Night Spots

Night Spots
The After-Dark Scene


Danny Meyer has the Midas touch when it comes to eateries (Shake Shack, Gramercy Tavern), so it is no surprise that his first stand-alone bar in NYC has become an urban hit as well. Porchlight was recently dubbed “The Best Bar for Big Groups” by restaurant website theinfat The wide-spanning specialty drinks menu is cleverly broken down into categories— “Guzzlers: Light and Easy,” “Sippers: Not for the Weak of Heart,” “Nerdy: Late-night Experiments That Worked,” and “Classics: You Know ‘Em, We Make ‘Em.” Some drinks use pickled vegetables (Porchlight Gibson: Plymouth gin, dry vermouth, pickled onion brine) while others use hoppy beer (IPA-mazing: Tanqueray gin, grapefruit, passion fruit and Other Half IPA). A small, Southern-style menu for snacking features fried oysters and other goodies.  |  271 11th Ave., btw W. 27th & W. 28th sts., 212.981.6188


Twenty-five craft beers rotate on tap daily at this darkly-lit Brooklyn watering hole, where bartenders help customers sift through a thick book of take-out menus, tempting hungry gamers to order in. More than 50 arcade games cover the floor of this grown-up’s play emporium, including NBA Jam Tournament Edition and The Legend of Zelda, as well as a hodgepodge of lesser-known games. The Manhattan locations—in Chelsea and on St. Mark’s Place—boast full food menus.  |  388 Union Ave., btw Powers & Ainslie sts., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718.302.6464


Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Every night in September, at least one performing artist graces the stage at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. In fact, this month, the storied venue—which opened in 2004 and was designed specifically for live jazz—puts on 49 performances. Highlights include a weekend of jazz piano from renowned jazz pianist Harold Mabern of the Harold Mabern Trio (Sept. 8-10) and a three-night run by Cuban saxophone legend Paquito D’Rivera (above, Sept. 29-Oct. 1). There is also a late-night series Sept. 1-2, 11-16, 18-23 and 25-30, with 22-year-old saxophonist and Generations In Jazz veteran Julian Lee closing out the month.  |  10 Columbus Cir., btw W. 58th & W. 60th sts., 212.258.9595