Chelsea Bars and Clubs

A flurry of upscale nightclubs and a bevy of bars have changed the face of nightlife in Chelsea, the once quiet neighborhood nestled between the Garment and Meatpacking districts. Luckily, from the VIP to the super low-key, there's a drinking den for everyone in Chelsea. (Photo: Avenue)

Updated: August 18, 2010

Club It Up in Chelsea

Marquee Night Club

289 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Models and bottles go full-throttle at the famously stylish club for the young, rich and beautiful, where the lines are as long as the list of celebrity party-goers.

Hiro Ballroom

371 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

More Kyoto than Tokyo, on any given night this chic Japanese-themed spot at the Maritime Hotel fills up with edgy beauties and rockers.

Pink Elephant

40 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

The nighttime playground's lush, hedge-lined entrance hints at what's inside: Luxe bottle service and a pheromone-shooting scent machine (yes, seriously). Did we mention it's named for the fanciful hallucinations that arise from too much drink?

G Lounge

223 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

A go-to spot for Chelsea guys looking to drink and mingle post-work or post-workout, this renovated former stable welcomes locals with its arched street-side windows and colorful cocktail banquettes.

1 Oak

453 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

Thank owners Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano for spawning yet another hip hot spot that's best known for being impossible to get into. Before you take a crack at this door, be sure to dress and act the part.


116 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

When it opened in 2009, this Chelsea nightclub tried to tout itself as a gastrolounge, but no one ever really came here for the food. After a starring role on HBO's "How to Make It in America," it's even more popular (and more discriminating) than ever. If you do get in, models and bottles await.

The Gates

290 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Warm amber lighting, floor-to-ceiling marble and art nouveau furnishings salvaged from the Biltmore Hotel give this lounge a luxurious vibe. It's easier to get into than many of the other Chelsea hot spots, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Look good, or try your hand at becoming a member of The Gates' Ambassador Program, which gets you guaranteed entry on any night.

Bar It Out in Chelsea

Billymark's West

332 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

The jukebox pours out steady servings of anthem rock and R&B, the drinks are cheap and the doors open early (at 8am Monday through Saturday)--what's not to like about this perfect neighborhood dive bar?

Chelsea Brewing

59 Chelsea Piers Ste 62, New York, NY 10011

This sprawling yacht-side patio provides a cool, low-key west side alternative to the South Street Seaport. Depending on the time of day, you'll find just-showered jocks, random tourists and office workers toasting birthday celebrants and departing co-workers.

Half King Bar

505 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Shunning the pretension of the area's more snooty art galleries, this neighborhood favorite serves up classic fare in an easy-going environment where burgers and brews reign supreme.

The Ainsworth

122 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

The handsome, 6,000-square-foot lounge is rustic and refined, but despite the Gothic chandeliers and leather banquettes, the abundance of flat-screens showing the game will remind that it's still a sports bar, albeit a classy one.


353 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

On the border between Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, this relative newcomer to the comedy club scene features both seasoned comics like Sarah Silverman and Greg Giraldo, alongside up-and-comers. Amateur comics also have a chance to shine at Ochi's, the basement lounge.

Frying Pan

63 E River Dr, New York, NY 10002

On beautiful summer days, Chelsea residents and workers in need of a cocktail cram aboard this outdoor oasis, located on a ship that's docked in the Hudson River.