Nightlife

Mere blocks from Times Square, Haven Rooftop offers specialty cocktails, share plates and panoramic views of Midtown's towering buildings and busy streets.

(Courtesy The New York Nightlife)

These professional party organizers get you into the hottest clubs, bars, rooftop venues and more.

A small beach hamlet on Long Island serves as inspiration for both the name and chilled-out atmosphere of Lazy Point, a recently opened bar on Spring St.

The nightlife crowd goes mad for HalloQueens!, the haunted exhibit/party hybrid produced by nightlife empress Susanne Bartsch, Oct. 31 8 p.m.-4 a.m.

Going to the Top of the Strand, a bar styled by designer Lydia Marks of films like The Devil Wears Prada, drops me front and center in the New York I’ve dreamed about.

Think: all-night gatherings behind closed doors and that element of danger that excites the night. Now you can party like it’s 1929 with Take Me Out.

Palm trees and lush, brightly colored potted plants…huge sun and rain umbrellas…an outdoor bar…am I dreamily sipping a Mai Tai on the island of Antigua?

On the hottest days in the city, many flock to the outdoor tables that line the streets on every block of the happening neighborhoods. Others descend to subterranean speakeasies with drinks called Rum Swizzles filled to the brim with crushed ice, a whole blackberry and mint sprig to top it off. I fall into the latter category, or at least I did on the first day of our heat wave, when I near desperately fled down the flight of stairs and into the dark, cool bar, Little Branch. Located in the West Village, the bar is unassuming to passersby.

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