New York would be nothing if it didn’t think outside the box a little. That goes for its nightlife as well. Sitting at a bar with your closest pals or hitting clubs is so 2013. Push yourself and your going out plans to new horizons. Instead of a dive bar, sip a scotch on a rooftop overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Sing “Papa Don’t Preach” at the top of your lungs while donning your best Madonna outfit. Or better yet, travel back in time during a festival dedicated solely to the 1990s (yes, Coogi sweaters and Kurt Cobain sunglasses are highly encouraged). New York never ceases to surprise - lucky us.
ACOUSTICAELECTRONICA PRESENTED BY TOUCH PERFORMANCE ART
If you live to dance and dance to live, AcousticaElectronica is your night. The multi-sensory experience sees contemporary beats fused with classical music to devastating effect. While circus performers perform and drinkers drink, hit the dance floor and lose yourself in the moment. It's like Cirque du Soleil on steroids. It's like the best damn night of your life.
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT WITH DINNER, ONE COCKTAIL + WINE
Only an event this over-the-top and glam could get the swing-era Diamond Horseshoe Club to open its doors after 60 years. Dreamt up by one of the producers of Sleep No More, loosely based on Mozart's The Magic Flute, and helmed by a Tony-Award winning creative team, Queen Of The Night is a glorious fusion of performance, cuisine, nightlife, with a full sit-down dinner. Best of all, you can enjoy one cocktail, set decanters of wine, and dinner feast while all the magic goes down.
The phenomenal performance is experienced through YPlan starting from August 11th; $140 [includes dinner, cocktail + decanters of wine]. Book your tickets here.
MOMA SCAVENGER HUNT + COCKTAILS
There's more than one way to appreciate art. Sign up for the MoMA Scavenger Hunt and you'll develop a new-found affinity for modern art as you explore the majestic building. Solve the clues and complete the picture challenges as you sidestep masterpieces from the likes of Warhol and Dali. After the hunt, reconvene at the bar where the drinks and the chat will keep flowing.
If you're an avid beer enthusiast, you've probably wondered about the process behind beer-making...within the comfort of your home that is. In this three-hour workshop led by Bitters and Esters, you'll learn the basics to get you up and running on all things malts, grains, and yeasts, all while tasting homebrew samples along the way. Cultivate your love for the drink and bottoms up.
AUGUST CIGAR + SCOTCH TASTING
On the rooftop deck above Vivid Cabaret, there’s a space with your name on. Pull up a lounge seat, light a cigar, and take a moment to reflect while you soak up the view of the New York skyline. When the moment’s passed, finish your cigar, drain your glass of Dewar’s and take one last lingering look at the Empire State Building. Life is good.
Sip and drag while you take in the view with YPlan on August 13th at Vivid Cabaret; $25 [includes drinks + cigar]. Book your tickets here.
THE FILIBUS: MUSIC FESTIVAL + WINE/BEER TOUR
As a New Yorker, summer is sacred and you probably prefer to spend it outdoors drinking with friends. Tack on traveling and music to that and you've got yourself a pretty sweet deal, right? Hop aboard the bus alongside 200 of your friends as you hit three outdoor venues in the breathtaking Hudson Valley including Palaia Vineyards, Pennings Farm, and Orange County Distillery. With unique concerts (with The High and Mighty Brass Band headlining), themes, one free drink at each location, souvenirs, and surprises it's bound to be best summer day yet.
Hop aboard the bus for a tipsy and musical night on the Hudson Valley with YPlan on August 29th; $85 [includes drinks, concerts + transportation; $20 discount]. Book your tickets here.
This may be a new one for you: combine jazz and a boat and you get a wicked night of romance and rhythm. Clipper City sets sail from the Battery for a cruise around Manhattan quipped with bebop, smoky blues, ballads, and more jazz standards. Enjoy the skyline view on a warm summer night as acclaimed jazz guitarist Joe Cohn and accomplished saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith lead the swinging quintet.
The steamy, jazzy night sets sail from the Battery with YPlan starting from August 12th; $35.10. Book your tickets here.
IMMERSIVE ROOM ESCAPE EXPERIENCE
Trapped in a strange laboratory, your exit is barred by a locked door. A few clues are scattered around the lab, which appears to have been a base for studying time travel. Can you find the key and make your escape or will you drop into the temporal distortion field and never be seen again? This 60-minute quest will see your group faced with fiendish puzzles in an exhilarating race against the clock.
THE 12TH ANNUAL MADONNATHON
Oh, Madonna. You can do no wrong. Brooklyn Bowl will host its 12th annual Madonnathon - all things Madonna on one stage makes every fan of the Queen of Pop a very happy girl/boy. Not only will you have the chance to listen to live performances by renowned tribute artist Chris America but also over 10 artist perform the hits. Sport your best Madonna look to win prizes on top of that.
TAP+CORK: BROOKLYN BEER/WINE FEST 2015
In the past, someone who dedicated their whole life to the enjoyment of beer and wine was called a drunk. These days, however, things have changed. Society has grown up, and now these people have become wine-snobs and beer-hipsters. One of the best events catering to lovers of beer and wine is the annual Brooklyn Beer and Wine Festival, which is returning to the Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza for another year of an all-day sampling of the best local beer and wine the borough has to offer. Your general admission tickets snag 15 drinks of the best local beer and artisanal wine, before dancing and relaxing the night away. Upgrade to a VIP ticket to enjoy extra drinks and food from Daddy Green's Pizza.
DANCES OF VICE: SIN CITIES, 1930S PARIS
It's not every day you get to step inside a private Victorian mansion into the world of 1930s Paris. Dances of Vice is paying tribute to the original Sin Cities of the interwar cities. The city of seduction caters to all pleasure-seekers of the world, and played host to the greatest creative minds of the century. Step inside for a seductive night of synesthesia and electric exaltation.
BARS + CRAFTS SUMMER HAPPY HOUR
Drinking and painting go hand in hand. At least they do when you're at Arte Café with a beer in one hand and a brush in the other. This creative event, which includes an appetizer and a drink, furnishes you with all the materials you need to craft a custom water bottle. Pick a color, pick a technique and get stuck in.
Paint with one hand, drink with the other alongside YPlan at Arte Cafe on August 18th; $40 [includes appetizer, drink + supplies]. Book your tickets here.
FIRST ANNUAL 90SFEST
Get your fanny packs ready and your best Throwback Thursday face on. Brooklyn is hosting the first ever one-day music festival dedicated to all you log slammin', Bay-watchin', Y2K fearin' fiends of the 90s. Get jamming to performances by Blind Melon, Coolio, Smash Mouth, Salt-N-Pepa, Tonic, and more. Watch your favorite TV shows, commercials, and films on the big screen and don't forget to come dressed in your best Coogi sweater for a chance to win an All Access Pass. Hammer time.
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