Must-See Meatpacking District
by Christina Parrella, 09/01/2014 [Updated 04/29/2015]
Hogs & Heifers. Photo: Julienne Schaer
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Considering the seemingly limitless options in the Meatpacking District's nightlife scene, one could easily become overwhelmed. Before you start your night out, there are three things to know: sneakers will probably get you turned away from the clubs, slipping the bouncer a $20 won't work and you'll be hard-pressed to find a drink under $10 anywhere.
If you're looking for the quintessential Meatpacking experience, with velvet ropes, iced buckets of champagne and servers who have more abs than you have dollar bills, then head to the Gansevoort Hotel. The luxury hotel, which was the first of its kind in the area, offers a year-round pool, a rooftop bar (Plunge Bar and Lounge) with amazing views of downtown NYC, great dancing and lots of eye candy. The atmosphere is similar at the Dream Downtown; its penthouse lounge, Ph-D, and second-floor beach club serve up strong cocktails and serve as complements to the hotel's shiny, metallic decor. But the hardest spot to get into is Le Bain. The Standard Hotel's penthouse bar hosts all-night dance sessions and has stunning Hudson River views. Topping it all off—and providing an opportunity for the truly brave—is the hot tub on the dance floor.
The scene is equally frenetic at Hogs & Heifers, where on any given night a line of Harley motorcycles stands guard at the entrance to the rock 'n' roll dive bar. The neighborhood institution serves up ice-cold brews, shots and a "show"; female patrons are encouraged to donate their bras to the dusty collection that hangs behind the bar.
For spirits, casual fun and friendly bouncers, there's the bi-level alehouse Brass Monkey, which, while not necessarily filled with brass, does contain rooms heavily decorated with that metal's components: zinc and copper. The rooftop terrace is also the perfect spot to gawk at clubbers at the Standard. And if you're in the mood to catch a live concert, there's the always-impressive Highline Ballroom.