by nycgo.com staff
The Gramercy Theatre. Photo: Joe Buglewicz
For the true NYC experience, it's essential to go out after dark. While it's a fool's endeavor to attempt a summary of the City's nightlife offerings in just a few words, we can make some recommendations: be sure to spend some time in Harlem, where the Apollo Theater stages its famous Amateur Night—over the years, the Apollo has hosted performances by such stars as Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, the Strokes and comedian Tracy Morgan. Outside Harlem, the City is home to a bounty of other concert venues. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, the Highline Ballroom, Irving Plaza and many more all host both rising and multiplatinum artists; check out our concert calendar for a list of notable upcoming shows. The Lower East Side and Williamsburg, meanwhile, are two of many neighborhoods that are full of bars running the gamut from classy joints to gritty dives to dancing dens. The five boroughs are also a humor mecca—NYC's comedy clubs host headliners and rising stars every night of the week, and sometimes a big name will make an unexpected late-night appearance at one of the smaller venues. See our comedy calendar for specific comedians and weekly shows. And for more up-to-date going-out goings-on throughout New York City, check out our nightlife calendar.