Kate Dingwall Picks 10 'Crazy' Themed New York City Bars to Visit!
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As much as we love New York City, we've probably seen more than our fair share of cute bars with a stellar drink list and above-average pub fare. So what better way to switch up your happy hour routine then to add a little kitsch? Whether you’re craving a tropical getaway or itching to be whisked away to a nerdy dreamland, MYC Writer Kate Dingwall shares her list of ten of the best themed bars to whet your whistle, all within the corners of New York City. Read on:
The Trailer Park Lounge
Nestled in the Chelsea village is the Trailer Park Lounge. The bar has Trailer Park Boys meets Dukes of Hazzard nostalgia to it without ever stepping foot out of Manhattan. Christmas lights illuminate the interior and walls are covered with knick knacks – everything from velvet portraits of Elvis to neon signs to mannequin parts. The drink specials are just as much a riot as the décor. My date and I opted to share the “Paradise Hawaiian Style” – a heavy-handed rum and brandy drink served in a pineapple (complete with straws!) The neon-hued “Jim Bob’s I.Q.” is guaranteed to erase any signs of intelligence you may have had (and I believe them!)
Address: 271 W 23rd St, New York, NY, 10011
Cowgirl’s gives a big ol’ portion of the South right in NYC’s West Village. Not only is the bar wickedly outfitted, but the food is mouth watering. I opted for the homemade chilli while my date indulged in the BBQ ribs, and both were finger licking good. It was authentic to the minute detail – even our whiskey sours had plastic donkeys decorating the rim. Cowgirls also offers an assortment of Tex-Mex specialties, make it a prime stop both before and after drinking. It’s more of a family-oriented watering hole, but still a great stop nonetheless.
Ellen’s Stardust Diner
This 50’s style diner is out of a true New York fantasy. Home to a wait staff of Broadway hopefuls, the staff serenaded us with show tune classics while we waited for your food. Old televisions screen black and white movies while a train set winds its way through the dining room. Overall the food was nothing special, but the entertainment is worth the stop alone.
Address: 1650 Broadway, New York, NY, 10019
The Way Station
This Brooklyn haunt is nerdvana – a Dr. Who themed bar complete with blue police box. The bar boasts an extensive cocktail menu inspired by characters from the show- including the River Song, Captain Jack and Mr. Pink. Get your Tardis ready because this isn’t a stop to miss.
This 60’s style beauty salon, complete with chrome domed salon chairs, is the perfect place to groom and gossip while groovy oldies tunes blast. Their “Martini and Manicure” deal has to be one of the best in the city – for ten dollars you can treat yourself to a manicure while sipping on their signature martinis.
Address: 241 E 14th St, New York, NY, 10013
Stay Classy New York
Named after the funnyman who belted out that historical line in Anchorman, Stay Classy New York is an ode to Will Ferrell’s range of roles throughout his extensive career
Drinks reflect his most memorable lines, from the tequila infused “Smelly Pirate Hooker” to the Zoolander nod “Mugatu Mule.” My personal favorite is the “Glass Case of Emotion” with hints of rosemary, peach and whiskey. Photos of Ferrell in his finest (and not-so-finest) roles plaster the walls.
Address: 174 Rivington St, New York, NY, 10002
This under-the-radar bar serves prescriptions rather than drinks – you can choose your libations from a list of aphrodisiacs, stress relievers, euphoric enhancers and other alcoholic remedies. Antique medicine bottles line the 30 foot bar and barkeeps are dressed up like Parisian apothecaries from the 1800’s.
Address: 9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10079
This Ninja-themed bar is famous around the world, which may be reflected in the sky-high pricing of the food. When you enter you’re lead down a rabbit hole of dark stone tunnels into your cell, A.K.A. table. The waiters are dressed as real ninjas and scream psychotically constantly, popping out when you least expect it. It’s a strange experience, but not one to miss.
Address: 25 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
For a surfer who just can’t get to the beach, this bar has everything – surfboard décor, a tiki bar, tacos and a full arsenal of frozen drinks. As an avid surfer, Reunion was a quick (re: needed) break from the hustle and bustle of big city life without even hopping on a plane. Take the plunge and head down to Hell’s Kitchen – I recommend the “Frozen Corona” to help chase away the blues of New York City winters.
Address: 44th & 9th, New York, NY, 10036
Gotham City Lounge
Comic book geeks unite! At Gotham City Lounge in Brooklyn, you can sip away your sorrows under the watchful eyes of your favorite superheroes. The walls are lined with comic book cut-outs and gives off the vibe of the ultimate nerd cave. It even has a pool table and projector for video games (swoon!)
Address: 1293 Myrtle Ave, New York, NY, 11221
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