Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., btwn Broadway & Church St. (212) 219-3055 (see events)Wide ranging musical tastes continue to drive the beat at the Knitting Factory. Cutting Edge music combined with great acoustic performances make this place a favorite. There are three performance spaces: the Knitting Factory, the KnitActive Sound Stage, and the Old Office. Cover: $8 and up. All ages, but you need ID to drink. Subway: A, C, E, N, R, 6 to Canal St.; 1, 9 to Franklin St.
Lava Lounge, 28 W. 20th St., btwn 5th & 6th Aves. (212) 627-7867Lava offers dining and drinking in any of their four theme rooms. $10 - $15 cover on Fri & Sat. 21 and over. Subway: F, N, R to 23rd St.
Leopard Lounge, 248 E. 5th St., @ 2nd Ave. (212) 253-2222 Downstairs is Sin Sin, the Irish bar/lounge, and upstairs is the Leopard Lounge where a live DJ spins Funk, Hip Hop and more every night. Open 12pm - 4am every day. Happy Hour 1pm - 8pm (until 10pm on Thur). Subway: F to 2nd Ave.
Light, 129 E. 54th St., btwn Lexington & Park Aves. (212) 583-1333This fairly recent addition to the mid-town scene has a relaxed atmosphere, an extensive martini selection , and a light food menu. DJs spin House music and more every night. Open Mon - Sat from 4pm - 4am. 21 and over. Subway: 6 to 50th St.; E, F to Lexington.
Limelight, 660 Sixth Ave. @ 20th Street. (212) 807-7780The famous converted church club has finally reopened! The balconies are great for people watching and the stained glass windows add a uniquely surreal touch. 5 rooms playing different kinds of music. Cover: $25. Hours: Wed - Sun 10pm-4am. Must be 18 or older. Subway: F, N, R to 23rd St.
La Linea, 15 1st Ave, btwn 1st & 2nd Sts. (212) 777-1571Every night DJs spin a blend of House, Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae, and everything in between. Happy Hour from 3pm - 9pm, open until 4am. Ages 21 and over. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.
Liquids, 266 E. 10th St., btwn 1st Ave. & Ave. A (212) 677-1717 Open every night at 6pm. Subway: L to 1st Ave.
Lotus, 409 W. 14th St., btwn 9th & 10th Aves. (212) 243-4420Restaurant, lounge, nightclub with DJs playing House, Hip Hop, Soul and more every night. Dinner is served from 6pm - 11pm and the club stays open until 4am. Sometimes there's a $10 - $20 cover. Dress nice. Ages 21 and over. Subway: C, E to 14th St.
Ludlow Bar, 165 Lulow St., btwn Houston & Rivington St. (212) 353-0536 Open 6pm - 4am every night, playing House, Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and Reggae. There's a $3 cover on Friday and Saturday after 11pm. 21 and over only. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.
Club Macanudo, 26 E. 63rd St., btwn Park & Madison Aves. (212) 752-8200Restaurant/lounge with a sophisticated crowd of real cigar afficionados. It looks like a private club, but all connoissures of fine food, cigars and beverages are welcome. You can even lease a private humidor to keep your Cohibas fresh and tasty. Subway: B, Q to Lexington.
Madame X, 94 W. Houston St., btwn LaGuardia Pl. & Thompson St. (212) 539-0808Lounge open 5pm - 4am during the week and 6pm - 4am on Saturday and Sunday. There's free live Jazz Sun - Wed from 7pm - 11pm, and DJs Thursday through Saturday ($5 after 10pm). Ages 21 and over. Subway: B, D, F, Q to Broadway-Lafayette; 6 to Bleeker.
M&R;, 264 Elizabeth St., btwn Houston & Prince St. (212) 226-0559 This restaurant/bar has a huge bar in the front dining section and a backyard for basking when the weather is warm. DJs play Latin, Soul, and Rock music Thur - Mon nights. Serving up Continental food Mon - Thur from 5pm - 12am (bar stays open til 2am), Fri from 5pm - 1am (bar open til 4am), Sat & Sun from 11:30am - 4:30pm and 5:30pm - 2am. After midnight they have a limited late night menu. No age restrictions. Subway: B, D, F, Q to Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 to Bleeker St.
Marion's Continental, 354 Bowery, btwn 3rd & 4th Sts. (212) 475-7621 Famous as the gathering place of stars and socialites throughout the 50's and 60's, the new Marion's evokes it's glory days through decor and service. They have an extensive martini menu, Continental food, and regular events and theme nights. Regular events include the Pontani Sisters (retro glam tap) every Monday night ($3), DJs every Tuesday night, and a monthly "Fashion Brunch." Open 6pm - 2am every day. No age restrictions. Subway: 6 to Bleeker St.
Mercury Lounge, 217 Houston St. at Essex St. (212) 260-4700 (see events)Bands play in a simple brick space with a great sound system at the back of the bar. The music is mostly Indie Rock and Pop. Box office hours: 12 - 7pm Mon-Sat, shows start at 7pm. Cover is around $7 - $15 and it is usually ages 21 and over only. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.; J, M, Z to Essex St.
Naked Lunch, 17 Thompson Street, corner of Thompson & Grand (212) 343-082870's, Funk, R&B;, Motown, Soul, and new music. A weekend cover of $5 - $7. Open Tues - Fri from 5pm - close, Sat from 9pm - 4am. 21 and up. Subway: A, C, E, 1, 9 to Canal St.
Nell's, 246 W. 14th St., btwn 7th & 8th Aves. (212) 675-1567Nell's is a full service club, with a dance floor, a lounge, a live stage, three bars and food service. DJ and live music every night. Cuban on Wed, Reggae on Thur, Jazz/International on Fri, and Kareoke on Sun. Dress code is "dressy casual." Hours: every night from 10pm - 4am, except Monday (6pm - 12am) and Wednesday (9pm - 3am). Cover: $15 Thur - Sat, $10 Sun - Wed. Ages 21 and over. Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 9 to 14th St.
Niagara, 112 Ave. A, @ 7th St. (212) 420-9517 Lounge/bar upstairs and a tiki bar downstairs with a dance floor and frozen drinks. Occasioanlly there is a $5 cover downstairs. DJs play everything from 50's Rockabilly to 80's Punk. Open 2pm - 4am on weekends, 4pm - 4am during the week (Happy Hour every day until 8pm). 21 and over only. No baseball hats, no sneakers. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.
Nowbar, 22 7th Ave. South, @ Leroy St. (212) 293-0323 Open Wed - Sun from 10pm - 4am. Subway: 1, 9 to Houston St.
NV, 289 Spring St., @ Hudson St. (212) 929-NVNV 500 plus capacity club with two dance floors and a lounge. Open Wed - Sun from 10pm - 4am. $20 - &25 cover. Check their site for event info and discounts. Subway: 1, 9 to Canal St.
Ohm, 16 W. 22nd St., btwn 5th & 6th Aves. (212) 229-2000 Dinner and lounge are open from 8pm - 11pm, Thursday through Saturday, with a late night supper menu available until 2am. The dance floor opens at 10pm with high energy techno on Saturday and a more mellow mix of Euro, Latin, House, Hip Hop on Thursday and Friday. 21 and over. Cover charge is $20 on Friday after 10pm and $25 on Saturday after 10pm. Subway: F, N, R to 23rd St.
One51, 151 E. 50th St., btwn Lexington & 3rd Aves. (212) 753-1144Supper club in a beautiful 1920's opera house. Open for dancing Wed - Sat from 11pm - 4am. Open for dinner Tues - Sat from 6pm - 11pm. DJ plays all kinds of dance music including Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae, and Classics. 21 and over. Cover varies, usually $20 - $25. Subway: E, F to Lexington Ave.; 6 to 51st St.
Opium Den, 29 E. 3rd St., btwn Bowery & 2nd Ave. (212) 505-7344 Open Mon - Sat from 8pm - 4am. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.; 6 to Astor Pl.
Ozone Bar and Lounge, 1720 2nd Ave., btwn 89th & 90th Sts. (212) 860-8950 This bar has a lounge in the back room with candle light and couches where DJs play Jazz, Acid Jazz and Hip Hop on the weekend. Open 4pm - 2am during the week and 4pm - 4am on the weekend. 21 and over. Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St.
Parkside Lounge, 317 Houston St., @ Attorney St. (212) 673-6270 Carpeted lounge with a stage in the back room where, among other things, they host a live salsa band every Friday. You can stand up and boogey if you want to, but it's not really a dance club. Open 7 days a week from 1pm - 4am. 21 and over. No cover (2 drink min.) Subway: F to 2nd Ave.
Plant Bar, 217 E. 3rd St., btwn Ave. B & Ave. C (212) 375-9066 This bar has DJs every night spinning electronic music, and there's never a cover. Open 6:30 - late. 21 and over. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.
Pulse, 226 E. 54th St., btwn 2nd & 3rd Aves. (212) 688-5577 This Nightclub plays host to promotional events of all kinds, so their schedule and music is different all the time. Sometimes they even have live bands. They are always open Friday and Saturday until 4:30am. Cover is usually $10 - $15. Age 23 and older for women, 25 and older for men. Subway: E, F to Lexington Ave.; 6 to 51st St.