(212) 228-0909, Manhattan
The DL doesn’t just stand for the “down-low” anymore. A bustling three-story restaurant and club, The DL sits on the corner of Delancey and Ludlow in the LES. This is a place where unusual cocktails, tasty small plates, trendy urbanites and good times amalgamate. The DL has not one, not two, but three floors of congenial commotion, suitable to please almost any vibe. The first floor, adorned with rustic architecture and mini chandeliers, is where guests get to enjoy the exotic selections of eats. Take a quick trip up a flight of stairs and hit the nightclub. The second floor hosts a DJ and a small lounge area for those who want to dance in an intimate setting. Continue up one more flight and you’ve arrived at the rooftop. It’s the icing on the cake for this fabulous venue. With a multicolored water fountain surrounded by a glass roof enclosure, palm tree and vines, and bumping dance music, you feel as though you’ve stepped into a retro rainforest. The DL won’t be on the “dl” for long.
Aura Light & Sound Suite
(516) 794-3091, East Meadow
Aura Light & Sound Suite goes beyond your typical nightclub. Known for their wavy LED display screen ceiling that syncs colors to the music’s beats, Aura unites aesthetics and functionality. Designed to indulge the senses the venue has state-of-the-art lighting, crystalline sound and vividly colored architecture. The space houses two levels and three bars, elevated LED-illuminated VIP tables, curved, upholstered walls and DJ booth, and a soundproof curtained entrance and exit. “Classic Wednesdays” feature bands and DJs with half priced drinks until 8pm and two buffets throughout the night. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are a bit more posh. DJs spin while guests enjoy bottle service and transcend the standard nightclub encounter. With all that drinking and dancing, one may build up an appetite, so think about the selective, but tasty, tapas varieties.
The Vine Wine Bar
(516) 812-7883, Merrick
Look no further for a cozy, unpretentious and downright relaxing scene. The Vine Wine Bar has the authentic touches of an Italian wine cellar while maintaining a contemporary style. Cozy lounge seating, high-top tables and a small, sleek bar make up the interior. Sip wines from nearly every country, and munch on plates of meat and cheese for the full wine bar experience. The restaurant hosts drink specials almost every night, and whether you’re there for a business event, a private party, a wine tasting or for sheer recreation, The Vine will satisfy your taste buds and your appetite in a modest fashion. Don’t forget to check out the intimate back lounge, perfect for a private party or your next book club gathering.