Considering that Manhattan's shape resembles a bottle, and that its name is thought by some to derive from the Munsee word manahachtanienk ('place of general inebriation'), it shouldn't be surprising that New York's long been a city known for bad behaviour, drunkenness and other assorted late-night tomfoolery. In fact, some 20 years after the city was founded, Peter Stuyvesant lashed out, stating that a quarter of New Amsterdam’s buildings were taverns. Like other facets of NYC life, today's bar and club scene is ever in motion. Unsigned 'speakeasies' are back in fashion as are vintage cocktails. You'll also find rooftop bars with views, creatively concocted interiors (apothecaries, libraries, Soviet bunkers) and bars dedicated to one elixir or another (brandy, mezcal, Pabst Blue Ribbon). Wherever you go, it never hurts to plan ahead; having your name on a guest list can relieve unnecessary disappointment, and cash is key. Not all places take credit cards.