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Fun Things to Do in NYC at Night

If you're looking for fun things to do in NYC at night, then there's no better place to start than right here! Manhattan lights up in every corner of the city (except the slinky dark ones!), transforming itself into a magical evening metroscape packed with glitz, glam and ample doses of chik nighttime diversions. It's an understatement to say that there are just as many unique haunts and hangouts to catch at night as there are during daytime hours, so to help you get off on the right foot, here's a sampling of the best nightlife in NYC you can drop into, whether you're looking to mingle with the trendy types that frequent fashionable venues, or you're simply looking for the best rooftop bars midtown Manhattan has to offer. Atmosphere and attraction reign in New York City's nightlife scene!

Broadway Shows

Theater District

For those who love shows, Manhattan's theater district offers a dazzling array of award-winning musicals and plays by all of the well known (and some obscure) playwrights. With approximately 40-some theaters to be found between West 41st and West 52nd Streets (and bound between Seventh and Ninth Avenues), there's no shortage of great shows to take in, such as Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, Dear Evan Hansen and many more!

Address: 729 7th Ave 6th floor, New York, NY 10019

Cross Street: various

Hours: 9am – 8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat, 12noon-5pm Sun (for the Ticketing and Administration Office)

Cost: check the local box office for showtimes & prices

Call: 1-800-276-2392

Madison Square Garden

Midtown

As the largest and most prominent performance and sporting event venue in all of New York City, Madison Square Garden (or as the locals call it “The Garden” or “MSG”) is the iconic arena that is the premier Manhattan venue for all major music concerts and sports. The New York Knicks NBA team call it their home, and legendary "Piano Man" Billy Joel has been known to be in residency there for extended concert runs.

Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

Cross Street: (7th Avenue between W. 31st and W. 33rd Streets)

Hours: vary according to showtimes

Cost: ticket prices vary

Call: 1-212-465-6000

A Night at the Museum Sleepover

Central Park

While bustling and filled-to-the-brim with visitors during the day, the American Museum of Natural History beckons children of all ages to power up their flashlights and explore its shadowy halls when the doors close for the evening. These popular "museum sleepovers" feature some live-animal exhibitions, special movies, and a unique place to rest your head beneath a 94-foot-long blue whale or at the base of a volcanic formation when it's time for shut-eye.

Address: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192

Cross Street: between 77th St and 81st St on the West Side of Central Park

Hours: 10am-9pm Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm Sat-Sun

Cost: $150 per person, $140 members, $130 for groups of 15 or more, Grown up sleepovers (adult only) are $300+ per person

Call: 1-212-769-5200

Comedy Cellar

Greenwich Village

If you're looking to lighten up, and stand-up comedy in New York City is what you're after, the Comedy Cellar is where you need to go. With shows that run throughout the week, this stage has showcased comedy legends such as Louis CK, Ray Romano. Have some drinks at a reasonable price, and a lot of laughs along the way. And hey, you never know who might drop in for the evening - national acts frequently pop in for impromptu shows here!

Address: 1267, 117 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

Cross Street: between W 3rd St and Bleecker St, East of 6th Ave

Hours: vary according to showtimes

Cost: $10 - $50 (excludes special shows or national acts)

Call: 1-212-254-3480

SpyScape

Midtown

Much more than a modern museum, Spyscape features loads of amazing spy stories and spy gadgets all mashed up together in a clever, interactive experience that puts you right in the middle of spy challenges to test your mind and nerve! Develop your skills and discover what kind of spy you’d be with a unique Spy Profile scoring your psychological and behavioral attributes developed by a former Head of Training at British Intelligence!

Address: 928 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Cross Street: between W 54th and 55th St, on 8th Ave

Hours: 10am-9pm Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm Sat-Sun

Cost: Adults $39, Child (3-12) $32

Call: 1-212-549-1941

Feinstein's/54 Below

Midtown West

This celebrated cabaret joint, as its moniker implies, is well underground though the talent that performs here is anything but. The biggest acts in the music and theater worlds have been known to perform here, including Jason Robert Brown and others. And with every seat offering a great view, this cozy, welcoming cabaret is warm and enticing, especially on those cold New York City winter nights!

Address: 254 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

Cross Street: between Broadway and Eighth Ave

Transport: Subway: B, D, E to Seventh Ave

Price: $25 food or drink minimum

Call: 1-646-476-3551

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