West Village Bars & Nightlife
The Rusty Knot
425 West St., West Village
All the way on the West side (i.e., immediately across from the river), this bar boasts a short menu of your basic tiki drinks, and the interior looks like the inside of Gilligan's Island era yacht. The vibe is casual and, well, happy, and it's always packed (in a good way).
Boom Boom Room
848 Washington St., Meatpacking District
Located on the 18th floor of The Standard Hotel—with spectacular views of the Hudson and the High Line—the Boom Boom Room is even better when you're looking in. With its intimate, velvety banquettes, and great people watching, it's always fun. While there, migrate over to André Saraiva's pet project, Le Bain, next door, which has a swimming pool among other attractions.
Ballroom at the Jane Hotel
113 Jane St., West Village
Don't be fooled by the Persian carpets, the roaring fireplace, or the woody interiors—this spot functions more like a night club than a sleepy hotel bar. There's a DJ and you can expect dancing (on the couches), a bit of a line at the bar, and a wait at the entrance (with bouncers). It's worth it for the drinks, the music, and the scene.
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