I love to travel, explore the world and dance at places that require minor miracles for a guy to gain entrance. New York and Los Angeles may have the highest concentration of these “strict door policy” bars and clubs in this country, so I will affectionately call these cities the heart and soul of U.S. nightlife (Miami and Vegas get honorable mentions).
After a recent trip to Manhattan, I wondered whether or not the Big Apple eclipsed the glitz and glamour of our beloved Hollywood hotspots. In New York, the club of the moment is arguably Marquee (once called the “hottest club in the known universe” by The New York Post), and in Los Angeles, the ongoing appeal of Area makes it this city’s current champion (LA.com said it best: “Lindsay Lohan likes Area so much, she took a night off from rehab to party here.”)
Fresh Air LA is all about sharing the experience so we’ve posted videos from both Marquee and Area.
New York friends on the city’s nightlife:
“New York nightlife is like a whip-pet, fast and intense, leaving you craving more.”
“No glow stick twirling, velcro wall climbing, purple hypnotic sipping bull (expletive). Just under age drinkers buying overpriced bottles with underweight women dancing to over played beats … for two more hours than LA.”
Los Angeles friends on the city’s nightlife:
“There’s always somewhere to go and if by chance the place you go to sucks, there’s 20 other places to choose from.”
“Because clipboard guys prove that high school dorks will get a chance to turn the tables. And that men with little below can find work as bouncers.”
I love my friends for their honesty and their unhealthy livers. Their combined experiences and bloated bar tabs makes me confident that nightlife in both New York and Los Angeles is still going strong, although I wouldn’t want to be a bouncer if Rebecca was waiting outside for more than 10 seconds.
So which city has the best nightlife? It really depends on where you are in each city, but if you’re at Marquee or Area, you’re on the path to a memorable night. Picking a winner is a tough call, but as Manesh pointed out, New York has a 4 a.m. last call. While extra drinking time can support the goal of reaching the ultimate hangover, the nightlife experience is defined by the people. Angelenos party in New York, and New Yorkers fly to LA to be in the scene. There’s an attraction from people on both coasts, since they realize that the best nightlife is being at the right place at the right moment with the right people.
“The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.”
– Paris Hilton