Drinks are handed up in plastic cups and the bathroom is unisex, but forget those details while you dance or celebrate a birthday party. Hey, if you're stuck in Harlem, it's good to have options, right?
310 Lenox Ave, Manhattan.
Opened in March, Ginny’s is a retro destination, busy with Latin and blues echoing around you. The walls are covered in mirrors and patterned screens, making this speak-easy themed lounge perfect for a northbound wanderer. Live music and DJs make this spot ideal for Manhattan explorers.
1000 Fifth Ave, 5th Floor. Manhattan.
If you’re out with a singles crowd, try this little-known beauty with a view of Central Park. Lacking an actual “bar,” this rooftop location offers an assortment of cocktails, including margaritas and mojitos to match New York’s stunning spring weather. They’re not open too late, so be sure to have an escape plan for the rest of the evening.
1439 Second Ave., Manhattan
For a party-driven uptown experience look no further. At Baraonda, you’ll find DJs pumping out samba or techno, and it’s not unusual to see people get up on their tables to dance. Enjoy their outdoor seating, or sit at in the restaurant. They also offer brunch on Sundays until 4pm on weekends.