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Best Rooftop Venues for a Bachelorette Party in New York

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New York is definitely one of the best places on Earth to go out! So, check out the best rooftop venues for a Bachelorette party in New York!

Best Rooftop Venues for a Bachelorette Party in New York Behind the Scenes NYCThere are thousands of rooftop party venues in New York and almost every one of them is perfect for a Bachelorette party.

But you want yours to be special (and who doesn’t?) so you have to search through the best ones to figure out what you want. We are going to do that for you.

First, you need to think about the basics like how many to invite, the style, and whether you will have food or just cocktails.

If it is your party, you can easily decide most of these issues but if you are planning it for someone else, you may have to be more creative.

Talk to the bride or, if it is a surprise, the maid of honor about the specifics you will need to plan for.


When will the big day be?

Since the party will be outdoors and it is in New York, the best time for this shindig is spring or early summer.

You do not want it to be too hot or too cold and New York tends to get a lot of snow, so you definitely do not want to plan it for the winter.

Even early autumn is not a bad choice as long as you keep an eye on the weather reports.

 

Figure out the budget

There is always a budget to think about and with a bachelorette party, there are a lot of little things to count that can add up.

From food and drinks to décor and transportation, you have to make sure you have enough money for everything before you go all out.

You do not want to run out of money before you get it all paid for.

 

Decide on the guest count

Determining the guest count is not just about how many people are in the bridal party.

Some of the people that the bride may want to be there may not be a part of the bridal party for some reason or another.

And you must think about the budget because the more guests you have, the more money it will cost.

 

Choose a theme

There are so many themes that you can choose from to make the party more unique.

You do not want it to be just another bachelorette party where the girls don’t really mingle and there is little to no entertainment. Here are some ideas that we think are awesome:

  • Beach theme with swimsuits, colorful drinks, and fake palm trees
  • Vegas theme with casino games, bright neon lights, and Elvis
  • 50s theme with poodle skirts and old-time rock and roll
  • Pink everything for a Barbie theme
  • A final fiesta featuring Mexican food, margaritas, and a piñata
  • Game night theme with board games and fun card games
  • Masquerade or costume party theme
  • Rainbows and glitter for a unicorn party theme

 

Décor and invites

Once you decide the theme and budget, you can plan the décor and send out the invites.

Make the invites match the theme and be sure to ask them to RSVP as soon as possible. You need to know how many people will be attending to plan the best party.

 

Choose some games

All bachelorette parties need games no matter whether it is a small get-together or a huge bash.

Of course, you want to try and match the games with the theme as much as possible. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Beach blanket bingo
  • How well do you know the bride?
  • Bachelorette roulette
  • Pin the kiss on the Mister
  • Beer pong with fancy glasses
  • Never have I ever

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Secure transportation for the partygoers

No matter how many people you have and where you end up, you want to make sure everyone has a safe ride home. Your friends will appreciate it too. Plan for a party bus, limo, or hire an all-night Uber.

 

Some great spots to party

The list is endless in New York, but you want something that will fit your needs.

Some of the rooftop venues are for large groups while others can only handle a few. We found a few nice spots to choose from.


#1 Refinery Rooftop

Known as the crown jewel and named #1 Rooftop Bar & Hotel for three years, this chic spot has views of the Empire State Building and Manhattan like you cannot get anywhere else.

The indoor/outdoor floor plan holds 80 guests indoors, 100 in the atrium, and 80 on the outdoor terrace.

You also get a variety of amenities like:

  • DJ booth
  • Entertainment
  • Sound system
  • Fireplace
  • Flatscreen TVs
  • Sushi bar
  • Kosher food
  • Photo booth
  • Private elevators
  • Retractable roof
  • Wi-Fi

www.refineryhotelnewyork.com

 

#2 Monarch Rooftop

If you have a huge guest list (and budget), check out the Monarch Rooftop on West 35th with room for 200 in the Skylight Lounge or 100 on the Royal Terrace.

They both have party planning, delicious cocktail appetizers, and a variety of drinks. Located on the 18th floor, this place is one of the best with views like no other.

www.monarchrooftop.com

 

#3 The Crown

For a smaller guest list, on the 21st floor of Hotel 50 Bowery, you can find the majestic Crown.

They can seat up to 50 guests for dining or host up to 100 standing, and the views of the city from the top of this building are stunning, to say the least.

They also have catering and drinks for each of their two terraces.

www.thecrownnyc.com


Take pictures

Regardless of where you choose to party, make sure you party responsibly so you can have fun without worry.

And take a lot of photos to share on social media. This is one party you will not want to forget.

Lastly, if you enjoyed reading about the best rooftop venues for a Bachelorette party in New York, take a look at a few other Rooftop options: Best NYC Rooftop Bars for Your Night Out.


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Best off-beat musical venues in New York

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Come explore some of the best off-beat musical venues in New York for locals and curious visitors! You’ll be sure to have a great time!

Best off-beat musical venues in New York Behind the Scenes NYC

Today, we will share with you some hot tips of the best off-beat musical venues in New York that you have to add to your to Must-See spots in town!

New York officially adopted the nickname “The Big Apple” in 1971 to woo tourists, and what an incredible job it’s done!

The city finds a place in most travel itineraries of people traveling to the US, and for good reason.

It’s rammed with famous musical venues, right from Carnegie Hall to Bowery Ballroom. All of which do their bit to attract music enthusiasts in large numbers.

However, just like all cities, NYC has some less ‘touristy’ musical venues too. Places that few non-locals actually know about.

So, if you’re a New Yorker or just an audiophile, read on to take a closer look at some of the slightly more ‘off-beat’ musical destinations the city has to offer…


Off-beat musical venues in New York

As a music lover hunting for ‘outside the box’ tourist destinations in NYC, you cannot afford to miss these 4 tourist spots off your itinerary…

 

#1 Pete’s Candy Store

Pete’s Candy Store stands on Lorimer Street in Brooklyn.

And, even though it’s not the biggest tourist hot-spot, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to music. In fact, it hosts musical performances!

Book yourself a ticket & you can help yourself to cocktails, snacks, and sandwiches, all whilst listening to a music performance.

But you know the best part? They’re free to attend!

The venue also hosts an open mic every Sunday, Quizzo on Wednesdays, and a reading competition called Dead Pete’s Society (a society to remember past poets) on a Friday.

Location: 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

https://www.petescandystore.com

 

#2 Jalopy Theater

Fans of traditional folk music & live performances, need to get themselves to the Jalopy Theater.

Besides folk music itself has roots across other genres including country, bluegrass etc., so there’s a high chance it’ll be a vibe that most will enjoy.

You could also attend one of its many festivals like Roots n’ Ruckus Fest, The Brooklyn Folk Festival, and Midwinter Jug Band Rendezvous.

To make things even more interesting, they even offer adults classes and workshops, giving you the chance to learn various musical instruments like the banjo, fiddle, harmonica, guitar, and mandolin.

Location: 317 Columbia Street, Brooklyn

https://jalopytheatre.org

 

#3 Barbes

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Barbes, a combination of bar and performance space, has hosted more than 18,000 performances ever since its opening in 2002.

The venue first came about because of two French expatriates, who wished to provide a space for non-commercial musical projects.

In essence, it’s a small clubroom with a focus on the worldwide music scene.

There’s always some form of cultural music playing, be it Western classics, more American style genres or even music from places far as France or Brazil.

You can jump into events here from Monday to Friday between 5 PM to 2 AM and Saturday and Sunday between 2 PM to 2 AM.

Location: 376 9th Street, Brooklyn

https://www.barbesbrooklyn.com

 

#4 Flushing Town Hall

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Flushing Town Hall is a landmark in Queens (NYC) that’s steeped in history.

Aside from serving as a bank, jail, courthouse, and assembly hall, it’s now known for being a multidisciplinary venue for music & the arts.

Today, the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) looks to encourage jazz performances; the hall itself has been host to some of the best jazz performances in the USA!

Today, it hosts a whole range of musical events, showcasing all the various musical traditions from across the globe.

Plus, while you’re there, you could also enjoy Korean, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, American, and Taiwanese cuisines, as food is served regularly too.

Location: 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing

https://www.flushingtownhall.org


So yeah, that’s 4 lesser-known musical event destinations you can find tucked away in New York – AKA: The Big Apple!

Oh, and if you enjoyed this post, and you’re a Jazz Lover, be sure to check out these Must-See Jazz Spots In Harlem and our amazing Youtube video on them!


Credits: All images courtesy of the venues and Edward Eyer

Best NYC Rooftop Bars For Your Night Out

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It’s a well-known fact that New Yorkers love exploring rooftops during the warmer months of the year – actually, all year long, lol! Now, with social distancing, they are great options to enjoy some time outside! So, check out some of the best NYC rooftop bars!

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Today we’re going to share with you a list of some of the best NYC rooftop bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn!

Rooftop bars in New York are popular in the summer because of their revitalizing breezes, skyline views, and relief from the crowded streets.

Since outdoor dining is the only way you can indulge in communal drinking, rooftop bars have become necessary than ever before.

If you are looking for a break from the home-made cocktails you’ve been forced to make at home since the onset of the COVID pandemic, here is a collection of the best rooftop bars in New York.


#1 Cantina Rooftop [Hell’s Kitchen]

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The Cantina Rooftop bar is on 48th Street. This outdoor space was opened four years ago and offers the best modern Mexican menu. 

You should try their specialty mezcal and tequila cocktails to get the party starting.

One of the main attractions of the Cantina Rooftop bar is its climate-controlled glass rooftop terrace. This bar provides a fantastic panoramic view of Manhattan, which you will enjoy – regardless of the weather or season.  

Location: 605 West 48th Street

https://cantinarooftop.com


#2 The Greens at Pier 17 [South Seaport]

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One of the recently launched rooftops in New York is already one of our favorites NYC rooftop bars to go!

The famous Howard Hughes Corporation owns The Greens at Pier 17. This pier has the Brooklyn Bridge for its backdrop and a rooftop designed to allow the required social-distancing standards.

One end of the space features micro backyards, an inbuilt Yeti cooler, umbrella, and comfortable lounge chairs. You will also find USB ports if you want to charge your device, so don’t worry if you run out of battery during the day.

The other end of the space has lounge areas. You can enjoy delicious lobster rolls and other delicacies in this lounge space. The pier also offers refreshing cocktails like watermelon margaritas. Pretty cool, right!?

Check out the bar’s website for upcoming events. And, for the best experience, it is advisable to make reservations, after all, no one likes to be hanging on a waiting list…

Location: 89 South Street

https://thegreens.pier17ny.com


#3 74WYTHE [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]

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Side from exploring great public rooftop bars, you might consider this one for your private event.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re hosting a party or want an intimate gathering place, the 74Wythe has got you covered.

This outdoor space will surely create unforgettable memories for you and your guests. 74Wythe has a priceless view of Manhattan’s amazing skyline, with an all-season rooftop.

If you want privacy, you can ask for a private loft. There is also a spacious main room and a chic, elegantly furnished Greenroom for you to chose from. Or, you can decide to enjoy your drinks at the concealed cocktail lounge.

Remember to make reservations in advance and enjoy! Oh, and we’re sure your guests will be talking about your party for months!

Location: 74 Wythe Avenue

www.74wythe.com


#4 Ophelia at the Beekman Tower [Midtown East]

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As they say: “Drink & dine like Frank Sinatra.” So, if this is what you’re looking for, you found the right place!

Ophelia is situated at the top of the popular Beekman Tower. It has an impressive Art-Deco design, which includes restored elements of vintage artifacts such as old tarot cards and flapper hats.

You can expect some of the best well-crafted cocktails at this outdoor space. They won’t disappoint!

So, enjoy your cocktails and favorite drinks while reflecting on the panoramic view of the East River with Roosevelt Island right in the middle!

Location: 3 Mitchell Place

https://thebeekmantowerny.com/ophelia


#5 Mr. Purple [Lower East Side]

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If you like to party, this is the place to do so and this spot couldn’t be left out of our list of best NYC rooftop bars that you should explore!

Mr. Purple is a rooftop bar situated above Hotel Indigo at the Lower East Side of New York.

This rooftop bar is where you will find a fun, young crowd and the who’s who in New York getting their groove on. It’s even on Holy Burt’s post “The Perfect Girl’s Night Out in NYC“, if you want to check it out.

Expect awesome cocktails and take selfies in this chic space that provides 360-degree views of the city.

You shouldn’t leave this bar without enjoying THE Mr. Purple – a punch of tequila, allspice dram, cranberry liqueur, lemon, and apple. Also, make sure you try out the fish tacos and buttermilk fried chicken sliders. Yum!

Location: 180 Orchard Street – 15th floor

www.mrpurplenyc.com


#6 The Crown [Chinatown]

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If you thought Brooklyn was the only place you would enjoy impressive views of Manhattan, think again. And, if you twist your nose when people talk about Chinatown, it’s about time to reconsider that thought.

Situated on Chinatown’s Hotel 50 Bowery, The Crown is loved for its intimate lounge, unobstructed views of Brooklyn Bridge, and rooftop patios.

You also have a perfect view of One World Trade and The Empire State Building from this strategic location.

You can expect great drinks and a therapeutic atmosphere at The Crown. It is advisable to make reservations in advance, as we always recommend. 

Location: 50 Bowery

www.thecrownnyc.com


#7 Top of The Box [Greenpoint, Brooklyn]

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Initially, this rooftop bar was used exclusively for wedding parties and their guests. As of July of this year, anyone who wants to party has access to the Box House Hotel – a 10,000-square-foot rooftop.

This is one of the only bar and restaurant in New York that has a retractable rooftop.

You will find lots of room for seating, including the adorable cozy hanging chairs. Plus, their unobstructed view of Manhattan is definitely worth experiencing.

Top of the Box offers small bites and drinks in the form of wine, cocktails, and bottle service. And they’ll be hosting some cool events through out the Summer like morning Yoga Classes with YO BK and other cool activities!

This spot is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Make reservations in advance to avoid last-minute disappointment.

Location: 77 Box Street

https://theboxhousehotel.com


#8 Summerly [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]

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The name of this rooftop bar is enticing.

Situated above the Hoxton Hotel, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, you can expect to experience New England vibes here.

The delicious flatbreads and lobster rolls will leave you craving for more. And, of course, the unique view of the Manhattan’s skyline is breathtaking.

The restaurant boasts of its own elevator and the hotel observes all distancing rules with several sanitizing stations and digital ordering. 

Location: 97 Wythe Avenue

https://thehoxton.com/williamsburg/summerly-restaurant


#9 Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge [Garment District]

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New York City’s biggest indoor and outdoor hotel rooftop bar is an ideal adult playground.

The lounge features a topiary garden, mini-golf, and rotating seats. In addition, expect to enjoy the soothing sounds of talented DJs during the night.

You will definitely have a good time with great drinks and a panoramic view of our beautiful Empire State Building. This rooftop spot is designed to allow you to self-indulge and have an enjoyable nightlife. 

Location: 485 7th Avenue – 18th floor

http://moxytimessquare.com/dining/magic-hour-rooftop-bar-lounge


In Conclusion:

If you are tired of isolating yourself at home and making monotonous cocktails, it’s high time you went out for communal drinking.

There are many rooftop bars in New York that observe all the social distancing and sanitizing standards. Before you visit any of these rooftop bars, you should make an online reservation to avoid long waiting time.

Go enjoy some of the best NYC rooftop bar and come back to leave your comments or even share new discoveries with us! We’d love to know what you’ve been up to!


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The Perfect Girl’s Night Out in NYC with Holly Burt

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“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!

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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).

The past couple of years I was featured on shows like TLC- primetime documentary, Comedy Centrals – Tosh.0, The Travel Channel, the New York Post and much more!

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.

So, take a look at Holly Burt’s 7 spots to enjoy the perfect girl’s night out in New York City:


Good Night Sonny

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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!

Hours:
Daily, until 4am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Location: 134 1st Avenue

https://www.goodnightsonnynyc.com


Souvlaki GR (LES)

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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.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 12:30am

Location: 116 Stanton Street

https://www.souvlakigr.com


Lovers of Today

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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

https://www.facebook.com/loversoftoday


Mr. Purple

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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!

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 4pm – 2am
Thursday & Friday: 4pm – 4am
Saturday: 11am – 4am
Sunday: 11am – 2am

Location: 180 Orchard Street, 15th Floor

https://www.mrpurplenyc.com


Double Down Saloon

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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.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 4am
Saturday: 10am – 4am
Sunday: 11am – 4am

Location: 14 Avenue A

https://doubledownsaloon.com/nyc


Turks Inn

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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.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 6pm – 11pm

Location: 234 Starr Street

https://turksnyc.com


House of Yes

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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

https://houseofyes.org


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

No Sleep in NYC: Best Places to Go for a Night Out

Nightlife Bars Best Places to Go for a Night Out NYC

New York is definitely NOT the place to sleep! So, take a look at the best places to go for a night out that will make your New York experience memorable!

Nightlife Bars Best Places to Go for a Night Out NYC

Almost every movie set in New York highlights the best spots that are sure to make you wish you could teleport there in an instant.

If you ever find yourself in the city that never sleeps, be sure to craft an itinerary of all the best spots open at night.

There’s something for everyone in a city as diverse as New York City, so you’re sure to find the crowds where you’ll feel most welcome.

Here are some of the best places to go for a night out to remember.


Nightlife Bars Best Places to Go for a Night Out NYC Jazz Clubs
Photo Credit: Renata Meirelles

Visit a Jazz Bar

NYC is a jazz destination – actually it was the jazz epicenter – where many of the biggest names in the genre like Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker launched their careers.

Luckily, there are still a number of jazz bars you can hit up for live performances.

Our ‘Must-See Jazz Spots in Harlem’ focused on the best traditional spots in the neighborhood, but there are actually quite a few others around the city.


Blue Note

The Blue Note proudly boasts its reputation as the jazz capital of the world.

It houses new talents as well as veterans like Chick Corea. Their Facebook page says that they’ve been one of the world’s most premier clubs and cultural institutions since 1981.

You’re in for a surprise, as throughout the week, celebrities often make special appearances.

Location: 131 West 3rd Street (b/t 6th Avenue & MacDougal Street)

www.bluenotejazz.com


The Village Vanguard

Located in Greenwich Village, The Village Vanguard has been a legendary location since 1935.

Over 100 jazz albums have been recorded here.

Patrons have to refrain from speaking loudly, taking videos and photos, as well as using their phones – they’re all about enjoying the music and respecting the artists at The Village Vanguard.

Location: 178 7th Avenue S

https://villagevanguard.com


Nightlife Bars Best Places to Go for a Night Out NYC Resort World Casino
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Resort World Casino

The Casino Scene

While casinos are not as widespread in the city as other major gaming hubs, the New York Times reports that state officials are considering putting casinos in NYC, due to how popular casino-resorts are in major cities across the globe.

PPPoker’s LinkedIn page shows that major poker events are held everywhere from Argentina to London, showcasing its increasingly global player base.

If you fancy a bit of gambling while in New York, the following places offer just that and much more.


Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct

This is an obvious choice as it’s the only casino currently within the boundaries of the city in Queens.

Originally a “racino” (horse racing track), there are also video slots for gambling in some arenas, as well as table games if that’s more up your style.

Location: 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY

www.rwnewyork.com


Empire City Casino

Twenty miles north of Time Square is Empire City in Yonkers, which features another racino as well as more video slot machines.

It’s not too far from main haunts like the Bronx, and is just thirty minutes away from Queens.

It’s quite a memorable destination and it attracts a younger crowd since the minimum age of playing is 18 and not 21.

Location: 810 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers

https://www.empirecitycasino.com


Nightlife Bars Best Places to Go for a Night Out NYC Blind Barber
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Find a Hidden Speakeasy

NYC has a number of nightclubs and bars for any occasion, but if you’re in the mood for something low-key, a speakeasy might be a good pick. It’s surely part of the best places to go for a night out in New York City!

The Prohibition was the heyday for New Yorkers who wanted to unwind and let loose with some quiet drinks.

But while it’s no longer forbidden, the thrill of having secret bars remains unparalleled and NYC still has some hidden gems in the most unexpected places.

And, they’re sure to make you feel like you’re experiencing a blast from the past.


Attaboy

Attaboy is as clandestine as far as secret bars go.

This place doesn’t accept reservations, nor does it offer a menu.

Those who have heard about this little spot know that they can only enter on two conditions: if their party (of no more than six) is complete, and if they knock on the barely labeled door.

Bespoke drinks can be quite pricey, but they are made to your liking.

Location: 134 Eldridge Street

http://attaboy.us


The Blind Barber

Barbershop by day and bar by night, The Blind Barber is a nondescript bar in the space’s back lounge.

Their menu features loads of specialty and curated cocktails and you can either chill out at the back, or hang out in front of the DJ booth if you’re feeling more energetic.

Location: 339 East 10th Street

https://blindbarber.com


Pick and choose from the best places to go for a night out that appeal most to you. You’re sure to have the best adventure around New York!

The next time you visit, you may come up with your own recommendations! And, we’d love to hear them!


Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of the venues

26 Best Parties In New York For New Year’s Eve 2020

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 by Noel Y Calingasan

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, so take a look at our selection of the 26 best parties in New York for New Year’s Eve 2020!

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 by Noel Y Calingasan
Photo Credit: Noel Y. Calingasan (@NYCLovesNYC)

It’s that time of year once again! New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and we’re here to help you figure out which party to go to!

There are parties all over the city, for every different style and age, but tickets are selling out fast!

So, take a look below at the 26 best parties in New York for New Year’s Eve 2020.


#1 Westlight at The William Vale

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Westlight William Vale Hotel

Ring in 2020 at Westlight, in Williamsburg, the 22nd-floor rooftop bar overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Festivities include an open bar, specialty cocktails, music by The Craig Hill Band, and a Champagne Toast at midnight.

Don your most festive attire and be prepared to cut a rug on the dance floor in the sky as you welcome 2020!

All guests must be 21 or over. Festive cocktail attire suggested.

General Admission includes:

  • Party access
  • Open bar (until 1:00am)
  • Champagne toast at midnight!

Table Reservations include:

  • Party access with reserved table for the evening
  • Open bar (until 1:00am)
  • Selection of shared plates
  • Festive party favors
  • Champagne toast at midnight!

Hours: 9pm – 3am

Location: The William Vale Hotel (22nd Floor), 111 North 12th Street

www.westlightnyc.com


#2 The River Café

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 The River Cafe

The River Café is located in one of New York’s most noteworthy and romantic settings, and is well known around the world as a wonderful culinary destination.

Nestled riverside under the Brooklyn Bridge, The River Café exudes romance with its breathtaking NYC skyline views, gorgeous atmosphere and above all our classic American cuisine.

As a Michelin-starred restaurant, The River Café similarly boasts one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world. Chef Brad Steelman’s menu proudly complements the changing seasons, featuring a classic American menu of elegance and refinement.

Location: One Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn

https://rivercafe.com


#3 The Pierre New York

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Pierre Taj Hotel

Dance the night away to DJ music as Two E transforms into a sophisticated, 21st century speakeasy.

Enjoy premium open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Feast on delicious classics from our raw bar and satisfy your taste buds with festive canapés created by The Pierre’s renowned culinary team.

Get into the holiday spirit with complimentary party favors while watching a live feed of Times Square. Ticket prices also include after midnight admission to Big Band dancing in The Pierre’s iconic Rotunda!

VIP tickets (10:00 pm entry) include reserved seating and three-hour open bar. General admission (after 11:00 pm) includes two-hour open bar.

Hours: 10pm – 1am

Location: 2 East 61st Street

www.thepierreny.com


#4 Dance of Vice

Celebrate the dawn of a new decade with an evening of debonair decadence at Dances of Vice’s “Demimonde” and traverse through a carnivalesque fete for the senses at the Down Town Association, a landmarked four story, multi-room old world speakeasy.

Dress to impress, and you may be invited to explore additional secret rooms housing cloak-and-dagger deeds.

Black tie, vintage glamour, dandy fashion, burlesque boudoir, fetish fantasy, weimar decadence + fantasy ball dress code will be enforced.

Hours: 9pm – 2:30am

Location: 60 Pine Street

www.dancesofvice.com


#5 The Roxy Hotel

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 The Roxy Hotel

We love the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca and we’re always at the Django to listen to some great live music.

For their New Years, experience a Late premium open bar and hors d’oeuvres 9:00pm – 1:00am. Live performance 10pm – 11pm by: David Johansen; Sounds by: Bailey Leiter Erik Tonnesen Radio Rahill.

Hosted by: Morrison Hotel Gallery, Mick Rock, Jimmy Webb, John Barrett, Kristin Gallegos, Liz Vap.

Hours: 9pm – 1am

Location: 2 6th Avenue

www.roxyhotelnyc.com


#6 Up&Down

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Up And Down

This New Year’s Eve, downtown style gets an upscale twist at New York City’s Up & Down, a leading nightlife playground for NYC’s elite.

A product of The Butter Group (1 OAK), Up & Down straddles the border of glitzy neighborhoods Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, and is a hub for celebrities and NYC’s VIP crowd.

With its cutting-edge design and buzzy scene, Up & Down sets the stage for an ultra-chic New Year’s Eve party. A 4-hour premium open bar keeps the party going strong, while a live DJ pumps up the dance floor with a dynamic selection of open format Top 40, Hip-Hop, and House hits.

When midnight arrives, the DJ leads the crowd in a countdown to the New Year with a complimentary champagne toast to perfect the moment. Opt for a more velvet-rope experience with an Ultra/Platinum Ticket or Table Package which offer exclusive perks including reserved table seating and top-of-the-line bottle service.

Hours: 8pm – 4pm

Location: 244 West 14th Street

www.uadnyc.com


#7 Rockwood Music Hall

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Rockwood Music Hall

Sammy Rae & The Friends – New Year’s Eve w/ Behaviorist and Will Leet – Rockwood Stage 2, at Rockwood Music Hall.

There is a ONE DRINK MINIMUM for standing and bar stools, and TWO DRINK MINIMUM at tables.

Limited seating is available on a first come first served basis.

Advance tickets are available online until 5:30PM, day of show. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door at showtime.

Hours: Doors open at 8pm, show starts 8:30pm

Location: 196 Allen Street

http://rockwoodmusichall.com


#8 Rainbow Room

Quintessential New York glamour finds its home 65 stories above historic Rockefeller Center. Crowning the timeless Manhattan skyline, the iconic Rainbow Room offers a modern twist on classic old-world charm, making it the perfect place to ring in 2020!

Guests are invited to enjoy a cocktail hour in the Gallery followed by a seated four-course dinner in the Rainbow Room with dancing and a live performance from the Kevin Osborne Band. Dress code: Black tie!

Included with your ticket:

  • Premium Open Bar*
  • Cocktail Hour Featuring Passed Canapés
  • Elegant Four-Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings
  • Dessert Buffet Extravaganza
  • Premier Live Entertainment
  • Dancing on the Famed Dance Floor
  • Celebratory Midnight Toast
  • Party Continues in the Rainbow Room until 2am
  • Coat Check Provided by the Venue

Hours: 8pm – 2am

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor

https://rainbowroom.com


#9 The Campbell Bar

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Campbell Apartment Grand Central Terminal

Paying  homage to the legacy of John W. Campbell, a Jazz Age financier who converted  the space to his private office and reception hall in 1923, The Campbell showcases many of the thirteenth century Florentine-inspired design intricacies that upheld its legendary allure.

It also includes a soaring, 25-foot hand painted ceilings, a grand stone fireplace, Campbell’s personal steel safe, a century-old leaded glass window and original millwork.

Ring in the New Year with The Campbell Bar in iconic NY fashion! Enjoy a DJ, passed appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Black tie suggested.

Hours: 8pm – 2am

Location: 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (Between 42nd and 43rd Street)

www.thecampbellnyc.com


#10 McKittrick Hotel

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 McKittrick Hotel

The McKittrick Hotel is well known for their countless parties throughout the year and we have to agree, they really know how to throw a party! Plus, it’s the home of one of New York’s most amazing theatrical experiences: Sleep No More.

For New Year, experience a One-Night-Only dazzling performances, Open-Bar all night long and world class musicians!

Guests should come dressed to the nines in their New Year’s finery, in chic shades of midnight blue, gold, silver, and black. Or with a thematic flair inspired by cosmic wonders or explorers of the world.

Hours: Depends on your ticket option!

Location: 530 West 27th Street

https://mckittrickhotel.com


#11 Brooklyn Bowl

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Brooklyn Bowl

Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bowl is a great spot for a fun night with locals!

Enjoy a night having fun on a VIP bowling lane, or just chill listening to some great bands!

“We specialize in unforgettable live music experiences and events. Known for groundbreaking integration of premiere music, 16 lanes of bowling, a bar featuring locally crafted beers, and food by the acclaimed Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn Bowl — aka “rock and roll heaven” (Village Voice) — boasts a sound system and amenities that “no other local rock club can offer” (The New York Times).”

Hours: Depends on your ticket option!

Location: 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

www.brooklynbowl.com


#12 Melrose Ballroom

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Melrose Ballroom

A Multi-level 25,000 square feet venue located just 5 minutes from Manhattan in the heart of Long Island City!

Dj Rokesh & Gharmai Record Events’ Annual NYE Rooftop countdown event running 4th time this year. And each year’s success has been bigger and better. Once again by popular demand we invite you to their New Year’s Eve Rooftop Party 2020 at Melrose Ballroom.

Spectacular city views, floor to ceiling windows, indoor and outdoor space, satellite kitchen, and top shelf bar. It gets no better than this.

Hours: 9pm to 5am

Location: 36-08 33rd Street, Queens

www.melroseballroomnyc.com


#13 Avant Gardner

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Avant Gardner by Bryan Kwon

This New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, The Cityfox Odyssey returns for another 27-hour journey through 4 impeccable rooms of music featuring the biggest Cityfox lineup ever curated.

They will again transform Avant Gardner into a sprawling festival grounds across two city blocks with lounges and creature comforts in addition to the music stages.

Re-entry is permitted subject to capacity, and full-day ticket holders will receive priority.

Limited tables available.

Hours: 9pm – 12pm (January 1st)

Location: 140 Stewart Avenue, Brooklyn

www.avant-gardner.com


#14 Patent Pending

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Patent Pending

Toast to 2020 at Patent Pending!!

Join them for an intimate New Year’s Eve soiree on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019.

Enter through Patent Coffee and start the party with our 3.5 hour-long open bar package including our house cocktails, champagne, Prosecco and hors d’oeuvres.

They’ll provide a special evening complete with NYE party favors and a festive environment – serving up the best NYC has to offer.

New Year’s Eve festive dress attire is not required but highly encouraged!!

Hours: 9:30pm – 1am

Location: 49 West 27th Street

www.patentpendingnyc.com


#15 Brooklyn Brewery

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Brooklyn Brewery

Dress as your favorite decade and kick off 2020 with plenty of beer, food & friends!

Toss out the dregs of 2019 and welcome a new year of beer with us at our traditional New Year’s Eve Brewery Bash on Tuesday, December 31 at 10 PM.

The theme this year is Down with the Decades, so put on your favorite throwback style to represent the 60s, 80s, or even the 1880s. This is one of their favorite annual celebrations, and there’s no finer way to clean the slate for 2020 than another round of excellent beer and lots of leg warmers and bell-bottoms.

Leave Times Square to the rookies and join them for one of the best New Year’s bash around. This party is stuffed to the gills with music, food and fun:

  • An all vinyl set from Jesse Sachs (aka DJ Pourover) that will take you through the decades with plenty of disco, funk, pop and hip hop
  • Late night taco bar from Tacombi to help you fuel up for the dance floor
  • Open beer bar featuring all of your favorites and some very special barrel-aged releases
  • End of year raffle with Brooklyn swag and prizes for a few lucky partygoers

And at midnight they’ll continue their time-honored tradition of kicking off the New Year with a toast of an unreleased Ghost Bottle, fresh from their Barrel Aging Facility. New Year, new beer, as the old saying goes.

Dress is casual, so feel free to throw on comfy shoes and leave the black tie at home.

Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

Hours: 10pm – 1am

Location: 79 North 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

https://brooklynbrewery.com


#16 Electric Room

Ring in 2019 at Electric Room with a champagne toast at midnight!

Dream Downtown is a boutique hotel located in New York City’s Meatpacking District, with an emphasis on service and after-dark possibilities.

Admission tickets include access to The Electric Room and The Gallery with Open Bar: 8pm – 12:30am.

Lurking deep beneath the hotel, this intimate subterranean room has mastered a distinctly cool speakeasy feel.

The Electric Room bathes beautiful night-crawlers of all stripes in Rule Britannia cool with its wood-paneled walls, gothic chandeliers, subversive graffiti, leather sofas upholstered with the Union Jack Flag, and custom back-painted antique mirrors.

Hours: 8pm – 4am

Location: 355 West 16th Street, at Dream Downtown

http://electricroomnyc.com


#17 Elsewhere

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Elsewhere by Nietoodickens

Elsewhere is a live music venue, nightclub and arts space, housed in a converted warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Elsewhere lives by an ethos of creative risk-taking, progressive music programming, respect for all people and art, and a desire to support and grow the communities that make it all possible.

The venue has multiple performance spaces, a large rooftop, a gallery, a loft café, and an outdoor courtyard, and operates a seasonal art program called Landscape.

What to expect for New Years? Well, it’s often difficult to predict what direction a Sybil Jason set will take you. Traversing emotional house, percolating electro and hypnotic techno, the New York artist sculpts an exceptional narrative every time she’s on the decks.

Champagne toast at midnight at one of the best parties in New York for New Year’s Eve 2020.

Hours: 9pm – 6am

Location: 599 Johnson Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn

www.elsewherebrooklyn.com


#18 Metropolis

On Tuesday, December 31st, we invite you to ring in the New Year in decadence at Metropolis NYE’s A Passage To The Forbidden Garden, an immersive experience blending nightlife and a world of fantasy at Sony Hall for a glamorous New Year’s Eve event.

Featuring a 5-hour premium open bar from 9pm to 2am.

The shining gem of the New York scene in the 1940s, Sony Hall reopens its doors 62 years later beneath the luxurious Paramount hotel for a special New Year’s celebration.

Step into this glamorous NY gem that has been described as a cross between a church, an opera house, and a bordello. Let their DJ’s build up to the energy of ringing in 2020 with a bang.

On this night, you will feel the electrifying energy pulsating through the air in modern day Metropolis, New York City, as guests enter the New Year’s Eve 2019 experience.

An experience blending nightlife and a world of fantasy at Sony Hall featuring international DJs & live performances throughout the evening bringing Metropolis, A Passage To The Forbidden Garden, to life.

Features:

  • Full Five (5) Hours Premium Open Bar (9PM-2AM)
  • Live DJ & Immersive Performances
  • Dress to impress

Hours: starts 9pm

Location: Inside the Paramount Hotel Times Square on 235 West 46th Street

www.metropolisnye.com


#19 Zinc Bar

Acclaimed jazz pianist Ethan Iverson brings his formidable trio to Zinc Bar ft. vocalist Marcy Harriell for a splendid evening of jazz and the music of Burt Bachrach. He’s supported by bassist Corcoran Holt and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza.

Pianist, composer, and writer Ethan Iverson was a founding member of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.”

During his 17-year tenure TBP performed in venues as diverse as the Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, and Bonnaroo; collaborated with Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and the Mark Morris Dance Group; and created a faithful arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and a radical reinvention of Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction.

Bar: $25. Tickets: $50 for the 9:00 pm show/ $90 for the 11:00 pm show with a New Year Champagne toast.

Hours: Showtimes are at 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm

Location: 82 West 3rd Street

https://zincjazz.com


#20 Secret Loft

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Secret Loft

Ring in the New Year with an intimate, magical party with aerialists, live music, dancing and DJ’s. They’ll have a live broadcast of the countdown and an in-person human aerialist ball drop and massive balloon drop at midnight!

What to expect?

  • Great DJ’s and Dancing
  • Aerialists
  • Massive Balloon Drop at Midnight
  • Aerialist “Ball” Drop
  • Live Latin/Caribbean Music

Live Music from Strings N Skins.

Strings N Skins celebrates their Caribbean, Latin American and African heritage through the dynamic and explosive blend of the violin and the djembe. The band was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2015 by vocalist and percussionist Okai and Latin Grammy Award Winner violinist Luisa Bastidas.

Hours: 9pm – 4am

Location: 137 W 14th Street, Buzzer Secret Loft, 2nd Floor

www.secretloftnyc.com


#21 Wythe Hotel

2020 at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn!

Lemon’s will be home to a disco-inspired fete hosted by Boy Michi with all night soundtrack from their beloved babe on the decks, Nelleke.

Table reservations have an $100/pp minimum spend after 9pm ($75 for tables 7pm – 8:30pm).  Walk-ins are $20 at the door.

Complimentary champagne toast at midnight!

Ask about their custom large format cocktails, magnums, and platters available for pre-order.

Hours: starts at 7pm

Location: 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

https://wythehotel.com


#22 Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Saint John The Divine Concert for Peace

Before the New Year party celebrations begin, you might want to attend the famous New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace at Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event with performances by the Cathedral Choir and Orchestra led by Director of Music Kent Tritle.

Harry Smith, host. Special guests Paul Winter, Judy Collins, Jamet Pittman, Jason Robert Brown, and David Briggs.

General admission seats are free and open to the public on the night of the show. Reserved seats are available now.

Hours: 7pm – 8:30pm

Location: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street)

www.stjohndivine.org


#23 House of Yes

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 House of Yes

Abstraction is reality. Surrealism is Truth.

Time is a construct …and the year is infinity.

Together we make sense of glamorous senseless and dress in the bizarre nonsense of the New Year.

Past and Future do not exist.

All we have is Realness. And Absurdity.

Be what you are. Do what you love.

Nothing can stop you, except yourself.

Accept yourself.

Enjoy New Year’s Even at the House of Yes, featuring: Live Art, AV Installations, Body Art & Beauty Bar, Chill Out Lounge, Psychedelic Psychics, Live Illusionists, Aerial Artistry, Real Magic and Fake Eyelashe.

Dress code: Fancy Fantasy & Obscure Overload, The True You, Psychedelic styles & Optical Illusions, LSD Excellence, Fullest Expression of your Surreal & Sexy Self, Gorgeous Gala & Alter Ego, Character Catastrophe, Mix and Match Magic, Trippy Shit, Art Pop Perfection.

House of Yes is a space for everyone to feel welcome. We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, unwanted touch, homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, ableist, or ageist behavior.

Hours: 9pm – 4am

Location: 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn

https://houseofyes.org


#24 Cipriani 42nd Street

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Cipriani 42nd Street

And still, in our Best Parties In New York For New Year’s Eve 2020, treat yourself to a New Year’s Eve night of unparalleled splendor at Times Square, NYC’s most sophisticated private event venue.

This elegant and white-hot soiree kicks off with a 6-hour premium open bar serving Cipriani’s delectable libations and continues with special complimentary amenities including passed hors d’oeuvres in early evening and festive NYE party favors.

Watch as this best-dressed crowd adorn themselves with the holiday spirit as they take a spin on Cipriani’s remarkable dance floor in the magnificent Grand Ballroom. To make sure this party sizzles, a live DJ will perform the most crowd-pleasing hits of Top 40, Hip Hop, House, and Dance.

As befits Cipriani’s luxurious reputation, guests may opt for special VIP tickets – like Ultra and Platinum VIP Packages – that offer exclusive amenities like table service, priority admission, reserved seating, and more.

You’ll feel like royalty when midnight rolls around and you join the gorgeous crowd in a captivating live count down. Raise your complimentary glass of Prosecco and toast to a grand New Year.

Bask in the magnificence of Cipriani 42 this New Year’s Eve. This NYC landmark was originally constructed as a bank in 1921 and has retained the sumptuousness of the interior ever since.

The breathtaking Grand Ballroom inspires awe in its towering 65’ ceiling, delicate chandeliers, and soaring marble columns. NYC’s jetsetters and most elegant partiers look to Cipriani’s as the opulent scene befitting the most NYC-exclusive events.

Originating in Italy as a name in haute cuisine and culture, Cipriani’s has since become an institution in luxury venues and this NYE, you can play like the most privileged NYC crowd with Cipriani’s resplendent NYE bash.

Hours: 9pm – 3am

Location: 110 East 42nd Street

https://www.cipriani.com


#25 Zuma NYC

Cheers to new beginnings at Zuma for your New Year’s Eve 2020 dinner and soiree!

Reservations booked before 7:30pm may order from their a la carte menu or available omakase tasting menu options.

Reservations booked at or after 8pm may choose from a la carte menu or available omakase tasting menu options.

For reservations booked at or after 8pm, there will be a minimum spend per person $165 per person (not inclusive of tax or gratuity).

Hours: Multiple hours.

Location: 261 Madison Avenue

https://zumarestaurant.com


#26 Lot 45

26 Best Parties In New York for New Years Eve 2020 Lot 45 Bushwick

A night of debauchery through celebration and music as we end one decade and welcome a new one. Come celebrate with them on this special night.

The music is going to be amazing and the vibes will be memorable.

They are only selling a limited amount of tickets for this event for a more intimate vibe.

Hours: 10pm – 4am

Location: 411 Troutman Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn

www.lot45bushwick.com



Photo Credit: Courtesy of venues, Noel Y. Calingasan, Nietodickens, Bryan Kwon and Hechler Photographers

Patent Pending: One of our favorite speakeasy bars in NYC

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Patent Pending is truly one of our favorite speakeasy bars in NYC. It’s hidden behind a fake wall, inside a small Nomad coffee shop in Manhattan! As they say: “Paying homage to thinking outside the box.”

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Hidden behind a fake wall, inside a tiny coffee shop in the heart Manhattan, Patent Pending has one of our favorite speakeasy bars in NYC. And, with one of the most creative cocktail menus in town!

See our short and fun IGTV!

The specific neighborhood is Nomad and it’s housed inside the famous Radio Wave Building, a historical landmark in NYC. The building gets its name from the years that the world-famous inventor and engineer, Nikola Tesla, lived there.

During the day, you’ll just see a normal NYC coffee spot in action, called Patent Café. But, by night, the secret comes to life!

When you find the entrance, type 4-9-2-7 # so that the host opens the glass doors for you.

There are no lights when you walk inside and the coffee shop is closed, but just risk it and you’ll be fine! Ha!

As you walk down a few steps, it all seems odd, since there is no visual sign of a bar and it’s a bit dark. Unfortunately, they don’t accept reservations, so be sure to go early, otherwise you might just end up waiting for quite some time – over 1 hour!

When the time comes of you to enter, the host will lift the countertop and spread open a sliding door that leads to this beautiful, underground, dim lit bar…

…and the door closes behind you.

The place is quite small with only a couple tables, and the bar area is obviously always our preference to sit. ⁠

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⁠They just added 4 new Fall drinks to their menu, so we decided to go and try them.

Their names?

  1. Illuminated Manhattan: With Campfire Whiskey, Aged Rum, Scotch, Madeira…smokey, chocolatey, smooth;⁠ ⁠
  2. Emulating Edison: Their take on a traditional Mulled Wine…warm, spiced and silk;⁠ ⁠
  3. Static Pet Theory: Genever, Shochu, Islay Single Malt, Tomatillo, Egg White and Umami…smooth and savory;⁠ ⁠
  4. Flash of Inspiration: Roasted Corn Mezcal, Sherry, Islay Single Malt, Smoked Maple Syrup, Green Hatch and Chipotle…spicy, smokey and tart!

Cool, right?

We obviously also had some of their classics as well! And, if you get hungry, they have a few small bites, and even a vegan sandwich option. I tried it and it was delicious! ⁠

The spot is always full, but it’s definitely worth the wait!

Have fun and let us know what you thought of it!


More about the Radio Wave Building:

“This is the building in which Nikola Tesla lived and performed his experiments on radio waves, transmitting them to his laboratory near present day Trinity Church in downtown Manhattan.

The ‘waves’ which guided you here (GPS) and surround you now (WiFi) were envisioned by Tesla more than a century ago.  Born during a lightning storm, Nikola Tesla was a child of light.

An immigrant, an innovator and a patriot, Tesla dreamed of a world which few others could imagine. He was an eccentric genius, an ‘Electric Messiah’.

We toast to him and the countless others that think outside the box, persevering against all odds.”


If you enjoyed this post, take a look at these other 9 speakeasy bars in NYC!

Hours:
Sunday – Wednesday: 5pm – 12am
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 2am

Location: 49 West 27th Street

www.patentpendingnyc.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Patent Pending
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The Water Tower Bar: Hidden NYC Cocktail Bar High Up In The Sky

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There are so many speakeasy bars in New York, but today we came to talk about a NYC Cocktail Bar called The Water Tower Bar. These guys are hidden high up in the sky!

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New Yorkers are all about creativity and searching for unique things to do in the city. We all know that summertime in New York is the best time of the year where businesses get creative to attract you into their “homes”.

In addition, we also know how quick summer can pass by, so you should definitely take advantage of everything that’s going on: from unique experiences like jet skiing in the Hudson River, the best rooftop screenings and open door helicopter tours to get pictures of NY from above!

All of that is truly amazing, but today we want to talk about New York’s nightlife! We aren’t the biggest party peeps around, I have to confess, but we do enjoy exploring some of the best hidden cocktail bars in New York.

You’ll find great bars in so many different parts of New York but, have you ever been to a hidden cocktail bar high up in the sky? Yup, that’s exactly what you read!

The Water Tower Bar, located on the very top of The Williamsburg Hotel has one of the coolest bars you can visit. Why? Well, they literally built an intimate space inside a water tower with probably one of the most amazing skylines views of Manhattan!

Just to start off, it’s a pretty interesting walk up! You have to climb quite a few steps…up and up and up, until you get there.

The bar is not a big, making every night an opportunity to actually meet new people and interact with everyone there. The super high ceiling gives us air to breath, combined with the huge floor-to-ceiling windows offering the priceless view I spoke about!

Rael Petit, the expert mixologist of the house, has done some serious work on these cocktails. And, we can say, he really knows what he’s doing! So, lucky us to have found this spot! Actually, lucky everyone!

We decided to try 3 of their most famous drinks to share with you our thoughts! And, bottom line, they were all AMAZING! Plus, the names are all pretty cool too!

This is what we had:

  • Message in the Bottle: Bacardi 4yr, Clarified Milk Punch, Chinese Cinnamon Cordial, Blue Majik Pineapple Juice and Lemon
  • Big Poppa: Hendricks, St. Germain, Thyme Corial, Egg White, Lemon Juice and Angostura Bitters
  • Blue Jeans: Empress Gin, Salers, Velvet Falernum and Dolin Blanc

And, if we could, we’d just continue on tasting the entire cocktail menu!

We just ordered a small dish with mozzarella cheese to eat before. They do have a few options if you get a bit hungry.

The night we visited was on a Thursday. We had the pleasure of listening to a great reggae Brooklyn-based band that got everyone on the dance floor. The band is called Sundub and the singer is called Joanna Teters. Her voice is really fantastic!! Other nights, they have some of the top DJs in town doing some serious music too!

So, now it your turn to go there, try their cocktails and dance a bit! Don’t forget to get some priceless pictures of Manhattan’s skyline!

If you enjoy these posts and finding the next best NYC Cocktail Bar, take a look at some speakeasies we love.

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 6pm – 4am

Location: 96 Wythe Avenue

https://www.thewilliamsburghotel.com/bars-restaurants


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on March/2020.*

NYC Nightlife: Bar & Club Crawl Tour

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If you enjoy NYC nightlife, try the Bar & Club Crawl – a hosted group experience including live music, rooftop lounges, trendy bars, hidden speakeasies or a vibrant club.


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Yes, New York City is a city known for countless things! From fashion and food, to art and music! And, we couldn’t forget to mention, its endless nightlife.

With a city with just so much to do, a little hand with it comes to bars, rooftops and clubs, is always welcome. There is a reason it’s called “The City That Never Sleeps”, right?

There are many people that reach out to us saying that they are alone in New York, or in a small group, and would love to meet people in NYC!

Others are couples, but would love to join a group to have a great night out!

So, all these problems are solved with this Bar & Club Crawl tour!

Each night includes at least four venues, free admission, skipping the lines and two complimentary drinks.

Pretty awesome, don’t you think?

Oh! Moreover, if you have a bigger party or a corporate group that would love the Bar & Club Crawl tour, but would prefer an exclusive experience, we can certainly make it happen!

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TOUR DETAILS:

  • $35 / person (Free admission to each location)
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Duration: Hosted by nightlife concierge for duration of 4 hours
  • Meeting Location: Dr. Smood Coffee Shop at 181 East Houston Street (at Orchard Street)
  • Two complimentary drinks (some purchase may be required)
  • Express entry to each venue
  • Dress Code: Upscale casual and neat. Moderate walking required. Comfortable shoes recommended
  • 21+ years of age – bring valid government issued ID (passport if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Ticket price includes tax and fees. Gratuity not included.

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Lastly, if you need any other type of assistance, let us know!

In addition, there is so much you can do in NYC, from upstate art tours, to jet ski ride on the Hudson River, to open-door helicopter rides and picnics in the park!

Phiuf! And the best thing is that we can help plan everything for you!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York

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The Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York is guided walking tour of historic bars from the Prohibition Era replete with all the stories of immigration and the Gilded Age.


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If you don’t really know what the Prohibition Era was, it’s ok. I’ll briefly tell you below but you can also learn about it during the Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York!

In short, it was a 13-year period between 1920 – 1933, where the production, commercialization, distribution and importation of alcoholic beverages was completely banned throughout the United States.

But this did not mean that people stopped drinking or going out! What happened then was that the famous speakeasies started to pop up around the city!

These speakeasy bars were strategically placed in basements, in the back area of butcher shops, and in the most unique locations. It obviously was not advertised, and you only knew about these bars mostly from word-of-mouth.

Today, New York City is still the home of countless speakeasies. While many are quite hard to find, others you can only go in with a special ‘secret password’. Pretty cool, right?

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That said, this tour will tell you a bit more about his fascinating history and places.

The tour begins in Midtown at an original speakeasy – the speakeasy of all speakeasies.

The group then enter a Gilded Age bar celebrating the greatest catalyst to Prohibition. Finally, it will end at one of the oldest Irish bars in New York and celebrate the end of Prohibition together!

So, be sure to book your spot and come have fun with us in the Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York.

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Price: $40 / person
  • Time: starts at 4pm
  • Duration: 3 hours – 1.5 mile guided tour at a moderate walking pace
  • Meeting Location: 21 Club at 21 West 52nd Street
  • Dress Code: business casual apparel
  • One complimentary drink sampler (based off an original Prohibition-style cocktail)
  • Alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink menus available
  • Ticket price includes tax and fees. Gratuity not included.

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If you enjoyed this history tour in New York, be sure to check out other amazing tours and experiences through out the city!

And, if you need a private tour or need assistance in tailoring one for a corporate group, contact our experts!


Photo Credit: Courtesy
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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