by Justine Goodman - 81 Reviews - 104 List
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.