“Legs bigger than your future!” as Holly Burt says on her Instagram bio! This New York-based lady has quite a story and has shared with us her 7 tips for the perfect girl’s night out in NYC!
This week we interviewed a great lady called Holly Burt! If you Google, one of the first things you’ll probably see about her is that she has the 2016 record for Longest Legs in America, measuring 49.5″ (126cm)!
Aside from having this beautiful natural gift, Holly is also a super talented designer and has a pretty funny and kind personality that just brightens your day!
My name is Holly Burt and I have been living in NYC since 2013.
I came up here for school where I attended Parsons School of Design and was so lucky to have experienced an unorthodox college experience where the city was my campus.
Now having graduated, I work in graphic product development for a huge childrenswear manufacturer working with brands like Nike, Converse, Jordan, Hurley, and Levi’s.
Although, you may know me from the internet or TV as having the record (obtained in 2016) for the Longest Legs in America (49.5 inches).
Recently I have been working with tall women’s apparel companies which I am so passionate for standing at 6’5 (198cm), I’m hoping to start my own tall apparel company one day.
Now, 2020 has a lot in store! Shortly, I will be moving to London to accompany my boyfriend who just moved to start his job at Amazon. We’re now in the process of obtaining my Visa. For now, I am quickly checking off everything that’s been on my NY bucket list before the big move!
Lastly, I also have a graphic design website and have worked with great brands like Nike, Converse, Levi’s, Snapchat and others!
Holly shared her 7 best spots for the perfect girl’s night out in New York City. And we have to confess…it’s a pretty cool list of places!
We were super excited to see that she chose spots in 3 neighborhoods that we are also super fond of: the East Village, the Lower East Side and Bushwick in Brooklyn.
Good Night Sonny
Located on the East Village border is a poppin, but not too poppin of a place to grab dinner and drinks with friends.
Good Night Sonny has a long bar and small tables aligned on a big window front. The acoustics are great so you can actually have a conversation.
A good friend, Chad Shaner is the head chef here and has a lot of awards under his belt like a 2-star review in the New York Times (critic’s pick), as well as a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand.
I know you will be in good hands here – also the cocktails are BANGING!
Daily, until 4am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
Location: 134 1st Avenue
Souvlaki GR (LES)
Love this place because you could spend hours on end here and not even know it. It’s Greek/Mediterranean vibes and I’ve been here a lot before I start my night out.
Really amazing food and the interior it’s very jammed packed but it feels like you’re in Santorini.
I highly recommend the lamb chops, shot of Mastika (literally tastes like an edible pine candle- in a good way) and a bottle of Ouzo.
If you come here in the summertime you can sit outside on the streets and watch all the bar goers go by since it’s conveniently located in a strip of amazing bars in the Lower East Side.
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 12:30am
Location: 116 Stanton Street
Lovers of Today
This lovechild-of-a-speakeasy-and-lounge right off Tompkins Square Park might be easy to walk past.
It’s a fairly nondescript bar, but as soon as you walk through the mini alley and enter the dark basement, you’ll be ready to set the scene for a sultry rendezvous with a special someone, be it a lover or a friend.
There are hints of red neon lights to brighten up the dark corners and a disco ball glimmering to the 2000’s hip hop music.
They have a pretty awesome happy hour- goes until 8PM!
Hours: Daily: 5pm – 4am
Location: 132 1/2 East 7th Street
It’s happy hour and my friends and I tend to get thirsty before 5pm. We always like to start a night out at a bougie rooftop if the weather permits.
A favorite rooftop of mine is Mr. Purple. I personally think it has the best views of the city because I prefer a Downtown backdrop of the city as opposed to Midtown/Uptown.
Oh, and it does have a pool on the rooftop, so in the summertime you can jump in with an Aperol Spritz in your hand.
But this place also holds a special place in my heart because this is where my boyfriend and I had our first date!
Monday – Wednesday: 4pm – 2am
Thursday & Friday: 4pm – 4am
Saturday: 11am – 4am
Sunday: 11am – 2am
Location: 180 Orchard Street, 15th Floor
Double Down Saloon
If you are looking for a gritty and disgusting dive bar, Double Down Saloon is your place! Super cheap drinks and you have to try their signature shot “Ass Juice”.
I still can’t figure out what it is, but it sits in a warm jug under the bar. The bartenders are super mean, but it goes with the ambience – I’m pretty sure most of them are ex-dominatrix’s.
There is an ancient myth that when the bartender does “last call” she hops on top of the bar and screams “LAST CALL” with a whip in her hand, and everyone must respond simultaneously “YES MA’AM”.
They also have a pool table and 80’s porn going on the big screen.
This may not be for you, but if you’re looking for an experience, this is your place.
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 4am
Saturday: 10am – 4am
Sunday: 11am – 4am
Location: 14 Avenue A
Off to Bushwick! Turks Inn is whimsical and has crazy decorations.
Everywhere you look has something outrageous, including clowns, various birds and old photos.
The outside does stand out a little for the strip, but it does nothing to prepare you for inside.
First thing you notice when entering is the low light with a red cast. Then your eyes just go all over and are overwhelmed in a good way. So many layers of whatever all over the place.
They have pretty good Turkish food, but having a Turkish boyfriend and going to Istanbul has ruined me for American Turkish food.
I would say: go to this place for the experience, they also have a dance club right next door with a live DJ called Sultan Room.
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 6pm – 11pm
Location: 234 Starr Street
House of Yes
Right down the street from Turks Inn is the grand finale, House of Yes in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
This is the perfect place to dance your heart away until 4am. Most events are themed, and people tend to wear amazing costumes.
I’ve been here for several parties and always had a blast.
The scene here is LGBTQ friendly and you won’t run into anyone that doesn’t have a smile on their face, it truly is magical.
If it’s a themed night, be prepared. They will not let you in if you aren’t dressed to the theme, but no worries – they have a thrift like costume shop out front that comes equipped with everything you need to dress to theme.
House of yes has a live DJ set, cage dancers, and acrobatics, don’t be surprised if you see people dancing from ropes 20ft up!
Hours: May vary. Please check their website.
Location: 2 Wyckoff Avenue
Thank you, Holly, we loved your girl’s night out list and we wish you all the best in your future home, London! We’re sure you’ll all have a pretty good time at all these carefully curated spots, so let us know what you thought!
If you want to explore a few other cool New York secret places, you might want to check out the 9 best speakeasies in New York City.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holly Burt, ©Behind the Scenes NYC, William Foster (aka dubfoster) and all the venues