New York City Nightlife - The Pool at Harrah's, Sky Room, Live Jazz at Gallagher's
There is a plethora of live music, lounges, and late-night activities to take in while visiting the five boroughs -- but if you’re in town for more than a day or two, you’d be remiss if you neglected some of the exciting nightlife destinations located just an hour or two outside of the city limits, including Atlantic City, where you’ll find many resorts, including Harrah’s (777 Harrah’s Blvd., 800-HARRAHS; harrahs.com), home to beautiful bayside vistas, accommodations in four hotel towers, entertainment, and gaming thrills in their expanded casino. During the day, The Pool at Harrah’s is the perfect place to lounge and enjoy a drink, but after dark it doubles as one of the hottest club scenes in AC, with live DJs, bottle service, and celebrity sightings.
Top off your evening with a cocktail and a stunning view of the city at nighttime at the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites Times Square’s new rooftop lounge, Sky Room. Located on the 33rd & 34th floors of the newly constructed hotel, the bi-level Sky Room boasts 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River, three distinct places for lounging, a private salon, and -- best of all -- a high-energy atmosphere atop Times Square. Every Wednesday night they host Brazil Owns Midtown, with sexy Brazilian dancers, cool Brazilian cocktails, and much more. Doors open at 4pm with Happy Hour until 7pm; party begins at 9pm. Smart, casual dress code encouraged. Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites Times Square, 330 W. 40th St. btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves., 212-380-1195; skyroomnyc.com.
The birthplace of the New York Strip, Gallagher’s is renowned for its steaks, veal loin, and double-rib lamb chops, broiled over hickory logs. Now the Theatre District institution is featuring live jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, with a special jazz menu featuring light evening fare, available from 9pm to midnight. Reservations are strongly suggested; call 212-245-5336. (Note: There is a two-drink minimum required for those not dining.) 228 W. 52nd St., 212-245-5336; gallaghersnysteakhouse.com.