It’s called the city that never sleeps for a reason. On any night of the week, New Yorkers are enjoying a cocktail, a dance party, a special meal, a karaoke session, and so much more. In fact, there are so many ways to cut loose, it can be a little overwhelming to choose just where you'll do it. Fear not, though: Here's a whole
list of places where you can get down for any occasion, whether it's your 21st birthday party, your wedding, a holiday party, or a get-together "just because."
National Sawdust Located in an old sawdust factory, National Sawdust's uber-modern interior hosts world-class concerts and events. But you don't have to be an artist-in-resident to take advantage of the amazing space. It's also possible to rent for any number of events, no string quartet required (Though they'd sound great if you brought them along!) The restaurant next door, Rider, is available for inventive cocktails and food, from passed apps to sit-down meals.
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street (at Wythe Avenue); 646-779-8455. Photo: Courtesy of National Sawdust. More
Industry Kitchen It's shockingly easy to forget Manhattan is an island, especially if your travels river the water's edge are limited to underground subway trip to Brooklyn. But, if you're not spending time by the island's edge, you're missing some of the city's best views. At Industry Kitchen, they have views to spare: at the edge of South Street Seaport, with the Brooklyn Bridge in full sight, its full-length glass windows will give your guests plenty to look at. The event menu, which includes American an Italian inspired bites and plates, will give them plenty to nosh on, too.
Industry Kitchen, 70 South St (at Maiden Lane); 212-487-9600. Photo: Courtesy of Industry Kitchen. More
The Foundry Located in Long Island City, this gorgeous 19th-century building is now an event space as well as frequent set for film and photography. (If it looks familiar, it may be because its where Jessa said her short-lived "I Do's" in season one of Girls.) Whether you're hosting a wedding or other event here, you will have to pay for catering and rentals separately. But if you're looking for a truly striking setting, it's hard to compete.
The Foundry, 42-38 9th Street (between 43rd Avenue and Queens Plaza South); 718-786-7776. Photo: Via The Foundry. More
Covina Within the Park South Hotel lies a pretty little place called Covina. Part cafe, bar, and restaurant, this all-encompassing spot boasts a sleek event space. Modern with sharp rustic touches, Covina's private dining room is lined with long wooden tables and flanked with floor to ceiling wine cellars. In short, it's a lovely place for an all evening affair.
Covina, Park South Hotel, 127 E. 27th Street (at Lexington Avenue); 212-204-0225. Photo: Via @ covina_nyc. More
Fedora Perhaps you've heard of Fedora in the West Village? Maybe you've even dined there. But did you know that deeper down into this basement restaurant lies a secret, cavernous, and private event space? A room that vibes old-world wine cellar with found art, tables, and chairs. This spot is full on charm and quirky details, making it an ideal gem for any special occasion.
Fedora, 239 West 4th Street (at Charles Street); 646-449-9336. Photo: Courtesy of Fedora. More
Weather Up Tribeca This sleek Tribeca bar meets rustic gourmet eatery hits many an NYC-venue high note: Hip specialty cocktails (e.g. the "Flamingo" or "Tequila Torchlight"), kick ass noshes (e.g. artichoke gratin and truffled cheese toast), and a "late night" happy hour (i.e. starting at 10p.m. on weeknights). The brass accents, mirrored walls, and tiled ceilings make for the warm, inviting, and chic space that your next successful soiree needs.
Weather Up, 159 Duane Street (between Hudson Street and West Broadway); 212-766-3202. Photo: Via @ infatuationphase_. More
Union Fare Union Fare hails as NYC's newest restaurant turned "gastrohall"— a large industrial space lit up with bright dangling bulbs and filled to the brim with eclectic eats. And with two private dining rooms large enough to host your closest 800 friends, UF is our rustic-chic pick for your next greater gathering.
Union Fare, 6 E. 18th Street (between 5th Avenue and Broadway); 212-633-6003. Photo: Via @ travvelers. More Read More
Avenue Nightclub Searching for a spot that's always down to get down? That's Avenue in NYC. The scene is industrialized Wild West meets spaceship disco and the crowd is constantly buzzing. Stop by for a night of dancing and stellar people watching — or just rent out the whole damn venue for your Western-70s-spaceship-themed party you've been looking to plan.
Avenue Nightclub, 116 10th Avenue (at West 17th Street); 212- 337-0054. Photo: Via @ avenueny. More
Il Bastardo Il Bastardo is old-school Italian restaurant meets hot NYC nightclub (we're talking Beyoncé and Jay-Z dropping by for dinner hot). Reserve a table, or the whole joint, for a birthday dinner where you're looking to get a little #lit after the linguine (i.e. dancing on tables with sparklers and champagne) — or just stop by for an all-you-can-drink brunch during your weekend of choice. Who knows, maybe you'll catch Queen Bee enjoying her steak and eggs while the party's popping off.
Il Bastardo, 191 7th Avenue (at West 21st Street); 212-675-5980. Photo: Via @ ilbastardobrunchnyc. More
Graffiti Alley At Jue Lan Club Jue Lan Club may be known for its fabulous Chinese food — but the exclusive, bright, and buzzy Graffiti Alley is really where it's at. A hidden gem within the club, the Alley has been decorated by BK's most notable graffiti artists. So if you're looking for the place to throw your next speakeasy event with street-sleek flair, it's a safe bet to opt for a posh graffitied alleyway.
Jue Lan Club, 49 W 20th Streets ( between 20th and 21st Streets); 646- 524-7409. Photo: Courtesy of Jue Lan Club. More
Vandal If the provocative name of this joint doesn't entice you, then the buzz surrounding the flashy dishes and decor surely will. A prime parking spot in downtown Manhattan, this restaurant-lounge offers up globally inspired and inventive eats in an art-eclectic setting. The vibes are lively, the crowd is street sleek, and the DJ's tunes are always bumping.
Vandal, 199 Bowery (between Rivington and Delancey); 212- 400-0199. Photo: Via @ bettyxu401. More
June This delightful wine bar, serving up small plates, and tucked cozily away on a street in Cobble Hill, is just the hip yet understated venue for your next bash.
June's interior is speckled with small tables and an occasional swanky booth placed across from the long wooden bar. The quaint and narrow space is utilized well, and more than made up for with an airy outdoor deck and garden area.
June BK, 231 Court Street (between Baltic and Warren Street) in Brooklyn; 917-909-0434. Photo Via: @ junewinebk. More
GoldBar Known for hosting some of the big city's swankiest get togethers, GoldBar should surely be on your party-booking hit list. The night club boasts a killer cocktail menu and a (you guessed it) gold interior, with a DJ always willing to spin some throwback hip hop tunes. The sparkling chandeliers dangling from the cavernous ceiling and metallic skulls lining the Renaissance art-hanging walls will make this an NYC night you won't likely mix in with the rest.
GoldBar, 389 Broome Street (at Mulberry Street); 212-274-1568. Photo: Courtesy of GoldBar. More
The Pit at Sons of Essex With a strong Gangs of New York feel, Sons of Essex offers up unique old-school bar vibes with killer food, music, and an attentive staff to boot. The ambiance is intimate and minimalist, yet still stylish (in an old world sort of way). Opt for an evening at the full bar and back restaurant, or pop down to the pit and get your inner Daniel Day Lewis on (handle bar mustache optional).
Sons of Essex, 133 Essex Street (at Rivington Street); 212-674-7100. Photo: Courtesy of Sons of Essex. More
Sixty LES Located in downtown Manhattan, Sixty LES is the perfect place to host any swanky affair. With a vibrant swimming pool and Warhol-themed art, it gives off some major retro-chic vibes. It's tip top dinning room and roof-top bar are also perfect places to move your party. So definitely pop on by to enjoy a night out or celebrate your next big bash.
Sixty LES, 190 Allen Street (between East Houston and Stanton Street); 212- 460-5300. Photo: Courtesy of Sixty LES. More
Tijuana Picnic Tijuana Picnic is a retro-chic Mexican eatery, turned downstairs bumping bar. Stop by this LES haunt for an inventive meal with many margaritas ( the Sassy Señorita, anyone?) — or follow the red glowing sign straight down into the basement, where a DJ spins and a disco ball sparkles.
Large dinner parties and private events are bookable — so what're you waiting for? We'll see you on the floor.
Tijuana Picnic, 151 Essex Street (at Stanton Street); 212-219-2000. Photo: Via @ tijuanapicnicnyc. More
The Mulberry Project Behind an unmarked red door lies this underground speakeasy — the perfect spot for twenty-somethings looking to get in touch with their inner Sinatra. The Little Italy hideaway, known for its bespoke cocktails and eclectic NYC street art, is able to host seated dinners for groups of 40 and can hold 20 more for standing cocktail receptions.
Want to take your party outside? An outdoor garden and patio, that can hold a group of 65 to 100, invites visitors to relax in the night air as they are transported back to prohibition era. Note: flapper dresses are not required.
The Mulberry Project, 149 Mulberry Street (between Hester and Grand Street); 646-448-4536. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs Set inside a two story Tribeca townhouse dating all the way back to 1810. Tiny's is not only a bar but also a delicious dining destination and charming event space to boot. Rent out the whole joint or just the top floor. The historical interior, kept fresh with playful decor updates, makes for a cozy and buzzy atmosphere.
Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs, 135 W. Broadway (at Duane Street); 212-374-1135. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Kings County Distillery Tucked away in the industrial Brooklyn Navy Yard, Kings County is way more than just a whiskey distillery. Set up a private group tasting and touring event within the historic former bank building — or just celebrate a special occasion over creative cocktails in their gatehouse turned back garden bar. This place has some serious hidden charm.
Kings County Distillery, 299 Sands Street (at Navy Street); 347-689-4211. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Events At Stone Park Located just next door to the beloved Park Slope cafe, Stone Park, this inviting space offers all the seasonal dining and ambiance of the restaurant in a private space. A backyard garden could be the ideal spot for an intimate wedding, with seating for up to 50 people. Looking to throw a more low-key, cocktail-heavy affair? Up to 75 guests can enjoy the space.
Events At Stone Park, 324 Fifth Avenue (at 3rd Street); 718-369-0082. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Sugar Factory American Brasserie Yes, it’s for grown-ups, too. You can eat in the dining room or reserve the private dining room (accessed through the candy store) at this mecca for all things sugar. With drinks made of literally liquified lollipops, and a milkshake named after Barbie, this would be a great spot for the girliest bachelorette party ever.
Sugar Factory American Brasserie, 46 Gansevoort Street (at Greenwich Street); 212-414-8700. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Arlene’s Grocery As one of the beloved hubs of the New York rock scene, this club is so iconic that Saturday Night Live has filmed cast members hanging out there in their opening montage. Bands are booked every night of the week, but you might not know that you can also host events in the private room. You’ll have a bar all to yourselves and even have the option of charging cover.
Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton Street (between Ludlow and Orchard Streets); 212-358-1633. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Bushwick Country Club You might want to judge your friend group based on how they handle this place, with its layers and layers of hipster irony. It’s a dive bar named like the typical enclave of the wealthy, with a mini golf course in the back comprised of ripped pieces of turf. The broken furniture inside doesn’t fare much better, but there is a frozen-drink machine serving whiskey slushies. So just try not to think about it all too hard.
Bushwick Country Club, 618 Grand Street (between Lorimer and Leonard Streets); 718-388-2114. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
The Wooly A place to party in the Financial District—yes, it’s possible! This speakeasy is hiding inside the landmark Woolworth Building (the old skyscraper with the pointy, aged-copper roof to you), and the feel is adorably funky. With two rooms, you can relax at the bar or tear up the little dance floor.
The Wooly, 11 Barclay Street (between Church Street and Broadway); no phone. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Up and Down It’s your party and you’ll make everyone get dressed up and hit a nightclub if you want to. You’ve got a serious scene on your hands at this place, but the two glossy levels have slightly different vibes. We prefer the one with the circa 2000 rap music.
Up and Down, 244 W 14th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues); 212-242-4411. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Franny’s It’s very farm friendly at Franny’s, where the food is local, sustainable, and organic. They even convert the kitchen grease to biodiesel fuel! The restaurant is a great place to dine on veggie-tastic pastas and pizzas, or you can use the cellar for private meals, from birthday dinners to weddings.
Franny’s, 348 Flatbush Avenue (between Sterling Place and 8th Avenue), Park Slope; 718-230-0221. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Cienfuegos Named after the Cuban resort city, this restaurant feels like an old Caribbean manse, with bold green walls and bright white furniture. The decor is enough to transport you, but the food is incredible. There’s an emphasis on rum drinks, naturally, and did we mention the guacamole with pork belly? Consider moving up your birthday drinks, so you can have the dinner here, too.
Cienfuegos, 95 Avenue A (at 6th Street); (212) 614-6818. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
NoMad Hotel Rooftop Holy moly, is the NoMad Hotel beautiful. It’s decorated in rich velvets and warm leather, with jewel-tone colors and quirky art, and that special touch extends to the rooftop. You can sit with friends at tables divided by little grassy knolls, or rent the special event space — the latter makes for one epic dinner party.
NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway (at 28th Street); 212-796-1500. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Lavender Lake Planning a party doesn’t have to be a whole fuss. No matter what feel you’re going for, you can achieve it at Lavender Lake, a strikingly low-key gastropub with a fun backyard. Hang out, sip some beers, try the unreal brussels sprouts, feel that sunshine, and you’ll have such a great time you’ll forget you’re the hostess.
Lavender Lake, 383 Carroll Street (at Bond Street), Brooklyn; 347-799-2154. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Rainbow Room Old New York is getting harder and harder to come by, but it’s alive and well at the top of 30 Rock. The iconic restaurant opened in the 1930s, and not much has changed. You can still get white linen tablecloths, a revolving dance floor, a glittering chandelier, and lovely views. You can stop in for brunch on Sundays, but every other night is reserved for special events — maybe yours should be one of them?
Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (between West 49th and 50th streets); 212-632-5000. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Crown Victoria If the best present you can imagine for your birthday this year is all of your best friends day drinking under the sunshine, then Crown Victoria is your place. There is a bar, yes, but it’s really all about the outdoor space: a whopping 10,000-feet of it! There are picnic tables, colorful umbrellas, bocce courts, and more, which makes it really easy to meet people (or take over tables and only talk to your friends, if that’s more your speed).
Crown Victoria, 60 South 2nd Street (between Kent and Wythe avenues), Brooklyn; 917-719-6072. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
The Penthouse at Hotel on Rivington There are rooftops, and then there's this Lower East Side hotel's penthouse: three stories of glass, all for you, if you want it enough. While the views are amazing during the day, surrounding yourself with 360 degrees of twinkling NYC lights is even better.
Hotel on Rivington, 107 Rivington Street (between Ludlow and Essex streets); 212-475-2600. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel By now you’ve probably heard of (or experienced) the theater experience Sleep No More, housed in the gothically gorgeous McKittrick Hotel. But what about its rooftop? Gallow Green is similarly theatrical, with draping vines creating a roof garden look, and you can hang out or host an event there.
Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel, 542 West 27th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh avenues); 212-564-1662. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
61 Local The expansive space of this pub, with its high ceilings, brick walls, and dangling bulbs, is unlike most NYC watering holes in that it allows you to hang out and actually breathe. Its beer-garden-esque feel, however, translates surprisingly well to private events, where the warm wood and quiet surroundings will make your party feel especially intimate.
61 Local, 61 Bergen Street (between Boerum Place and Smith Street), Brooklyn; 718-875-1150. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Barcade Here’s the natural upgrade from your dream birthday party in the third grade. There are tons of vintage arcade games, scores of beer options, and, most important, lots of space to run around — a rare and beautiful thing in this city. Why didn’t anyone think of this bar-and-arcade concept sooner? It’s the perfect setting for a fun, low-key night.
Barcade, Multiple Locations. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Bouley Botanical Ask your boss if your next client presentation (or deal-sealing meal) can be held at Bouley Botanical, a bright, airy space that accommodates 8 to 100 people for dinner and 150 for receptions. You can customize the space with LED lights, music, projectors, and more, though all those technical possibilities contrast with the look of the place. Plus, there are 400 species of plants in "vertical gardens" lining the windows, so take a nice, deep breath.
Bouley Botanical, 281 Church Street (at White Street); 917-237-3205. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Mondrian Soho Penthouse and Terrace The trademark Secret Garden –like entrance to the Mondrian Soho is mirrored on its leafy terrace, which offers spectacular views of the city. The minimalist penthouse, which opens onto the patio, lends itself to customized decor and can be booked for a private party, fancy meal, or even an intimate wedding.
Mondrian Soho Penthouse and Terrace, 9 Crosby Street (between Grand and Howard streets); 212-389-1000. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Tutu’s There are many reasons to love Tutu’s — its proud hangover-fighting brunch menu and its beer-and-burger happy-hour deal are just a few. The name of this spot comes from the Hawaiian word for grandmother, and this place indeed hugs you like a granny. It makes party-planning just as comforting, too, with a team that’ll help you personalize the space for any event, price point, or menu.
Tutu’s, 25 Bogart Street (at Varet Street), Brooklyn; 718-456-7898. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Wallflower The fact that there’s a cocktail named after Betty Draper on the menu tells you everything you need to know about this place. It’s elegant, old-fashioned (with decor like a speakeasy), and feminine in a completely charming way. The bar is the perfect place for girls’ night, with fancy seafood bites and creative drinks with unexpected touches like corn purée or lemon sorbet.
Wallflower, 235 West 12th Street (between West 4th Street and Greenwich Avenue); No phone. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Sheltering Sky at McCarren Hotel and Pool You might know that the best views of New York City come from outside Manhattan, and one place where you can catch such a glimpse is Sheltering Sky in Williamsburg. Watch the island, sparkling away, from the comfy couches at this rooftop bar, which overlooks McCarren Park. It shares a creative director with the Gramercy Hotel’s Rose Bar, so you can expect similarly chichi opulence.
Sheltering Sky at McCarren Hotel and Pool, 160 North 12th Street (between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street); 718-218-7500. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Bar Naná This spot is one of those places that made the Meatpacking District a "thing" not so long ago. And, as you would expect, the space is dark, slick, and chic, with a French-South American fusion reflected in the drinks and food. The bar is now open only for private events, so you don’t have to feel too bad about not getting in these days.
Bar Naná, 63 Gansevoort Street (between Washington and Greenwich streets); No phone. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Charlie Bird You can rent out the entirety of this slim little restaurant or, if your pockets aren’t incredibly well lined, take over the private dining room with 14 people or fewer. The neon lights and jazz theme will make you feel like the hippest host of all time. There are small and large plates, which are great for sharing, with an emphasis on seafood and Italian fare.
Charlie Bird, 5 King Street (at Sixth Avenue); 212-235-7133. Photo Via: Sixty LES More
Brooklyn Winery You don’t have to get on a plane to tour a winery. Just hop on the L train. Visit the premises of this small-batch winery in Williamsburg to learn how the vino is made, and then chill out at the attached wine bar. You could make an afternoon of it or host an event here. If you pour the wine, they will come.
Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street (between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street); 347-763-1506. Photo Via: Sixty LES More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Reddit Flipped Out Over This Hilarious Letter To A Loud Neighbor See How The Royals Decorate For The Holidays At Buckingham Palace These DIY Stranger Things Lights Are Perfect For Halloween