House of Yes. Photo: Kenny Rodriguez
A New Year usually means new goals, and one of yours should be to take advantage of New York City’s one-of-a-kind nightlife scene—or at least the parts you’ve yet to conquer. Whether it’s seeing a live drag show, singing your heart out at karaoke or trying one of those Instagram-worthy drinks, resolve to do more with your nights this year. Read on for our list of 14 #goals for going out in the City.
For some reason, drinks are much more satisfying when obtained in one of the City’s clandestine watering holes, like the East Village’s (short for Please Don’t Tell). It’s a destination not only for its stellar cocktails but also for the trip to get inside—through an old phone booth in next door’s Crif Dogs.
For lip-synching, stagecraft and dance moves that will put yours to shame, go see the queens at . It’s a longstanding neighborhood gay bar with nightly themed shows as well as karaoke, bingo and a great “liquid brunch” deal on the weekends. A welcoming atmosphere and miraculous lack of cover charges add to the fun.
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In the mood to belt out your favorite ’80s hits? Head to in Koreatown (a micro-neighborhood that centers on 32nd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway), where you and your crew can claim a private room and choose from more than 100,000 songs to rock out to.
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Take the frozen beverage of your childhood, add a dose of alcohol, and you’ve got an essential summer drink. Some of our favorites are at Bed-Stuy’s , Nolita’s and Battery Park City’s , which serves an alcoholic ice pop in a glass of bubbly.
Cocktail menus—who needs ’em? The expert cocktail craftsmen at the Lower East Side’s will gladly mix up an off-menu quaff (spoiler alert: there is no menu here) according to a mood, flavor or spirit of your choice.
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When in Brooklyn, party like the Brooklynites do. Hit up a converted warehouse space like in Williamsburg or Bushwick’s . Both have plenty of room for big-name DJs, go-go dancers and 400 or so of your fellow revelers.
Other Half. Photo: MaI Coats
What’s more refreshing than a cold beer? How about a cold beer freshly poured in a ? Toast what’s brewing at in Carroll Gardens, in Long Island City, in Staten Island or any of a dozen or so other spots.
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Gowanus bar dares to pair drinking and axe throwing—after an experienced instructor shows you the blade-hurling ropes, of course. Call it exercise, call it competition or call it your new favorite way to pass the time at a bar.
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No more smuggling snacks and drinks into the theater. NYC’s , like in Williamsburg, let you order and chow down right in your seat. Just keep your crunching to a minimum during the dramatic scenes, please.
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In other words, drink on a boat. Step aboard Tribeca’s , which turns a historic schooner into a floating boîte, or Greenpoint’s to embrace your new nightlife goal as well as some of NYC’s best waterfront views.
is a longstanding player on the New York City jazz scene, hosting a mix of up-and-coming and well-known musicians in its cozy West Village basement lounge. Pop in to one of the club’s late-night jam sessions to hear the magic happen.