New York Nightlife on the Lower East Side

The Lower East Side is a popular destination in New York Nightlife. It offers almost countless barhopping options. Below are some spots recommended by our editor.

Bowery Ballroom

Some of the decade’s top bands have played at Bowery Ballroom.

6 Delancey Street

Arlene’s Grocery

Arlene’s Grocery is responsible for a large part of  New York Nightlife on the Lower East Side. Featured in films, this bar and karaoke joint always has something going on.

95 Stanton Streeet


This extremely popular bar and dance lounge is located in an old piano store. It started the career of Lady Gaga.

158 Ludlow Street

Cake Shop

Next door to Pianos, Cake Shop and its neighbor create an extremely busy corner.

152 Ludlow Street

The Living Room

It is difficult to tell where indie-rock Cake Shop ends and The Living Room begins. The two attract a similar crowd that intermingles.

154 Ludlow Street


This unique Bulgarian Bar and dance club is always fun.

113 Ludlow Street

Casa Mezcal

This upscale mexican restaurant stays open for drinks. It also serves mezcal. It becomes a lounge after hours, in the middle of the action.

86 Orchard Street

2nd Floor on Clinton

2nd floor adds quiet sophistication to Clinton Street. There is a secret entrance inside Barramundi.

67 Clinton Street

Welcome To The Johnsons

This is a dive bar with vinyl cushion covers and Pabst Blue Ribbon. It’s also a hipster hangout.

123 Rivington Street


This French-Vietnamese lounge has amazing happy hour Lychee Martinis.

110 Rivington Street

Happy Ending

This former Chinese massage parlor maintains a large following in the Lower East Side.

302 Broome Street

The Back Room

This New York Nightlife joint is modeled after a 20s-era speakeasy. The bar has a hidden-entrance and serves drinks in teacups.

102 Norfolk Street


This kitschy bar serves cheap sangria for happy hour.

67 Clinton Street

Essex Restaurant

Brunch at Essex comes with 3 free drinks! The restaurant also clears out and becomes a lounge later in the evening.

120 Essex Street


Fontana’s is a space for special events and rock performances south of Delancey.

105 Eldridge Street

Hotel Chantelle

This multi-level space offers a basement for dancing and a very pretty roof for eating and drinking.

92 Ludlow Street

Iggy’s Keltic Lounge

This Irish style dive bar is right where you would never suspect.

132 Ludlow Street

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