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After Hours is an aesthetic inspired by the feelings and impressions of seeing a usually populated setting empty at night. After Hours isn’t defined in terms of media, but instead, the feelings that can emit from being at these places in person. Places that can come under this aesthetic are not limited to physical places. Places online such as abandoned blogs, empty game servers, and inactive websites can elicit similar feelings.

One important aspect of After Hours is the always present tranquility, sometimes with a concomitant mystery or suspiciousness. This is the biggest difference between After Hours and the adjacent aesthetic, Liminal Space, which is intentionally designed to be unsettling.[1]

Several people who have this aesthetic like to explore with a small group of friends or prefer to be on their own, some others have no option but to be active during night. To them, the late hours are mysterious and contemplative, a moment filled with the imagery of light poles, shady corners, clocks, trash blowing, wanderers and cat's eyes lurking. These types of people love silence and quiet settings. Being away from everyone and everything is comforting to them.


  • Nightwalking
  • Nightdriving
  • Insomnia
  • Prostitution
  • Studying
  • Going out for street drugs or alcohol
  • Working on the night shift
  • Avoiding the public eye
  • Watching TV
  • Being homeless



  • After Hours (1985)
  • Good Time (2017)
  • Night On Earth (1991)
  • Irréversible (2002)
  • Escape From New York (1981)
  • The Warriors (1979)
  • Strange Days (1995)
  • Before Sunrise (1995)
  • The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Dark City (1998)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • Halloween II (1981)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • The Kirlian Frequency (2017)
  • Uncut Gems (2019)
  • Last Life in the Universe (2003)

Anime & Manga

  • Yofukashi no uta (Call of the Night)


As an aesthetic based heavily on ambient, ambient-based, and adjacent music genres can be seen as complementary to this aesthetic.


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