While people dread growing older, birthdays are a time to celebrate with your closest friends and family. There are countless places to party the night away in New York, but here are some of the best bars to revel in birthday fun. By John Friia/Selena Ricks-Good.
90 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006
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Let your birthday celebration take over Clinton Hall, the gourmet beer hall in the Financial District, known for their 20 innovative burgers and vast craft beer selection. From an intimate celebration to a large party, people can surround the communal picnic tables and have endless fun with games, including their giant jenga, giant connect four, life size chess and beer pong. Besides the constant flowing of beer, the birthday boy or girl can enjoy their Birthday Cake Waffles.
Playroom At Pod 39
145 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
People can celebrate another year in the comfortable, yet lively Playroom of The Pod 39 Hotel. The colorful setting and soaring ceiling create an open layout with vintage couches, club chairs, a long raw steel bar and a projection screening wall that fills the communal space. While parting with friends, people can play one of numerous games, including ping pong or Battleship. Avid taco fans can enjoy Salvation Taco’s full menu, paired with a signature cocktail.
2 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10003
As people head down to The Django, they will feel like they have been transported to a roaring twenties jazz club. With vaulted ceiling, paint peeling into layers of emerald, sage and persimmon hues and vintage lighting fixtures was modeled after a Parisian bar. Ideal for groups and celebrations, The Django boasts two cocktail bars serving craft cocktails and small bites while enjoying the sounds of various jazz artists.
9 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
Instead of the typical bar to celebrate a birthday, people can head to Campeon. Offering classic Mexican dishes with a modern twist, Campeon turns any celebration into a fiesta. With 50 televisions, diners can catch the action of all sporting events while dancing the night away as the DJ spins beats. Campeon serves up seasonal specialties, like fried avocado petals accompanied with a zesty cholula ranch dip and over over 50 types of tequila — including infused options like strawberry-vanilla and lime-jalapeno. It’s time for birthday shots.
233 West Street
New York, NY 10013
Let the wine flow endlessly for birthday revelers at City Vineyard. Overlooking the Hudson River and boasting stunning views of Lower Manhattan, City Vineyard is New York City’s first waterfront wine garden, bar and restaurant. One of their unique offers is City Winery’s tap wine that will serve 15 wines on tap that include everyone’s favorite local sourced wines. With rooftop and indoor seating, the City Vineyard is the ideal spot to celebrate with family and friends.
210 Smith St.
Feeling one year wiser and in the mood to host a more civilized kind of debauchery? Book the handsome back parlor at this Cobble Hill cocktail joint and you will be clinking glasses in a wood-paneled den worthy of a Gatsby affair.
443 E. 6th St., 2nd Fl.
New York, NY
The ornate tropical decor at this Cuban rum bar practically demands that you have a good time. You’ll have to make a reservation as they fill up quickly. Libations are sold by the punch bowl – perfect for satisfying large groups of thirsty friends.
389 Broome St.
New York, NY
You’ll be asked to provide a table minimum (i.e., bottle service) to secure a spot at this still-trendy Nolita dance den, but if you want to party like a rockstar, GoldBar has you covered. From the wall of gold skulls to the gilded ceiling and chandeliers, this place oozes with bling. Sip cocktails like the Gold Rush (bourbon, lemon juice and honey) while you get down to the DJ’s beats.
168 Delancey St.
New York, NY
This tri-level rock club boasts a lush rooftop garden that is perfect for chilling with friends. Expect palm trees, fountain pools and a retractable roof. Although the drinks here are fairly inexpensive and the vibe is low-key, be sure to call ahead to book your private party–it’s still a popular spot since opening in 2004.
Bushwick Country Club
618 Grand St.
You’ve worked hard to plan your party–you deserve special treatment! From the coke and bourbon slushies to the photo booth to the mini golf course, this bar may be the definition of “hipster,” but it certainly is a welcoming place to let loose.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle.