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You’ve heard Sinatra sing of New York, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere” – well, the same is true for many of the famous actors, dancers and musicians who continue to turn up here to launch their careers. This penchant for showmanship is best experienced on Broadway, where rootin’ tootin’ musicals jostle for attention among the Theatre District’s legendary establishments.
Nearby, the Lincoln Center sets the stage for highbrow entertainment, as the home of the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Ballet. The huge site also houses the iconic Metropolitan Opera House, where classic works like ‘Carmen’ and ‘Madame Butterfly’ sweep audiences away with their soaring arias.
New York is where the term ‘cocktail’ was originally coined so it’s only fair to indulge while you’re here.
If you enjoy dressing up in feather boas and suspenders, how about jumping on the Prohibition Era bandwagon and seeking out a speakeasy? You’ll find these hidden in basements and behind trick walls across the city. Two of the best are Little Branch in Greenwich Village and Bathtub Gin in Chelsea.
For high-end sunset to sunrise clubbing, knock on the door of the Meatpacking District’s secretive backdoor lounges. The Standard Hotel here houses two of New York’s most famous clubbing hotpots: the painfully exclusive Top of the Standard (formerly the Boom Boom Room) and the fittingly named Le Bain (due to the giant Jacuzzi in the middle of the dance floor). Don’t be discouraged if you get ‘bounced’ on the door – there are plenty more to choose from.
Fancy hearing New York’s funniest stand-ups sharpen their wit? Then head downtown. The well-established Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village hosts famous comedians inside its cramped quarters and is perfect if you like your comedy a tad risqué.
For side-splitting improv and outrageous skits, check out the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Chelsea, where some of the great stars of ‘Saturday Night Live’ were born.
Want to know where to eat before your night out? Take a look at our New York restaurants page.